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Understanding your American English Coonhound's health concerns involves considering several factors, including his symptoms and current treatments. The vomiting you've described as clear and slimy, without the presence of blood or a black color, suggests it may not be related to gastrointestinal bleeding, which is a positive sign. However, vomiting on a weekly basis is still a cause for concern.
Famotidine, which your dog is currently taking, is a medication commonly used to reduce stomach acid and help with issues such as ulcers or gastritis. It's important to ensure that this medication is being administered according to your veterinarian's instructions.
The additional issues you've mentioned, such as diarrhea, eye problems, behavioral changes, obesity, heartworms, itching, fleas, and ticks, can all contribute to your dog's overall health status. For instance, parasites like fleas and ticks can cause itching and skin irritation, and if left untreated, can lead to more serious conditions such as anemia or tick-borne diseases. Heartworms are a serious concern and require veterinary attention for diagnosis and treatment.
Given the range of symptoms, it's crucial to maintain a comprehensive approach to your dog's health. Ensure that he is on a balanced diet appropriate for his age and breed, and consider discussing with your vet about starting a flea and tick prevention program, as well as a heartworm prevention plan, if not already in place.
At home, monitor your dog's vomiting episodes closely. Keep a log of when he vomits, how much, and the characteristics of the vomit. Also, note any changes in his stool, appetite, behavior, or weight. These details can be invaluable for your veterinarian when diagnosing the issue.
Hydration is key, especially if your dog is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. Offer small amounts of water frequently to prevent dehydration. If he is unable to keep water down, this is a sign that he needs immediate veterinary care.
If your dog's vomiting becomes more frequent, if he appears lethargic, has a swollen abdomen, experiences difficulty breathing, or if you notice any blood in his vomit or stool, these are all indications that he should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
In the meantime, keep your dog's environment clean and free of any potential toxins or hazards that could be ingested. Ensure that his vaccinations are up to date to prevent infectious diseases, which can sometimes cause symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.
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