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Light colored gums and constant hacking up food/water

Starting this morning Fatboy has been throwing up either water or food. I knew his stomach was upset this morning when he didn't want to eat, but he did end up eating most of his food. I gave him his flea meds (Revolution) and went on with our day.

Well throughout the day he's been throwing up a combination of food and water. When he napped, he sounded like he had a lot of fluids in his chest (the vet said it was his cleft palate the last time I took him in). When I checked his gums and tongue, they are almost whitish in color with a blue tinge to it. He's breathing normal and doing his business as usual. Could it be his flea meds that are upsetting him?

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I forgot to mention, these issues worsen if he runs or barks

suddenly.

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AmyandSophia's picture

Two things.

I would immediately wash the flea meds off if it was a topical application. You certainly can't rule out a reaction to the meds. Secondly, I would have him checked for elongated palate (spelling?!). If it gets wore when he runs or plays I would definitely lean toward an elongated palate. The white gums/tongue could be a lack of oxygen issue that I would not let go for very long at all before I had him at the vet....

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

I heard bad things about Revolution a while ago...

I heard of several dogs that got quite ill after treatment with it.  I agree with Amy, bathe him and get as much off as possible.  

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Our breeder recommended Revolution because

it had heartworm meds in it.  What else can we use? He is doing better now, but I believe we will have to look into the pallet issue.  Dr. Butchko doesn't take pet insurance, but since this procedure isn't done in his office, the office he has this procedure done at may right?

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

They might or...

they might consider it genetic if they exclude those problems.  Have Dr Butchko recommend someone to do the surgery if he doesn't do it, it's really important that it be done correctly.  Too much off or too little can cause more problems.  Chester had a horrible palate athough he had no symptoms except he started urping water every time he drank and would throw up his food and get foamy.  He's been a lot better since his surgery.  We use Iverheart for heartworm, fortunately for us, we don't have fleas here so we don't need flea meds.  

I've been to Dr Butchko many times. I've used my pet insurance.

They just had to fill in the diagnosis and sign the form.  

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Thank you for the info. This is good to know. We were told he

doesn't take insurance.  I will get Fatboy back in there.

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