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16 July 2009 @ 10:36 pm
I need some advice for a friend. they are in a bad place right now and this morning when she woke up her dog vomited clear/gray. she's acting lethargic and wouldn't eat dinner tonight, and she's not sure if the dog drank water today. She really can not afford to take the dog to the vet right now. they've been trying to rehome her properly for a year but no one is interested in an older dog and she's fearful that shelter would try to just put the dog down.

I told her that when Lucy was really sick a few years ago that the vet told us to avoid all food for 24 hours until the vomiting stopped, and then offer boiled chicken and rice, and add turkey gravy to make it more appetizing if she still wouldn't eat. however, Lucy was drinking water. and this dog doesn't seem to be.

She's not a small dog, so I dont' think she'd waste away to nothing. I suggested honey in the water too to help with the electrolyte balance.

What else can we do? any suggestions?
Nancieeicnan on July 17th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Try ice cubes. I would imagine the dog won't have much of an interest in them either but it's a quick simple thing to try. If the vomit keeps coming up on a more frequent and clear basis it could be a pancreatic attack and that would mean cut all food and water. But with no diareha I would imagine it's not that and safe to give water. I think it's water ok for vomiting not ok for diahera? Another thing that might be worth a shot is a garden hose to see if it stimulates the dog in to wanting to drink.
♥ Désirée Fawngivmewings on July 17th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
When Winston isn't feel so hot like this I give him pepto bismol when he pukes or has diarrhea, and this herbal stuff called harmony to keep him hydrated.
Tiffanyiftherainstops on July 17th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Sometimes my guy has stomach issues. He's been checked out, he just has a sensitive stomach and will vomit if he gets into something he shouldn't. Our vet told us pepto was fine to give our dogs. We'll usually wait 8 hrs before feeding him, and slowly re-introduce food. rice cooked with chicken broth, very bland stuff.

So the pepto might be a short term help? Are there no low cost vets in the area? You could try calling a local shelter which may have a list of vets that have a sliding scale, lower fees, etc
Sara Raesarakenobi on July 17th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
OOOH i wonder if it has peppermint in it...
SMGriffin: archangelsmgriffin on July 17th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Contact your local SPCA. Often times, they may have options for financially cricital families and organizations that can assist with lowering vet costs.
bostonsnboxers on July 25th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
If this is not normal behavior and the dog is lethargic, I'd call a vet IMMEDIATELY! It could be poisoning or something serious in which time is of the essence.

Most vets would be willing to work out a payment plan where there is a need...I say start making phone calls :(

i'm terrified.ce_soir on July 28th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
when buddy wasn't eating or drinking my vet said to give him chicken broth or chicken soup and if i dumped it on his food he would eat it. Also gave him gatorade and pedialyte to keep him somewhat hydrated. he ended up having an infection and needed antibiotics so i hope that isn't the case for your friend.
Sara Raesarakenobi on July 28th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
thank goodnss she seems fine now!