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My Dog (2 year old Labrador) Vomited repeatedly this

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My Dog (2 year old Labrador) Vomited repeatedly this morning producing white foam and the chicken meal she had eaten a little earlier. She has been less active today and now seems very subdued. are these symptoms of bloat?
Thanks Gary
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that Bonnie isn't feeling herself today with symptoms of vomiting white foam and chicken meal, and a more subdued personality.
Symptoms of bloat (gastric distension) and torsion (twisted stomach) include attempting to vomit but unable to do so, a belly that quickly becomes much more distended than usual and feels very tight, staggering and refusal to lay down and settle, or pawing at her mouth or collapse. If you see these symptoms then I recommend she see a veterinarian immediately as these can be signs of bloat, a rare occurrence but life threatening if allowed to progress.
Vomiting foam is simply a mix of stomach or esophageal mucous and air mixed when retching and isn't a sign of anything specific. It can be due to a change in diet or eating something that she should not have (ike chicken meal), inflammatory bowel disease, a viral or bacterial infection, toxin exposure, or even a food allergy. But it can also be related to metabolic organ disease (such kidney or liver disease) due to organ wastes irritating the gut. Rarely a mass in the gastrointestinal tract can be the cause.
If this seemed to come on suddenly after eating chicken feed then her stomach upset is likely due to eating that. We can try some things at home to see if we can't get her feeling better.
To try and settle her stomach today you can give either:
1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.
These will reduce stomach acid and should help if this is related to simple nausea and gastrointestinal irritation. They are quite safe and can be used for several days if necessary.
I would not feed her any food for 24 hours after the acid reducers are started. This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility.
Small amounts of water or ice cubes given frequently are fine as fluids are needed after vomiting. You can give pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make intestinal irritation worse.
After the food fast if she seems to feel better and there is no vomiting start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off the meat, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. Feed several small meals a day. Add probiotics to her food daily ( Fortiflora or Benebac are very good) to replace good bacteria.
Once she feels better (eating well and no vomiting for 48 hours) start mixing in regular dog food very slowly, less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert her back.
If she continues vomiting and feeling poorly though it would be best that she sees a veterinarian now as anything you give her orally will just come back up worsening dehydration.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.