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My one year old border collie/huntaway has vomited up a huge

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My one year old border collie/huntaway has vomited up a huge amount. A small amount was foamy. Otherwise it was all his recently swallowed food, undigested. Please can you help?
Hello, my name isXXXXX and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
I am sorry to hear that Mick isn't feeling well. Froth in the vomit is simply a mix of stomach mucous and air as the dog retches. That would not be uncommon to see if he is now vomiting and his stomach is empty.

In most 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.

In a young dog, especially if they haven't finished their vaccine series, a viral infection such as parvo virus, eating something he should not have or a foreign body leading to a partial or full gastrointestinal obstruction would be the most likely causes.

If this persists even with the recommendations I give you and he vomits even water ideally he would see a veterinarian.

To try and settle his stomach you can give either:
1) Pepcid ac (famotidine) at one quarter of a 10mg tablet per 5 to 10 pounds of body weight every 12 hours
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at one quarter of a 10mg tablet per 5 to 10 pounds of body weight every 24 hours
These are acid reducers and may help him feel better and hopefully stop the vomiting.

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 her a 50:50 mix of pedialyte and water.

If there is no vomiting for 12 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, he needs veterinary care.

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.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

All chemists are closed and I'm in mid-Wales. Therefore I cannot get any tablets. Is there anything in the house that could help settle his stomach? He is alert but perhaps a little sore. Many thanks for the notes you've given me - very useful. Could boiled minced lamb do instead of chicken - again all shops are closed - Sunday 10.30 pm. Could watered down Bovril or Marmite help?

I'm sorry to hear that you don't have anything open now to get medication for him.
There really isn't much you can do for him then expect pick up all food and water for now. If he stops retching offer ice cubes to lick, and if he does well with that then offer water in very small amounts.

Lamb tends to be a fattier meat then white chicken or lean burger. Since you won't need to reintroduce food until tomorrow you can wait to pick up chicken tomorrow, or if he is used to lamb just make sure to drain and rinse it thoroughly after boiling to remove as much fat as possible.

I would not recommend either Bovril or Marmite, they are both too seasoned, we are trying to keep things as plain as possible.