Severe Vomiting in Puppy
My 4 month old puppy, Casper, started vomiting along with a small case of diarrhea after eating chicken bones on thursday. He vomited at least 5 times before bedtime. The next day, friday, he wouldn't eat and just wasn't his usually playful self, so i took him to the vet.
They gave him an exam,including the fecal exam, ruling out several viruses. The doctor couldn't find anything and told me he seemed to be normal, told me to give him small portions of soft can food, gradually increasing as tolerated, and sent him home. Casper did seem to play and wag his tail some when i picked him up from the vet. The next day, saturday, he drank some water and vomited it up. The vomiting has been going on all day long, it's been clear water with a little white foam. He appeared weak and still not eating.
I took him to the emergency vets and they gave him a shot of fluids and some medicine for vomiting. I've giving it to him and he's still vomiting, to the point where hardly anything is coming out and he is straining with force. He keeps making this 'hacking' sound off and on through out the night.
I've been up all night long crying and praying because i don't know what to do. I cannot afford to keep going to the vet, but i need him to get better. It is now sunday morning and i am here now writing you and holding Casper. Please help! :(
I'm so sorry to hear about what's happening to Casper, it must be terrifying and heartbreaking for you.
I fervently hope by now he is starting to improve, but if not he MUST see a vet again, if he can't keep water down he needs an IV to replace the fluids as severe dehydration alone can kill a puppy. If he has got to the point where he can keep a little fluid down, try giving him Pedialyte (for kids diarrhea/vomiting) with his water, use a dropper to give it to him if it helps.
I'm not sure what the veterinarians tested for but am assuming they ruled out Canine Parvovirus and other common contagious illnesses. Perhaps the chicken contained bacteria that caused Caspers' illness, or perhaps it's just a coincidence, it's impossible to tell.
If he's not already on antibiotics he may well need to be, but again only a vet can help with this. I know how expensive veterinary care can be so if finances are a problem try talking with your vet to see if they will let you set up a payment plan of some sort to cover his care. Or check with your local humane society as they may know of low-cost veterinary practices or some other help you could use.
I really wish that I could help more and I feel for you, I know how horrible it is when your puppy is sick. I pray that you're able to get the help he needs and that he makes a full recovery.