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I have a 6 month old Afghan hound puppy she’s vomited a

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Hi I have a 6 month old Afghan hound puppy she’s vomited a couple of times last night and has grey semi solid/liquid poo- I have a picture
JA: Hi there. I'm so sorry the puppy isn't feeling well, but those details will be very helpful for the Expert. Could she have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: the vomit was brown undigested food
JA: What's the puppy's name?
Customer: Ninotchka she won’t eat anything now and hasn’t since yesterday around 5:30pm
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: She played this morning in the park and seemed well but has been lethargic and sleeping at home since then
Submitted: 21 days ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
File attached (32TSS1G)
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
The picture attached is of her last bowel movement at around 10:30am today
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.
Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear your pup is unwell.
Are her gums pink and wet?
Any chance she has eaten something she shouldn't e.g. a bone, toy, sock or toxin?Please ignore any phone call requests as the website sends these automatically.
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
I’ll go check now
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
they are pink and wet
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
There was nothing solid or surprising in her vomit
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.
Thank you.
And do you think its possible she could have eaten something she shouldn't? Or perhaps she had a new treat or a change in her diet?
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
She had been playing w pampas grass during her walk last night
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
I feed her a raw diet but she’s picky so I tried mixing in Butternut recently
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
But she doesn’t seem to like the butternut- I’ve added it to a couple of meals for three days.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

It is generally accepted that pampas grass is not toxic.

Raw diets can potentially lead to food poisoning such as Salmonellosis; is she fed a pre-prepared diet and, if so, which brand?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Bulmers completes
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
https://www.primalraw.co.uk/product-category/bulmers/
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
She’s had this since she was first weaned
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Ok, thank you. And this is the same food she normally eats?

When was she last de-wormed?

Is she spayed yet or has she had her first season?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
It’s what the breeder feeds all her Afghan hounds
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
She is not spayed, has not had a season yet. She had her last working treatment on October 22.
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Deworming*
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Ok great, thank you.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

I'm just typing a more full reply which can take 5 minutes or so.

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
https://butternutbox.com
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
This is the new food I’ve tried mixing in w her raw food
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Thank you for all of your replies, this has been very helpful!

Vomiting and diarrhoea in a young dog can have many causes including:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • An abrupt diet change
  • Parasites
  • An intestinal obstruction
  • Toxicity
  • Etc

Grey stool can indicate a liver /gall bladder issue but this would be rare in a dog that has been otherwise healthy.

As her gums are wet, it is unlikely she is dehydrated.

It is good she has not vomited today but not ideal she is not eating. She may well feel nauseous or have stomach cramps.

I would try and get some food into her before bed & hope she keeps it down. While she is generally raw fed, it may be worth offering some very bland and digestible cooked chicken and rice (a half portion) to her now.

I would then allow her to rest over night and hope she holds it down and begins to feel better.

However, if no better tomorrow morning I would want her checked over. The vet may wish to run some tests such as a blood test, faecal test or abdominal scan. She may well benefit from some medicine such as an anti nausea injection or antibiotics.

As there is a risk of food poisoning, be cautious when handling her poo and wash hands after any contact just in case.

Hopefully she is feeling better very shortly.

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Ok
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
I’ll try that
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Great. Please do feel free to keep me updated and to ask any further questions you may have. Wishing Ninotchka a speedy recovery.