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My dog isn't eating for 3 days now he is...

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18 Jun 2021

My dog isn't eating for 3 days now he is a medium dog terrier mixed poodle 9 months old he has had a upset stomach and vomiting I already have an account with you
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this decrease in the Terrier's appetite? How is his energy level?
Customer: 3 days ago
JA: Does the Terrier seem to be in any pain?
Customer: No
JA: And what's the Terrier's name and age?
Customer: Chewy 9 months old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No
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18 Jun 2021

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18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

Thank you for reaching out to Just Answer. This is Dr. C and I have extensive experience as an ER veterinarian. I know how important your pet is to you and I appreciate you entrusting me as part of their care team.

The phone call prompt (for an extra fee) is automatically generated by the website so feel free to decline. I cannot make a diagnosis or prescribe medications without an exam, but I can make my best recommendations based on the information you give me.

It will take me a number of minutes to type out a response to your question since I try to be very thorough in my recommendations based on your unique issues, so please bear with me.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

May I ask some questions so I can best help you?

Is Chewy still eating?

How frequently is he vomiting?

Is he acting really weak?

About how much does he weigh?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Chewing isn't eating at all he is vomiting a lot he looks weak he weighs about ? 15 pounds?
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Ok
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Is a veterinarian going to call me ?
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

I just got the phone call request. I can give you a call in the next 10 minutes. My number starts with +39

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

It was good to speak with you tonight about Chewy. The following is a summary of what we talked about with a few more details:

Vomiting is a common cause of dogs being seen at the vet during an emergency appointment. The simplest cause of vomiting is gastritis, or upset stomach from eating something that didn't sit well. This issue can oftentimes be treated at home as long as the pet isn't getting too dehydrated.

The more serious causes are

-intestinal blockage

-pancreatitis

-kidney disease

-liver disease

-metabolic disease

-infectious disease (like parvovirus)

-toxin

-intestinal parasites

In Chewy's case since he has been sick for several days and he is not holding anything down I am worried about something more serious. There is not treatment at home for this and whatever is causing the vomiting can cause him to get much sicker quickly, so the sooner he is seen by a veterinarian the better.

I would recommend the following until he can be seen by a veterinarian:

1) Do not feed him for 6 to 12 hours after he last vomited and hold his water for a few hours, after several hours start offering him frequent and small amounts of water or pedialyte (so he doesn't gulp down a large amount of water and make himself sick).

2) After at least 6 hours, offer a small amount of a bland diet like boiled chicken and rice or canned chicken or meat baby food (without onion powder). If he holds that down you can start feeding him during his mealtimes but use the bland diet and give small amounts at first.

3) After several days you can transition him back to his normal diet.

4) Start giving Prilosec OTC (omeprazole) or Pepcid AC (famotidine) a few hours of him not vomiting and if he is holding the sips of water down. Purchase the 10mg tablets and give 1/2 tablets of these (5mg) once every 24 hours for the next several days. This can help settle his stomach. You can purchase this antacid over the counter at a Pharmacy or grocery store.

He should be seen by his veterinarian first thing tomorrow if possible. If he becomes weak, very painful, or is losing a lot of fluid through vomiting and/or diarrhea he should be seen sooner at an emergency vet.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

Have I answered your question? If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. It’s my goal to deliver excellent service, so please let me know if there is anything more I can do. I also can continue to answer any further questions you might have over the next few days here on this chat thread. I hope Chewy starts feeling better soon!

Dr-C
Dr-C
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