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Hi All,

I have a lovely toy poodle (Ralphy), he will be 2 human years in June. He was throwing up thru the night last night, after i cleaned up I let him in the garden (about 3am) he normally stays in the garden for 10 minutes but this time he stayed for a lot longer, i went out a collected him and then went back to sleep only to find him throwing up again 30 minutes later. he threw up a lot of grass.

Today he hasn't eaten all day but instead has been grazing in the back garden, so now he hasn't had a proper meal in 24 hours. Although he has been grazing today he hasn't thrown up.

Can any of you knowledgeable people offer any advice etc?

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Darren
 

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Some dogs eat grass as a natural emetic when they have stomach pain. If it doesn't resolve quickly I would talk to your vet, especially if he also has diarrhoea. There have been a lot of very unpleasant canine stomach bugs around in the UK this year, or could he have eaten something he shouldn't? Is he drinking, even if not eating? Toy dogs can dehydrate quickly, as well as being prone to hypoglycaemia if they do not eat - both can be dangerous if not treated. Try him with dilute home made chicken stock - a little skinned chicken cooked in plenty of water, no salt, cooled to blood temperature. Dogs will often drink that when they refuse plain water. If he is not eating or drinking and seems lethargic I would not wait - call the 24 hour emergency vet immediately - but if he is bright and active then you should be safe waiting to see how he is in the morning. A day or two of a bland diet like chicken and rice may be a good idea until he feels better.
 
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Hi FJM

Thanks for your prompt and informative response!

He doesn't have diarrhea, he could have eaten something in the garden as hes always sniffing around. Hes not really drinking either, he will drink a little water from my hand but not from his bowl. He seems OK not too lethargic as he is still playing, ill see how he goes this evening and take him to vets tomorrow
 

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I would try and get some more fluids into him, especially if he is still vomiting. Good idea to see the vet - definitely better safe than sorry.
 

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Hi FJM

Ralphy seems to be much more normal this morning, he has had some food and is drinking water. Thank you so much for all your advice.

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Good news - sounds as if it was just a temporary upset. If it becomes a pattern talk to your vet - they can prescribe an anti-acid that saves a lot of hanging around at 3am!
 

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Tonka regularly wants to 'graze'. So I let him... deliberately.
The odd thing is that he will not eat the same grass all the time, but will switch to other plants from time to time. Depending on the time of year???
He always sniffs out what he wants to eat. So he's eating by scent.
Sometimes he grazes to heave... others not.
 
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