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Constipated and vomiting, 13 yr old dog, he's very tired please

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Constipated and vomiting, 13 yr old dog, he's very tired please help
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.
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Please tell me how long has your dog been like this?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
He has been vomiting all night, and constipated completely since yesterday, although has managed to poo over the last week he has struggled
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.
Hello again Michelle and thanks for waiting.

Sorry to hear your dog is unwell ...

I have worked out an answer for you, please read it through and see what you think.

This sort of thing is always a gamble so if you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check him over without delay. Because of his age group and the fact he is quite lethargic then quite frankly this would be your best option. The constipation is quite a concern as well ...

That said that there are a number of home remedies for vomiting in the dog, which some owners use while waiting for their vet's appointment, these can sometimes work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something he should not have out in the yard, or some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has a minor tummy bug. Here are some examples.

1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK

2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...

A. Starve him for 24 hours but make sure he has access to water.

B. The next day feed him four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.

C. If he picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce his normal diet over the next few days.

3. Live yogurt added to the food can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A tablespoon or so twice a day is fine for the average sized dog.

Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if he deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check him over just to be on the safe side.

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,

Scott

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