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Shih Tzu keeps vomitting??

digler
April 16th, 2011, 07:09 PM
Our 9 yr old Shihtzu (female) has been Vomitting clear foamy liquid frequently since last thursday. We have taken her to the vet, and they did a full blood panel as well as put "balls" down here so that they could x-ray the passing of the "balls" to rule out obstruction in her intestinal tract. The balls passed normally, the vet said her kidney blood work had improved since last test (early stage of kidney failure was identified months ago). The vet said she does not have some sort of stretching of the esophigus he thought. The vet gave us cisapride to treat gastrol reflux which has now given her diharia and cause her to vomit WAY more often so far. She is now showing no interest in food as well. She is losing weight as well. What should we do from here? We think it might be the K/D food (precription diet) the vet has put her on, and are not going to give her the remaining dose of cisapride as the vomitting and diharia have increase since giving her 0.5mg/ml twice a day.

hazelrunpack
April 16th, 2011, 07:39 PM
If she's vomiting and has diarrhea at the same time she's probably getting dehydrated which can be life-threatening, especially in small dogs. Have you told your regular vet about the diarrhea and loss of appetite? Can you call your vet and ask for advice?

If she's lethargic, her gums are very pale, or her skin tents (if you pinch her skin lightly and pull gently and it stays in a peak rather than smoothing back out within a second) then you need to see an emergency vet ASAP.

She needs to be drinking water. If she's not, sometimes mixing in some low sodium broth will make water more tempting. If you have none, you can make some by boiling a piece of chicken in water till the meat falls off the bone. Strain the broth and keep the broth for her water and the meat to tempt her to eat.

If you're not confident of the diagnosis you got, you might want to try a new vet--sometimes fresh eyes see something that was missed initially--but regardless of who you see, your dog should be seen again by a vet as soon as possible.

Tundra_Queen
April 17th, 2011, 06:13 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your shih tuz. When our dogs tummies are empty they will throw up a bile. Have u tried splitting her meals up to feed her smaller meals more often during the day?

I would call your vet to find out what they say, like hazel said.