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teacup Chihuahua been unsettled all day.brought up her food.

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teacup Chihuahua been unsettled all day.brought up her food. now bringing up white foamy phlegm. still alert and lapped a little water .but still a little unsettled.poppy is 27 mth old female. worried she is not our dog. cannot get hold of the owner .at a wedding.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am sorry to learn Poppy is not feeling well. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Did she get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?
2- Is she lethargic?
3- How much does she weigh?
4- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


not sure if she picked something up in garden.dont think so much lethargic but unsettled and chewing herself and scratching .weighs apro x 1 kilo.gums pink

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Frances, there are many possible causes for the symptoms that you are describing in Poppy. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: A simple gastritis, dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, ingestion of a foreign body or even secondary to a systemic disease. In any case of vomiting the first thing to do is give the stomach time to rest. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium.
2- No food or water for 8-12 hours. Need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest.
3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- If she continues to vomit after doing the above she will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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