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June 24th, 2009, 08:40 AM
I have a 5 y/o Chihuahua Eskimo mix, he's a neutered male. He recently has been vomiting and can't eat or keep water down. I did call the vet but they can't see him until Friday, I wanted to know if their is anything I can do for him until I can get him to the vet. :sick::dog:

June 24th, 2009, 08:52 AM
Is he having bowel movements/urinating? What is his energy level like/is he interested in his usual activities? How long has the vomitting been going on? How many times a day is he throwing up? What does the vomit look like? When was the last time he ate a meal?

June 24th, 2009, 08:59 AM
He has thrown up since yesterday afternoon, it's a white/yellowish foam. He isn't really running around or wanting to go out to walk. He did urinate and have a bowl movement today when I took him out. He also did yesterday when I took him out before work. But didn't really do anything in the PM. He is usually very playful and hasn't been for over 12 hrs and I only noticed that he had been throwing up when I came home from work yesterday and he just laid down and didn't come jump on me when I came in.

June 24th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Ok, well, for me, 24 hours of upset tummy doesn't freak me out too much. Most dogs can easily go that long with no food. I'm not sure where you're located but the heat we're having here can be hard on some dogs and turn their stomachs a bit sour. It's also possible that he ate something that didn't agree with him.

What kind of food does your dog eat? We feed our dogs raw (which is very palatable, digestible and hydrates), but if yours is used to a commercial diet, I'd probably offering very small meals of something like cooked (boiled, skinless, boneless) chicken or xtra lean ground beef, or plain cottage cheese, maybe with a little cooked rice. You could also try chicken baby food or simply canned food if your dog usually eats dry...wetter would be better if he's not drinking much on his own.

I'd probably take a "wait and see" approach at this stage, but I'd encourage liquid consumption as much as possible. My only concern would be that this is a small/toy dog, and they're more succeptible to blood sugar fluxes when they don't eat regulary (we've got big gals so it's not as big a concern) may want to ask your vet about that.

Was it a normal poop or diarrhea?

June 24th, 2009, 09:14 AM
He's actually a pretty big 28 lbs for his mix with Eskimo, but he had solid bowls and I have him on Eukunuba w/Lamb, he is all white and I was told when I adopted him that he had food allergies and did best on this food. He still seems very calm which is not him. lol. He's a very energetic dog and I will try some of your suggestions. Thank you SO much for your help.

June 24th, 2009, 09:25 AM
If allergies are an issue you probably don't want to change the protein source...maybe pour some water in with the dry food (if they don't make it in canned) and let it get mushy before feeding to get some water in.

The lethargy isn't great, but...hard to say if worrisome. There's "calm", as in, he's just feeling lousy or lower energy due to not eating, and then there's really flat, as in, couldn't be bothered to move even if the room was on fire (I've only seen that once in one of my dogs and she had a wicked raging fever). Do have have any way to check his temperature?

June 24th, 2009, 11:03 AM
When our dogs are sick, our vets recommend fasting for 24 hrs, then feed small meals of rice, then slowly work up to their normal food. After they've kept some rice down, we usually add some protein to their next meal.

Dehydration is your biggest concern. Make sure he's drinking enough and peeing normally. You can also give them Pedialyte but I would check with your vet first.

Good luck, :fingerscr he's feeling better soon.

June 26th, 2009, 03:37 PM
pawtrainers, an update? How's your pup?

Is he still vomiting? Lethargic? Eating? Drinking?

You said in your earlier post, that he was vomiting white or yellowish foam? No food?

Please let us know...

June 28th, 2009, 11:30 PM
Nursing a sick dog is one of the vital measures that a dog owner needs to understand. Similarly, when a dog becomes sick, the dog is in need of more care and affection based activities by the dog owners. Nursing a sick animal is often considered as an art and this should not be taken as a causal measure.

Yes. You need to take extra care to the dog when it becomes sick. For example, the sick dog with high fever needs to be given only some bread pieces and bulky non-vegetarian items may be avoided. Such dogs should be kept in some calm place after medications are taken and should not be disturbed. During the nursing of the dog who has taken the drug, the animal needs coaxing and stroking by the owner. Donít raise the dogís head too much to avoid the passing of drugs given by the mouth directly into the respiratory organs like lungs. During the nursing measures, take care by giving warm fluids.

Safety is to be given more priority during the nursing activity in any dog. When the dog has severe diarrhea, the animal may start showing signs of dehydration. Hence, the nursing care for dehydration includes an addition of small doses of salt and glucose to water in a careful manner.
Similarly, the vomiting dog also needs proper nursing care. Ice cubes may be given in such cases along with egg whites to smooth the esophageal passage.

Nowadays, a non-contact based infrared thermometer has come up in the market to obtain the temperature of the animal without much stress. Place the dog in a shaded place if the temperature is so high and provide good ventilation to the suffering animal. If the animal is suffering from hypothermia, provide warm blankets to given comfort to the animal.

Things will get better :)