Q. I just adopted a 5 yr old boxer last wknd. Today after daycare he vomited and is uninterested in his food or toys. Should I be concerned?
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Hopefully your daycare requires that all participants be vaccinated. However, sometimes dogs in close contact do pass GI infections, typically viral ones but sometimes bacterial and parasitic, between them. So it's possible that your dog picked up something at daycare, but it's also possible that something completely different is going on. Withhold food for 6 - 8 hours, then offer small quantities (1/2 cup) of a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and boiled white rice in a 25%-75% mixture. If he eats this and holds it down you can continue feeding another small meal in 2 - 4 hours. Continue for 24 hours and if no more vomiting and his attitude is improving, transition back to regular diet. If he continues to vomit and be lethargic, or if other signs develop, take him in for treatment.