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shih tzu: has been panting and shaking all night..threw..emergency vet

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Our 9 yr old shih tzu has been panting and shaking all night.....I put a wet cool towel over her body to see if that would help cool her down and almost immediately she threw up. She has been on methylprednisolone 4 mg tablets since 7/6/12 . It is only 4:30 am here in California and no emergency vet services in our area available. Any advice until we can get her to our vet?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!

1) Are you able to take her temperature?

2) Last night or the day before, was there a change in food? people food? treats?

3) Is the belly bloated or painful?

4) What color are the gums?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Unfortunate not able to take temp
My husband says he gave her bits of fruits yesterday ( nectarines, plums & orange)
Her tummy area is very hot, doesn't seem to be blotted but when I rubbed her tummy it seemed to calm her a moment but no moans or flinching when I rubbed her stomach
Gums are very pink color
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 2 years ago.
Especially with the history of fruits being given - weight: normal;font-style: normal;font-variant: normal;text-decoration: none;">typically - this is more of a digestive disturbance and stomach upset than a true disease or concern.

For cases such as this - Some owners do a trial run - meaning they fast for 12-24 hours - then attempt a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days to see if the signs resolve

Rather than large meals - you might wish to start feeding smaller meals more often, which will not lead to the full belly and therefore the hope for improved comfort.

For now - regarding stomach upset, Pepcid A/C (Famotidine) is also a consideration - dosages and usage information here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx

I hope this information is helpful!

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Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 2 years ago.
Hi Deanna,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Maggie. How is everything going?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Good Day,
Maggie is much better....late evening the next day she seemed to be getting back to herself. Pretty sure you were right on with the upset stomach thing. Now if I can get my husband to stop sharing his food with her... :) Thank you so much. DeAnna


Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 2 years ago.
Glad to help!

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