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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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I have a 10 month old Yorkshire terrier, she has been vomiting

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Hi, I have a 10 month old Yorkshire terrier, she has been vomiting all night and not herself, should I take her to the vet, she now just has water and it is clear foam coming out, her poo is soft like it is turning to diaharrea, is it a bug that will pass or does she need to see a vet she is only a couple of kg in weight
Hello Donna, This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now. My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next fifteen minutes or so. We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype. Please get back to me if this is more convenient for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls } Regards, *****
Hello again Donna and thanks for waiting. Hopefully Bella has something minor, however I have worked out an answer for you below ... 1. Firstly I have to say that in my experience with a smaller dog like yours this sort of thing is always a gamble so if symptoms continue and you want to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing you should have a vet check her over at the next opportunity. 2. That said that there are a number of home remedies for vomiting and diarrhoea in the dog which some owners use while waiting for their vet's appointment, these can often work well for uncomplicated cases where for example a dog has eaten something she should not have out in the yard, or had some some unaccustomed rich foodstuff, or has somehow acquired a minor tummy bug. Here are some examples.1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK2. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...A. Starve her for 24 hours but make sure she has access to water and is taking small amounts on the hour, it is important to make sure she does not become dehydrated.B. The next day feed her four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.C. If she picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce her normal diet over the next few days.3. Live yogurt added to the food or given orally can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A teaspoon twice a day would be fine for your size of dog.Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if she deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check Bella over just to be on the safe side.I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you. Regards, ***** ***** be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue, such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.
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Hello again Donna, Just a short note to thank you very much for the good rating. I should be available online for you for the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate get straight back to me if Bella's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further. Kindest regards, *****