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He has yellowish eye discharge (it's goopy) and he threw up…

He has yellowish eye...

He has yellowish eye discharge (it's goopy) and he threw up this morning before breakfast the only new thing he has had was peanutbutter (yesterday in a bone)

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

Just the peanutbutter...otherwise just his normal food

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

Prince...he's 6 months old

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

He's up to date on all his shots. we've been taking him to the dog park a lot recently. he also just got groomed for the first time on Friday. he also goes to doggie day care 2x a week. not sure if it has to do with the other dogs

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Any dietary changes can cause a GI upset, you may want to cut back on the amount of peanut butter being received or stuff kongs/bones with a kibble/peanut butter mixture to decrease the risk of GI upset that may follow.

The eye discharge may be a fleeting concern, but we can see this when dogs are vomiting secondary to mild dehydration. If it persists, you'll want to have an exam done to ensure that this is not an eye infection.

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 5 months ago
Thank you. I appreciate it. We scheduled an appointment with our vet too just to be in the safe side. He’s a rescue and we’ve only had him for 3 weeks. I’d rather be overly cautious.

Good plan. Let me know if I can help further. Good luck!

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