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Hi there, I have a 7 year old Coton de Tulear who has vomited

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Hi there, I have a 7 year old Coton de Tulear who has vomited 8 times in the last 9 hours. Most of it was earlier today and has lessened as the time has gone on. He seems well in himself. I won't be letting him eat until he's had 12 hours without vomiting. I think it's either because I walked him in a field we don't usually go to 2 days ago and he may have picked up a virus or something or he has had a hide dog chew... How would I know if he's swallowed some and got a blockage? The vomit is yellow and sometimes clear and frothy. The first vomits this morning had small bits of his evening meal last night in it which was rice and chicken. What advice to you have? Many thanks, Mandy.
Hello, my name isXXXXX and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
I am sorry to hear that Dylan is vomiting yellow material.
Yellow in the vomit means that the small intestine is refluxing bile into the stomach so that when he vomits you see the yellow color.
That isn't normal as bile doesn't belong in the stomach, and it does mean that there is some reverse motility, but it isn't specific for any particular disease process.

In many cases vomiting is triggered by eating something they should not, too much table food, too many treats or something they find outdoors.
More serious causes of vomiting include viral or bacterial infections, chronic pancreatitis, esophageal reflux, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease, internal organ failure (kidney or liver disease), a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction or even infiltrative cancers such as lymphoma.

If he seems to feel well other wise you can give acid reducers to try and settle his stomach. You can give either:
1) Pepcid ac (famotidine) at ¼ of a 10mg tablet per 5 to 10 pounds of body weight every 12 hours
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at ¼ of a 10mg tablet per 5 to 10 pounds of body weight every 24 hours
These are both acid reducers and should help him feel better. They are quite safe and can be used long term if necessary.

I would pick up all food for now and water for a couple hours to allow his stomach to settle after the acid reducers.

In a couple hours when you give him water make sure it is in small amounts only. If he drinks too much too quickly that can lead to vomiting. To get some electrolytes in you can also offer him a 50:50 mix of pedialyte and water.

If there is no vomiting for 24 hours offer a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, minced, white skinless chicken or lean hamburger and 2/3 boiled white rice mixed with some low salt chicken or beef broth to make it easy to lap up and swallow. If he refuses that you can offer a little meat baby food. If he refuses both then don't push it.

But if things go well and he does eat and doesn't vomit feed him the bland diet for 2 to 3 days then slowly start to mix back in his regular food, a little more at each meal. It should take about 5 to 7 days to slowly convert him back to his regular diet.

If he continues to vomit even with the acid reducers, runs a fever (more than 103F rectally), has a tense painful belly or if he refuses to eat he should see a veterinarian for an examination, diagnostics, injectable anti-nausea drugs intravenous fluids and supportive care. Those symptoms can indicate more serious illnesses.

Please let me know if you have other details or a particular question based upon my response.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thank you that's great, Mandy.
You are very welcome Mandy. I hope he feels better soon, Dr. Kara.