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My Dog a Golden Retriever keeps getting sick and throwing up.

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My Dog a Golden Retriever keeps getting sick and throwing up. Then he eats what he throws up.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  nekovet replied 8 months ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.How long has he had these signs?Can he keep water down?Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?Has he had any diarrhea?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Hi, No diarrhea his poo is normal. He has been showing these signs for a month now. I talked to his previous owner and he told me Rufus had reflux when he was a pup. The owner said Rufus grew out of this habbit . I bought Rufus last August. Yes he does keep water down. I don't think Rufus ate anything he shouldn't of although I have seen him eating grass. Rufus might fall asleep in the sitting room when I watching tv in the evening, after about an hour of sleep he'd have to sit up and then he start reching . When I press on Rufus's belly there isn't any discomfort. I'm not sure about his gums ??
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Rufus is 4 yrs old now.
Expert:  nekovet replied 8 months ago.
Thank you,I am sorry to hear that Rufus has such a chronic issue. If he had reflux, then I could still be an ongoing problem (maybe even exacerbated by any changes in food or feeding schedule he may have with you). Though we'd also have to be wary of this be related to an underlying chronic bacterial gastritis (ie helicobacter), underlying metabolic or organs issues, IBD, low grade pancreatitis, or dietary sensitivity. With this in mind, we can start some supportive care to see if we can manage this for him. Though if he is due a booster soon, we may want to move that appointment up so he can be checked for this. His vet can test a blood sample to rule out metabolic, organ and pancreatitis issues. And if there was concern about the others, ultrasound or scoping of the gut may be the next step to pinpointing the root case so we can address this fully for him. Otherwise, in regards ***** ***** supportive care, we can trial him with an OTC antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be: Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), Calcium carbonate (60-120mg every 8 hours; this can be purchased at some larger pet stores as well as the chemist), or Milk of Magnesia (0.5tsp every 8 hours).Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Further to this, we can trial him on a light/easily digestible diet. This can be offered as small frequent meals and examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). Though as we may find him best on a light diet and want to use it for the longer term, OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) would be ideal. Overall, Rufus's chronic low grade signs do raise some concerns. Therefore, in his case, we’d can trial supportive care at this stage, but if this lingers we'd want to have a check up +/- those additional tests to help us narrow down he root cause for these signs to ensure we nip any underlying issues in the bud for him. Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. * Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service, as this is the only way I receive credit for helping you today. Thank you! : )

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