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My 11 month old beagle has been vomiting foamy watery stuff

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My 11 month old beagle has been vomiting white foamy watery stuff all night, he is restless & keeps stretching but can't seem to lie on his belly like he usually does, unless he's on a fluffy bed. I'm worried he's eaten something & it's stuck.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 4 months ago.

Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your boy Toro. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next 4 - 5 minutes.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Expert:  Pet Doc replied 4 months ago.

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with your boy this evening and we need to consider anything from an infectious gastroenteritis, to a toxicity (hopefully there isn't anything that he could have gotten into), to intestinal worms or yes, even a foreign body obstruction. If Toro does chew on different objects around your home, or eats toys, then we do have to consider whether he could have something blocking his GI tract either partially or completely. You will definitely need to continue to keep a close eye on him, and if this vomiting continues, then you will need to get him seen by your local vet today (if you have one open on a Sunday, or by your local ER vet). Likewise, if he seems particularly lethargic now, you are best to try and find a local vet to check him over straight away.

For now, make sure he has plenty of fresh water available and encourage him to drink. The biggest concern right now is that he could become dehydrated. If he won't drink or can't keep water down, then you are best to get him seen by your local vet now where they can start him on some intravenous (IV) fluids. You can with hold his food until later on this afternoon, and from then you can start him on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice.If he isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making him up a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed him this luke-warm broth.

For now, please keep a close eye on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:

Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the vet.

Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the day, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the vet.

Best of luck with Toro and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if he can't keep water down, seems very lethargic, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get him seen now if you can find a local vet that is open. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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