Sunday, December 30, 2012
When Wolfie is Sick
Every once in a while, Wolfie gets an upset stomach and throws up his food. Do I need to always rush to the Vet?
If you are a new dog owner or if Wolfie is a small puppy, I would at least call your Vet, explain the situation, and ask for their advise. If you believe that they have come in contact with anything poisonous (click here for more details), wash their mouth out and take them to the Vet. If Wolfie isn't a puppy and you have had dogs before, I would use my common sense and experience to decide what to do.
The big thing is observation. After they have thrown up, are they still active? Do they still have an apatite? Are they hydrated? (You can tell this by pinching their fur and see if it bounces back or stays in that "pinch". If it bounces back, they are hydrated, if it doesn't, they are dehydrated and need to go to the Vet.)
If they are still active, have an apatite, and are hydrated, it might be a good idea to continue watching them. This "upset stomach" might have been a one-time thing and they will be fine.
The one thing that you should do during this time is to change their diet from their regular, dry food to something more soothing for their stomach. Just like us, we suggest white rice with a cut up boneless chicken breast. Make sure they have all the water they want. After about a day, everything should be fine and they can go back on their regular food.
If, from your observations, they continue to throw up, become listless, or dehydrated; off to the Vet you go!