Q. My puppy is in heat for the first time.she had diarrhea and vomiting.she won't eat or drink anything. Don't know what to do.
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. I would also add to the information below that while dogs occasionally will go "off their feed" during a heat cycle, vomiting and diarrhea isn't normally associated with heat. If her symptoms don't resolve in 24 hours, or if she gets substantially worse (i.e. Vomiting that won't stop, dry-heaving, blood in the stool) take her right in.
A. Withhold food for 12-24 hours. Allow small amounts of water or unflavored PediaLyte. Resume feeding a bland diet (1:1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice). Serve it warmed or mix in some baby food to stimulate the appetite. Feed in small, frequent amounts waiting at least one hour between feedings. If the vomiting stops, continue feeding until the stool is normal. Transition slowly to the regular diet. If the vomiting or diarrhea donâ€™t stop, see your veterinarian. Consider having her spayed after her heat cycle is complete if she is not a show dog or breeding stock.