First ask yourself if your animal has been exposed or eaten anything harmful.
Examples would be: Mouse/Rat poison, poisonous plants, chemicals such as pesticides, cleaners etc.
If the answer is yes, IMMEDIATELY contact the Pet Poison Hotline at
1-800-213-6680. http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/ Then contact a veterinarian.
If the answer is no, then check if there has been anything new fed to your pet.
Treats, a change of food, or if your pet has been given any people food. If so be sure to stop access to these items.
Could they have eaten something they shouldn’t have?
Examples would be pieces of toys (stuffing, squeaker, the toy itself), garbage, compost, string, rope bird seed, suet (maybe it drops on the ground?) or fryer grease?
If there is a possibility that they have eaten any mouse or rat poison call a veterinarian (218-864-5695 for our office), your local Veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-800-213-6680
If your pet hasn’t eaten anything harmful such as poison or an object they shouldn’t, doesn’t have blood in vomit and isn’t painful, restless or bloated you can try the following GI Diet once you have reintroduced water successfully – see below.
· Please note that this is not a substitute for Veterinary care. Hospitalization may be necessary in severe cases or ones in which the pet has any symptoms mentioned above.
Withhold all food and water until vomiting stops – this may be several hours, but do not withhold water longer than 12 hours to prevent dehydration. Once there has been at least 6-8 hours since last vomiting episode water may be offered.
· Rules for reintroducing water
· Keep it room Temp – cold water will upset the stomach
· Keep amounts small – Example: For a Lab-sized dog ¼ - ½ Cup at a time every 1 hour. For a Dachshund-sized dog 1-2 Tbsp. at a time every 1 hour. As long your pet does not have any more vomiting you may keep offering water in slowly increasing amounts.
Once your pet is able to drink all the water they would like without any vomiting then it is time to try and introduce food.
Per our own Dr. Lukken “Think of it this way. If you have had the stomach flu and start to feel better, you wouldn’t go right out and have a bowl of chili and a coke. You take it easy by starting with some crackers and chicken soup. It’s the same thing with your pet. “
The GI diet consists of Cooked White Rice or and a small amount of Fat Free Cottage Cheese. If you have a large dog such as a Lab feeding instructions would be ½ Cup Cooked White Rice with 1 Tbsp. Fat Free Cottage Cheese. For a smaller dog such as a Dachshund start with 1-2 Tbsp. Rice and 1 tsp Fat Free Cottage Cheese. You could also use potato instead of rice. ** Potato can be red or white – not sweet. Steamed or baked only. Serve WITHOUT skin.
Must the Cottage Cheese be Fat Free?
YES! If not the fat will start things up again causing your poor critter to once again feel awful.
· Remember to keep meals small and feed 3-4 times a day. Slowly increase amounts given at each feeding as long as your pet is doing well.
· You can also add small amounts of boiled hamburger or chicken breast with no skin or bone.
· Dump out any water remaining from boiling these items. This contains fat and is not good for your pet!
I have some fried hamburger already cooked, is that okay?
NO! Just like the fat in the cottage cheese this will likely start things all over again or make them worse.
My pet is feeling better how do I switch him/her back to regular food?
The key here is SLOWLY. Keep them on the GI diet and slowly add in their regular food. Feed 75% GI diet and 25% Regular diet. Each day decrease GI diet and increase Regular diet until completely switch back to the pet’s regular food. This should take about 5-7 days.
** If at any time your pet’s condition becomes worse, or does not improve after 24 hours Lakes Veterinary Hospital recommends that they are seen by a Veterinarian**