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My staffie has had diarrhoea and vomiting. Saturday over night

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My staffie has had diarrhoea and vomiting. Saturday over night so gave him a small amount of chicken sunday for his tea and fresh water to drink. I have just come home from work and he has been very poorly again. The only things I can think of that he has eaten other than his usual food prior to this, is a cube of cheese about a cm in diameter that dropped to the floor and a couple of hula hoops (potato snacks) that my nephew dropped. Should I keep him nil by mouth or get him seen by a vet? He is quiet, but appears fine otherwise.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How much does he weigh?
2- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He usually weighs about 20kilos.

His gums may be a bit lighter in colour than usual but i wouldn't say they were pale

Sue, vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by many different conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: Dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, etc. to name a few causes. In any case of vomiting the first thing to do is give the stomach time to rest. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Zantac (ranitidine) 75mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Zantac over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist).
2- No food or water for 8-12 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.
3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- If he continues to vomit after doing the above he will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I'm on the case with the ranitidine. Thank you for your quick response. I will give him some water in the morning at 7. If he vomits again, I shall take him to his usual vet. Thank you again. Sue

You're welcome Sue.

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