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My dog started vomiting yesterday but did eat again in the

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My dog started vomiting yesterday but did eat again in the evening. She ate her breakfast this morning but now her face has swollen up and she us vomiting again - a very orangey coloured liquid. She has poohed okay.,what should I do?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Pippa.
Swelling face. Automatic, must get in to a vet, any vet, for supportive care. This is strongly suggestive of a hypersensitivity reaction. Any time swelling manifests, it is very important for a vet visit, which will likely include administration of a steroid shot to reduce swelling, and possibly a antihistamine shot, like benadryl.

You could give oral diphenhydramine (benadryl), but with recent vomiting, that may not be such a good idea.
Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes. So, an approximately 25 pound dog can get a full 25mg tablet or a half of a 50mg tablet. I usually avoid the liquid Benadryl in larger dogs (you would have to give too much of it). You can give Benadryl every 8-12 hours.

For vomiting, I am not sure what you may have access to get, but here are some options:
To help settle the stomach you can use of the following, but not as a replacement for veterinary examination include
1.Pepcid A.C. (famotidine) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
2.Prilosec (omeprazole). It comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
You can give in every 24 hours. You give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg
3.Zantac (Ranitidne). It comes in 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg sizes.
You can give it every 8 to 12 hours. You give 0.25 to 1mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get roughly 1/3 tablet of the 75mg. Even with bigger pets, it is easiest to get the smallest size tablet. Even a 75 pound dog would only need one 75mg tablet.
4.Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day.So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day or 10ml every 8 hours. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.

Very sorry that Pippa is not feeling well, but I definitely feel a vet visit is the quickest solution, especially to get swelling addressed.
I hope that information has been helpful.
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