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My cocker spaniel aged 7 has been sick twice. There has been

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My cocker spaniel aged 7 has been sick twice. There has been no sign of coughing
or trying to clear his throat but he keeps stretching his neck all the time and lying
with neck extended as flat as possible in front of him.

He is now whimpering as well. My local vet surgery is now closed for the day, can
you advise how best I can help the dog meantime please.

Valerie Baker
Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help with your concerns about Alfie's vomiting, neck stretching and whimpering.

Dogs with nausea or gastroesophageal acid reflux often swallow repeatedly and stretch their neck trying to soothe their nausea and acid burn.

Possible causes of vomiting and reflux include a change in diet or eating things that they should not like too many fatty table scraps or garbage bones etc., metabolic organ failures (kidney or liver disease), pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease or even infiltrative cancers are other possible causes.
Has he eaten anything he should not have in the last few days (toy pieces, bones, garbage)?
Any changes in food or treats?

Now to try and settle his stomach you can give him acid reducers, either:
1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at one 10mg tablet per 9 to 18 kilograms of body weight every 12 hours.
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at one 10mg tablet per 9 to 18 kilograms of body weight every 24 hours.
These will reduce stomach acid and should help settle his stomach.

I'd also pick up his food and water. A couple hours after the acid reducer is given you can offer small amounts of water or ice cubes to lick. He's likely thirsty but we need to settle his stomach first.
No food for 24 hours. Small amounts of water only.

After his 24 hour food fast then start a bland diet of 50% boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white, skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained, and 50% boiled rice. Give small meals several times a day. Feed the bland diet for several days, then start mixing in his regular diet and slowly convert him back.

If his vomiting or nausea continues then he may need injectable medication to get his stomach upset under control.
So watch him for continued vomiting, blood in his stool or vomit or a fever (more than 39.7C rectally), a tense painful belly or lack of appetite after his food fast. If any of those occur it is time to seek hands on veterinary care.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you. I will try as you suggest. He did have a new kind of treat

(purchased from pet store) earlier so perhaps that is what's caused



Every now and again Alfie does have a tummy upset, this will be

the third, but I will try as you suggest, see how he is in the morning and if things don't look very good, take him to the local vet.


Thanks for your reply.

Val Baker





Ms. Baker, you are very welcome.
Perhaps Alfie is just reacting to his new treat and with the acid reducer being given I hope that he feels much better in the morning. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns,
Dr. Kara.