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My 3 week old pup is vomiting she vomited a lot about an hour ago and now she can only lie down for 10 minutes before she starts heaving and then sometimes vomiting I’ve only had her 4 days, and didn’t realise she was only 3-4 weeks old and the sellers had already sold 9 of the litter. What Can I do to help my pup,

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?

I noticed she ate some of our other pups kibble and she vomited three peices up

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Navara she’s a little Great Dane

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Navara?

I think she was weaned too early. Her mum did reject the litter tho. Her diet consists of puppy milk twice a day

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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

At 3 weeks of age, Navara is too young to be treated at home and should be examined and treated by your veterinarian. You are correct that she was taken away from her mother and sold far too young which means her immune system is likely to be weak.

If you must treat from home, 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 mixed with puppy milk. 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. Blend this up with puppy milk to make a slurry. 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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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Checking in. How is Navara today?

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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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