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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog has been been sick over the last 2 days and was

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My dog has been been sick over the last 2 days and was obviously feeling ill the day before that. He is passing urine, faeces (often very runny) but not always. His ravenous appetite is just normal. He's just sicked up some grass should I withhold food tonight. He is young and eats anything he can find when out walking and there has been a lot of cattle muck on the road beside our house.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Susie, I usually fast these patients for a minimum of 12 hours following the last vomiting episode. Water should be left down if drinking induces more vomiting at which time ice cubes for Ludo to lick can replace his water. A simple dietary indiscretion such as ingesting "cattle muck" is certainly a reasonable consideration in such a young dog. In most cases such an indiscretion will remiss unaided within 72 hours of its onset. I don't treat these dogs as long as their appetite remains good and they continue drinking and so they're replacing their fluid and electrolyte deficit which arises secondary to vomiting and diarrhea. My "watchful waiting" period for remission doesn't last longer than 72 hours. If syymptoms persist longer than that I encourage caretakers to have their pets attended to by their vet who is likely to X-ray or ultrasound the gastrointestinal tract of these young dogs looking for foreign objects that may or may not pass unaided through the gastrointestinal tract.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Too late I fed the dogs an hour ago. You can stop typing.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Sorry your reply didn't come through on my phone. I have in fact given him a very small amount of food. He thought it as starvation. I'll try the ice though. Thank you