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My dog threw up his food but it came out like a terd with a…

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Hello. My dog threw up his food but it came out like a long terd with a heavy saliva on it. It was about an hour after he ate. It does not contain a smell. Should I be concerned? The only change in his diet was some bacon strips my husband started giving him on yesterday. He is a 6 month old Havanese

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?

No. He's pretty healthy and active

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

Are the bacon strips you mentioned real bacon or "beggin strips" intended for dogs? Does he have these regularly?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
they are beggin strips by purina. Other than that he eats Science Diet puppy 1 wet food. No human goods have been given
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Thank you for the clarification. It's not uncommon for treats to cause nausea and vomiting if they are new to the pet's diet or a pet has too many.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Was about pepto bismal? Would that work or it has to be pepcid?
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Pepto can be used if it's all you have on hand. I find, however, that pepcid works better. Pepto dosage here: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/pepto-bismol-for-dogs/

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Did my reply come through, JAcustomer?

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Checking in. How is your companion doing today? I did not hear back after our last transmission yesterday.

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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