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My has been dry retching and eating grass like a cow....now

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My ***** ***** has been dry retching and eating grass like a cow....now she is licking and gulping constantly
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  nekovet replied 16 days ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long has she has these signs?

Can she keep water down?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could she have eaten something harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
15 hrs though she is not retching anymore but still licking her lips and gulping constantly when awake. She is drinking small amounts, has been able to eat some food, belly feels ok, she is very lethargic , but not bloated. Gums look normal.
Expert:  nekovet replied 16 days ago.

Thank you,

Now I am glad to see she hasn't those more severe signs I asked about, but all of Roxy's signs are characteristic of nausea in the dog. Possible causes would include low grade bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or a dietary indiscretion.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to see if we can settle her stomach. To start, you can try an OTC pet safe antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do check with your vet before use if she has any known health issues or is on any medications you didn’t mention.

After that has had time to absorb, we can start small meals of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise that the diet be continued until her signs are settled, and that they are then slowly weaned back to their normal diet.

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the signs we are seeing with Roxy. Still as this nausea sounds fairly mild, we can start supportive care to settle her stomach. Though if this lingers, we'd want a check once her vet is open +/- have them treat with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to get her back feeling like herself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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