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DoodleZ
Sun, Mar 24, 2024

The first day he vomited. Then he wouldn't eat nor drink for a few hours. Then he started drinking. But he won't eat. At all. And he is acting sick. But he is still drinking water. No vomiting.


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There are a variety of causes that could lead to these symptoms, including gastrointestinal upset, an infection, ingestion of a foreign body, or even stress.

Given that your dog is still drinking, you can try to encourage eating by offering a bland diet. Boiled chicken and rice, without any seasoning, can be gentle on the stomach. Sometimes warming the food slightly can make it more appealing due to the enhanced smell.

It's also important to ensure that the water he's drinking is fresh and clean to encourage continued hydration. Dehydration can complicate any underlying condition, so his willingness to drink is positive.

Since he's on flea and tick preventatives, it's less likely that his symptoms are related to a parasite-borne illness, but it's not impossible. It's also worth considering if he could have gotten into anything that could cause illness, such as toxic foods, plants, or chemicals.

In terms of when to seek immediate veterinary care, there are several signs to watch for. If your dog exhibits any of the following, it would warrant an urgent visit to a veterinary hospital:

- Persistent vomiting or a return of vomiting, especially if it contains blood.
- Severe lethargy or unresponsiveness.
- Signs of pain such as whining, restlessness, or reluctance to move.
- A bloated or unusually hard abdomen.
- Diarrhea, especially if it's bloody or persistent.
- Any difficulty breathing or changes in gum color to blue, white, or very pale pink.

It's crucial to monitor his behavior closely. If he continues to refuse food for more than 24 hours despite your efforts with a bland diet, or if his condition seems to worsen in any way, it would be wise to seek veterinary attention.

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