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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 malamute has been vomiting last night and today and isn't

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my malamute has been vomiting last night and today and isn't his usual self he can't settle in his bed he keeps getting up and walking about. I gave him bob martin wormer tablets and used a bob martin spot on flea treatment yesterday and have just seen some things on the internet saying these treatments can kill my dog. can you please give me some advice
The Bob Martin wormer contains fenbendazole which has a wide margin of safety and is an excellent broad spectrum anthelminthic which addresses all of the nematodes - roundworms, hookworms, whipworm s- as well as the protozoan Giardia. The spot-on flea treatment contains imidacloprid which also has a wide margin of safety. You didn't harm Ozzie with these products. However...vomiting in a 4 year old isn't likely due to gastrointestinal parasitism. It's much more likely to be seen in pups with heavy infestations of worms. Instead, Ozzie's vomiting can result from simple dietary indiscretion - eating something new, inappropriate, spoiled, or perhaps a non-food item - and it can result from both primary gastrointestinal disorders and systemic disorders that affect his GI tract - and there are more of these disorders than I can list in this venue. Simple vomiting is addressed by NOT doing; in other words, fasting my patient for up to 24 hours in order to rest his GI tract is prudent. Water is left down but if drinking induces more vomiting, ice cubes should replace Ozzie's water. If vomiting has stopped for at least 6 hours, you can then offer a bland diet of white meat chicken (sans skin) and white rice. If it's well-tolerated you can continue such a meal for 2-3 meals and then return to Ozzie's regular diet. If vomiting ensues soon after he ingests the chicken and rice or he remains inappetent, it's best to have his vet take a look at him. He'll need to be thoroughly examined and his vet may recommend X-rays or ultrasound of his abdomen and blood and urine tests predicated upon his physical exam. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you I have got another dog, a boxer who was treated with the same and he is fine. Shall I just keep an eye on ozzie tonight and take him to our vets tomorrow if he is still the same?
Yes, as long as Ozzie remains stable, "watchful waiting" for a few more hours is appropriate. Please do a few things for me...1) Check Ozzie's gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia), or bluish/greyish (hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).2) Assess Ozzie's respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" (4 cm) into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 38-39.2C. This is a two person job! Let me know what you find, please.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Tongue is pink, gums are pink and brown . 29 breaths/minuteCan't take his temperature as I have no thermometer - sorry
I understand. He's stable. Although unlikely, watch for bloating and nonproductive attempts to vomit...that indicates an emergency room. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.
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