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My dog isJA: I'll do all I can to...

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25 May 2022

My dog is
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: My dog is vomiTing and has diarrhea
JA: Does the vomit look liquidy or foamy? Is there food in it?
Customer: there was food at first, now foamy
JA: Could the dog have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: i don’t think so.
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Coal age 7
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: i don’t think so
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25 May 2022

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Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Hello! Welcome to Just Answer! My name is***** please give me a moment while I check your conversation with Pearl. May I have your name please?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Jill
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Hi Jill. I am happy to help you with this question. I understand how important an answer is to your question, so I will work on this for you until it is resolved. Approximately how many times has Coal vomited in the last 24 hours? 



25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
About 5 or 6 times since this morning.
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Thank you. Approximately how much does Coal weigh?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
About 80 pounds
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Have you observed any blood or mucus in the stool?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
No not in his stool. I think there may have been some last time he vomited.
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Does Coal have a chronic or sporadic history of vomiting or diarrhea prior to today?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
No he doesn't
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

One of the biggest concerns we have when this happens is the risk of dehydration. This could require treatment by a veterinarian, so I am going to recommend a few ways to measure the hydration status.

There are two methods to check the hydration level. The more accurate method is to feel the gums. They should feel wet and slippery normally. If they feel dry or sticky then that is a sign of dehydration. The second method is called the "skin tent test." This is performed by gently pulling up on the skin behind the shoulders and letting go when you feel resistance. Count how long it takes for the skin to return to a normal position. Normal is less than 2 seconds. Please let me know what you find.

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
His gums seem normal and so does his skin.
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

Thank you for doing that. As long as the hydration test is normal, then you can continue to treat at home. There are many causes of vomiting, but some of the most common reasons are a sudden change in diet, swallowing a foreign object, intestine parasite, or internal organ inflammation. A veterinarian might need to be seen. In the meantime, there are some over-the-counter treatments we can try first.

Treatment for vomiting is first recommended to withhold all food for the next 4 to 6 hours. Water should be withheld for at least 20 to 30 minutes. This allows the stomach to rest. You can also give an over-the-counter remedy to help reduce nausea. A good over-the-counter medication you can give is Prilosec (i.e. omeprazole) or Pepcid AC (i.e. famotidine). The amount to give is 10 mg.

If no vomiting occurs after 6 hours, then you can offer a low-fat diet, which consists of things like low fat cottage cheese, boiled chicken, white rice, or sweet potatoes. Offer this in small amounts. You can also add a little fiber to the diet to help bulk the stool. Psyllium husk such as Metamucil or Benefiber are safe fiber options you may add to the diet. Canned pumpkin can also be given, but it has less bulking effects compared to the others. Water may always be offered. Pedialyte is safe to give. Kaolin & pectin and probiotics are helpful adjuncts to treatment of diarrhea. Imodium can also be given in the amount of 2 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed for a period of only 2 to 3 days. If diarrhea persists for more than 48 hours, then a veterinarian should be seen.
Keep monitoring the hydration status 1 to 2 times per day. If vomiting continues, or if you notice a worsening of the hydration status, then a veterinarian should be seen.

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Thank you. Can i give him Nexium?
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

We do not have an established dose of Nexium, but it is labeled for use when given intravenously. We can assume the dose is similar when giving it orally. The dose is 40 mg every 12 to 24 hours as needed.

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Great thank you!
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

It is my pleasure. Do you have any other questions for now?

25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

I hope I have given you a satisfactory answer. If you have any follow up questions, please reply here and I will be happy to assist you.

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
No, I think we are ok for now.
25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Thank you again!
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

It is my pleasure. I am happy to help.

25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
28 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian

This is Dr. Perry and I just wanted to check in to see if you have any follow up questions. Please let me know if you do and I will do my best to help.

28 May 2022
Customer reply
28 May 2022
Hello, thanks dogs are getting better slowly.
28 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
28 May 2022
Scott Perry
Scott Perry

That is great to hear. I am glad to know Coal is doing well.

Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
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