Today, Frosty has had diarrhea four times and has thrown up two or three times. He was acting okay earlier, but now he seems sleepy and quiet. When I took him out to go potty, he was not nearly as hyper and excited as usual. Zelda also threw up today. I don't know what could be going on. I don't think there's anything he could have gotten into. He's under constant supervision.
The vet is definitely where you need to go, but in order to try to determine wether or not you need to make an emergency visit tonight take a look at their gum color - it should be pink, and when you push on the gums with your finger, it should immediately turn pink again. (If your dogs gums are pigmented (black or brown), try to find a non pigmented pink spot on the gums or lips to assess the condition). 1-2 seconds -refill time is normal 2-4 seconds-moderate to poor, possible dehydration or shock. More than 4 seconds- VET IMMEDIATELY Gum Color & What it could mean: Pink = Normal Pale to White= Anemia or Shock Blue = Smoke inhalation or suffocation. Bright cherry red = Carbon monoxide poisoning or heatstroke. Yellow = Liver problems You can also take their heart rates (a dogs normal resting heart rate is generally between 80 and 120 beats per minute). Resting Respiration rate should generally be around 30 breaths per minute (anything other than quiet, effortless breathing requires medical attention) If you know how, you can take your dogs rectal body temperature. The normal body temperature for dogs ranges between 100.9 to 101.9 degrees F. A pet who has played or exercised strenously often has a slightly elevated temperature of a degree or two, but it should return to a normal range with rest. And although a fever may not be dangerous by itself, it could point to underlying problems that needs first aid. Any temperature over 103 (if the dog has not been exercising) should be taken seriously and the vet should be notified. Finally, You can guage a pet's degree of dehydration, or fluid loss, with a simple test. The first sign of a problem is loss of the skin's elasticity. Normally hydrated dogs have extra loose skin at the tops of their heads and the base of their necks that is easy to grasp. When the water balance of the body is normal, you can gently pull up the scruff, and when you release it, the skin will spring back without hesitation to a normal position. The skin at the top of the head is more likely to show this effect, so you might want to test there first. The more severe the dehydration, the slower the skin will retract. With moderate dehydration, the skin will go back slowly and you need to see a vet in a timely manner. In severe cases, where the skin remains standing up in a ridge off the body even after you've released it, immediate vet care is required. Hope this helps and your pup's feeling better soon.
What a lot of great information, Willow----Our Golden puppy had diarrhea and vomiting 2 days ago but was acting great. I wished I had that information then, since I worry so much about our pets. He did go to the vet and he said he probably picked up a bug somewhere since he was acting well.
If your dog is vomiting take up the water till the vomiting stops(and no food).Drinking will make the dogs vomit more which dehydrates them more. Have the Vet watch the dogs for the day, just to be safe.