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Bear sounds like a bit of a scoundrel!
Do you know how much he weighs, or what type of dog he is?
he is 11kg we weighed him after he ate it and hes now around 12kg after he ate what he ate
he was last weighed at the vets on friday
he is a kelpie cross
his stomach is quite swollen and hard but has softened over the last few hours he doesn't seem in pain or uncomfortable and is good form its quite late here in Australia so it would involve a trip to the emergency vet if it is dangerous
You are correct to wonder if this might be an emergency.
This condition is known as "food bloat".
As long as he seems comfortable, it is ok to continue watching him closely.
I read not to give him any water
and starve him for 48hrs
is this correct
When we see these patients, we usually keep them on IV fluids and potentially an injectable medication called metoclopramide which helps move things through the intestines.
Yes, do not feed him for at least 24-48 hours
It is ok to offer water.
The large amount of dry food has the ability to absorb a significant amount of water.
It can pull water from the GI tract, leaving him quite dehydrated.
If he were in hospital I would prefer to give him IV fluids or subcutaneous fluids, but at home you can offer small amounts at a time.
would it be advisable for him to sleep in our en suite bathroom tonight so we can keep an eye on him
im willing to do a big clean up tomorrow morning :)
Yes, I definitely think the closer you can watch him the better.
I know, better a big clean up than a big bill at the hospital!
would a gentle walk in the morning to get things moving be good or should he just rest?
Yes, a leash walk is fine for him.
Walking does help to encourage peristalsis and move the ingesta along.
what are signs to look out for that we should go to vets straight away?
If he is gagging without being able to vomit, or signs of abodminal pain:
restlessness, inability to lie down and settle comfortably, or if he stretches into the play position - front legs stretched out on the floor with rump up in the air.
ok will look out for that...it has been a long time since it happened as we have been out most of the day so its at most 9 hrs since it has happened
we left at 3pm its now nearly midnight and he is still absolutely fine
Excellent. I am cautiously optimistic that he will be fine.
thank you very much that has put my mind a little bit at ease
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great thank you good night :)
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