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My puppy has been throwing up what looks like...

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23 Aug 2019

My puppy has been throwing up what looks like foamy saliva
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your puppy eat anything unusual?
Customer: Yes a piece of a sandal she was chewing on
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Lady
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lady?
Customer: She pooped yellow
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23 Aug 2019

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23 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

23 Aug 2019
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23 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

When did she chew up the sandal?

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? Have any table food or scraps been fed in the last few days (even if your pet regularly receives it)? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment? Addition of medication? Toxin ingestion? ​

Any diarrhea?

How old is she?

23 Aug 2019
Customer reply
23 Aug 2019
She was with me but was taken by my sister on Monday, that’s when she chewed the sandal. She is about 5-9 weeks old. She hasn’t ate anything since Monday and all she drinks is water, she was eating fine and drinking fine before she went with my sister. She also would eat other dogs poop from outside.
23 Aug 2019
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23 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy

It's almost Friday. You absolutely need to have her examined. If she's consumed part if this sandal and it's caused a complete gastric blockage, you have a very limited amount of time before the intestines begin to die. If the intestines do begin to die, she may require surgery to remove not only the blockage but part of her intestines, as well. I share this info not to scare you, but to be entirely upfront about what you may experience in the near future.

If you need help finding a vet that can see her, I need your location. Ideally, I'd have her examined tonight at an ER location. She absolutely requires emergency medical care at this stage.

Failing this, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better and help to restore their appetite back to normal. 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. If you need help finding a location that can see your pet (even just to keep on hand), I can help. I’ll need you to provide your location as the website does not give us this.

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.

You can give regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours if no other medications are being given that we haven’t discussed. This should help with GI symptoms. You can find the dosing information available here: https://www.petcarerx.com/medication-guides/famotidine-for-pet-stomach-ulcers/1116 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to use 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). Be sure to give a few teaspoons of water following any dry pilling to help flush the pill down to the stomach. [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, please discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours after you have given a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a small amount of 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). Avoid skin and bone. Use no salt, butter, oils, spices or other enticing additives. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the meat 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 using or adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. You want to 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 a 10 day period. 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.

It has been my honor to assist you today, I hope this information has been helpful as I take a great deal of pride in my work. I will be standing by if you have any questions I did not address, please feel free to reply and I will respond further. Please be sure to leave a rating or issue thanks before signing off today so that I know you received my response above. It’s imperative for this to be done for the website to compensate me for helping you.

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Okay thank you so much for your help.
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