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My Dog head starting bobbing tonight and now she been sick

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Hello my Dog head starting bobbing tonight and now she been sick sick looked like her food her balance is fine when she walking etc
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation?
Customer: she been fine all day then tonight her head was bobbing and now she been sick she is a 2 year old staffy cross no know health problems
JA: When did the dog last see a vet? Is she taking any medications?
Customer: Before covid and no medications
JA: What's the dog's name?
Customer: molly
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Molly?
Customer: no nothing I don’t think she hasn’t been neutered she isn’t due in season
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Molly.

How long was her head bobbing for?

Did it stop once she vomited?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Not every long maybe a minute if that and has been doing it randomly, after she been sick it stopped but has started again
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

And she has vomited just one time?

Have you recently changed her diet or is it possible she has eaten something she should not have?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I did buy different biscuits but she has had them before, and last night she got in the bin and ate a spare rib
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
She vomited 3 time small amounts
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Ah, ok. Understood.

Has she had any abdominal bloating?

Did she pass normal poo today?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No bloating and poo been normal she only been once I think
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Ok, that's reassuring.

Are her gums pink and wet?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Pink might be a little dry
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

They should be moist, like ours.

Dry and sticky gums would be a sign of dehydration.

Has she been drinking as normal today?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Think her gums are ok She has but she wouldn’t drink after she been sick
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Ok, got it.

Before typing my reply is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
She asleep now and the head Bobbinf has stopped at the moment
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Thanks, ***** *****

Please bear with me as I type my reply.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
She might be a bit dehydrated
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

I'm sorry Molly has been vomiting and know you will be worried for her.

Bobbing that happens just before vomiting can be due to nausea. We'd also consider excess stomach acid and/or stomach pain.

Given the fact she snaffled a rib, I'd suspect this is the cause.

It may be that she is having some trouble digesting it.

There is also a risk of a gut obstruction or perforation.

For now, as long as she remains stable, we should be able to monitor from home.

Offer frequent sips of water and, if you have any, some rehydration solution such as Oralde or Lectade.

If she settles to sleep, I'd monitor for any other signs.

If her signs persist or worsen, a vet visit is important.

If concerned for an obstruction, they can take an x-ray to check if the bone is lodged. If there is a blockage, she could need a surgery to remove it. If not, she may still benefit from e.g. fluids, anti nausea medicine and antacids.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Ok thank you for all your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

No problem.

Do you have any further questions?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No thank you
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Sure thing and wishing Molly a speedy recovery.

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