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my dog is a 7year old boxer X She has been vomiting for a

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my dog is a 7year old boxer X She has been vomiting for a few days she is not eating but drinks lots of water Consequently she is vomiting mostly water any idea if the problem could be simply the temperature or something more serious. She is very lethargic
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your girl Skye isn't feeling well, and is vomiting even water. I am even more concerned because this has been going on for a few days and she is lethargic as well.
I do not believe her symptoms are simply because its is warm outside. Dogs often don't eat well when it is hot, but they shouldn't vomit from the heat.
Gastrointestinal parasites can lead to diarrhea in an adult dog but very rarely cause vomiting.

She is likely dehydrated because he has been vomiting, but if even water is making her vomit you need to take it away from her until she stops vomiting.

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 toxin ingestions, viral or bacterial infections (especially a uterine infection if she isn't spayed and has had a recent heat cycle), esophageal reflux, a dietary allergy or sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease, internal organ failure (kidney or liver disease), or a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction. An abdominal mass is also a possible cause.

Because she is vomiting even water ideally she would see a veterinarian now.
If that isn't possible for whatever reason there are some things we can try at home, but if she's not improving quickly she should see a veterinarian for an examination, some diagnostic testing, intravenous fluids and injectable medication to settle her stomach.

To try and settle her stomach at home you can give either:
1) Pepcid ac (famotidine) at one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 24 hours
These are acid reducers and may help settle her stomach and get her feeling better and hopefully get her appetite back.

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

In a couple hours after the acid reducer is given when you give her water make sure it is in small amounts only. If she drinks too much too quickly that can lead to vomiting. You can also offer ice cubes to lick. To get some electrolytes in you can offer him 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 boiled, 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 she refuses that you can offer a little meat baby food. If she refuses both then don't push it, she needs veterinary care.

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

If she continues to vomit even with the acid reducers, runs a fever (more than 103F rectally), or has a lower then normal temperature (less then 99F), has a tense painful belly or if she refuses to eat she 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.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you I lost you for a while but I think you are right. I hope she will be ok in the morning after the omerprozol which I have just given her , otherwise she will be going to the vet
Thanks Alan XXXXXX

You are very welcome. I'm sorry that we lost our connection, but I am glad to hear that you were able to get back.
Please let me know how things go for your girl, thanks, ***** *****
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