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28 lb Boston terrier/pug mix. Came home from...

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2 Apr 2020

28 lb Boston terrier/pug mix. Came home from work and found vomit on the carpet. Was on a farm yesterday - looked like he might have gotten in the compost pile. Which has happened before and is usually fine - sometimes has gotten works and able to deworm over the counter. So I fed him dinner as normal - he is food crazy normally - he very slowly ate. About an hour later he threw it all up. Drank a bunch of water. 30ish min later threw up remaining food and the water. He started acting weird by sitting under the table (never does that). Fed him some rice - he ate it slowly but did eat it. He has kept that down for about 3 hours now. Stretching his back legs out, seems uneasy and uncomfortable.
JA: The Expert will know if the Boston Terrier will be okay to digest the carpet. What's the Boston Terrier's name and age?
Customer: Tom. 3 years.
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No
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2 Apr 2020

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2 Apr 2020
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian

Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your Boston Terrier/Pug mix boy Tom who has been vomiting tonight. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next few minutes. Thank you for your patience.

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I will get back to you very soon!

Dr E

2 Apr 2020
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2 Apr 2020
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with Tom to cause this vomiting, and while it could certainly be due to potentially getting in to the compost yesterday, we also we need to consider anything from an infectious gastroenteritis, to a toxicity (hopefully there isn't anything that he could have gotten into), to intestinal worms or even a foreign body obstruction. Whatever the case, you will definitely need to continue to keep a close eye on Tom, and if this vomiting continues, then you will need to get him seen by your local ER or after hours vet tonight. Likewise, if he seems particularly lethargic now, you are best to try and find a local after hours vet to check him over straight away.

For now, make sure Tom has plenty of fresh water available and encourage him to drink. The biggest concern right now is that he could become dehydrated. If he won't drink or can't keep water down, then you are best to get him seen by your local ER vet tonight where they can start him on some intravenous (IV) fluids. You can with hold his food until the morning now, and from then you can start him on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice. Don't worry about getting him to eat tonight, but definitely encourage him to drink now and over night. If he isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making him up a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed him this luke-warm broth.

Now and overnight, please keep a close eye on Tom's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:

Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

As Tom is likely quite nauseous right now (hence the stretching of his back legs and seems uncomfortable), you may also want to try him with a little pepcid. The typical dose for this type of situation is 0.25mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of Pepcid in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid

Best of luck with Tom and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if he can't keep water down, seems very lethargic, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get him seen tonight. Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with or clarify.

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Dr E

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2 Apr 2020
Customer reply
2 Apr 2020
Thank you for the response. He just threw up the rice as well as all the grass he ate on our most recent walk. He has always been a grass eater but was being way more intense about it tonight. If he does not drink the water or broth is that reason to take him in?
2 Apr 2020
Customer reply
2 Apr 2020
are there any alternatives to Pepcid?
2 Apr 2020
Dog Veterinarian's response
2 Apr 2020
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Happy to help! Yes, if he won’t drink or can’t keep water down, he could easily become dehydrated, so do get him seen if that’s the case. If you don’t have Pepcid, just monitor him overnight and see how he goes.
All the best,
Dr E
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Pet Doc
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