Q. Noticed his stomache was hard this morning he barely just threw up now and is not bloated anymore

Wed, Jul 26, 2023

Noticed his stomache was hard this morning he barely just threw up now and is not bloated anymore

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I understand that you are concerned about your 10-month-old male dog who has been experiencing some symptoms.

The combination of a hard stomach and vomiting could indicate a few potential issues. When a dog's stomach becomes hard, it might be a sign of bloating or gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), which is a serious and life-threatening condition. GDV occurs when the stomach fills with gas and twists upon itself. This can quickly lead to a reduction in blood flow to vital organs and requires immediate veterinary attention.

There could be various reasons for his symptoms apart from GDV. It's essential to consider other possibilities like dietary indiscretion, where he might have eaten something inappropriate, causing stomach upset. Infections, foreign body ingestion, or gastrointestinal obstructions are also possible culprits.

There are some home care measures you can take, but please keep a close eye on him.

a. Withhold Food: To give his stomach some time to settle, it's best to withhold food for the next 12-24 hours. However, make sure he has access to water to stay hydrated.

b. Monitor for Changes: Continuously observe him for any signs of worsening or new symptoms. These may include persistent vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pain, pale gums, or difficulty breathing.

c. Limit Activity: Encourage him to rest and avoid any strenuous activity, as this may help reduce the risk of GDV if it's a concern.

d. Avoid Medication: Refrain from giving over-the-counter medications without veterinary guidance, as some drugs can worsen certain conditions.

e. Small Meals Later: After the fasting period, reintroduce small, bland meals like boiled chicken and rice. If he keeps the food down and doesn't show any negative reactions, you can gradually increase the amount and reintroduce his regular diet.

If possible, it's best to take him to the doctor to determine the exact cause. Until then, try the advice above. If his symptoms persist or worsen, he will need veterinary attention as soon as possible.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.