My Pug is vomiting up a yellow/orange liquid what do I do?
by Jaimie B
So I live in an isolated town where a vet is nowhere to be found when you need one! There are occasional visits from an out-of-town vet but it is extremely hard to book an appointment for the short time He/She visits.
Anyways my Dog has regularly licked the tops of his paws since I got him 2 months ago, (he is already 6 years old) and yesterday i noticed severe swelling in his cheeks but could not detect any cuts and there are rarely bugs around during this season..
The swelling has gone down as of this morning but I awoke to a giant puddle of Vomit and my dog has continually been throwing up all day long.. and refuses to drink or eat! please help I do not know what to do!!
Hi Jaimie I'm sorry to hear about what is happening with your dog, and it must be very worrying when you aren't close to a veterinarian. However, from what you describe I would say that it's very important that you get your Pug to a vet - even if it means traveling to another town. Presumably there is an emergency vet alternative somewhere!
The licking you mention sounds as though it may be due to dog allergies of some sort. However, how the swollen face and vomiting fit in exactly I'm not sure.
Now, I'm not a vet myself, so I can't give you a professional opinion, but the swollen cheeks could also indicate allergies although that is a much more serious reaction than the paw-licking. Is there anything around that your dog could have been in contact with (could be a plant, chemical on the ground etc. even) which caused this type of reaction. Or he could even have eaten?
If he ingested something that he reacted badly to, or something toxic or irritating that could perhaps explain the vomiting. The color of his vomit makes me wonder if there's a little blood in it, or if it's very acidic. Difficult to say. Not eating for a day or so isn't a big deal, but not drinking can lead to dehydration which is a problem. Try to encourage him to lap water, or give him some Pedialyte or even Gatorade if he'll take it. If he won't lap you can try to give it to him with a dropper/syringe, but this isn't always successful. If he doesn't drink anything for more than 24 hours he could need an IV for fluids.
You could try giving him a little Benadryl (1/2 mg per lb of body weight given every 8 hours) as this can be a temporary relief for allergy related symptoms. However, your dog really does need to be seen by a vet so that you can find out what's causing his problems. They seem to be getting more severe and that's cause for concern.
I hope that you manage to get him the help he needs soon. Best of luck.