Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern about Fanny.
You are close to thinking she could have a cold. But, a cold is a viral problem. Many many dogs get upper respiratory infections that are bacterial. Some dogs can get quite sick and will also lose their appetite.
The problem is, we don't know 100% if the hacking is due to a respiratory infection, or if the hacking is more stomach
To help settle the stomach you can use of the following, but not as a replacement for veterinary examination include
1.Pepcid A.C. (famotidine
) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
2.Prilosec (omeprazole). It comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
You can give in every 24 hours. You give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg
3.Zantac (Ranitidne). It comes in 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg sizes.
You can give it every 8 to 12 hours. You give 0.25 to 1mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get roughly 1/3 tablet of the 75mg. Even with bigger pets, it is easiest to get the smallest size tablet. Even a 75 pound dog would only need one 75mg tablet.
4.Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day, which should be divided into two or three doses. So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day divided. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.
Now, if not stomach related, one of the above may not help at all.
Either way, definitely, it is time to get into a vet, as a course of antibiotics to deal with a respiratory infection is very important.
Avoid anything raw
and anything fatty like bacon, although I definitely appreciate your efforts to try and get Fanny to eat. Those foods can often make a dog quite sick.
Here is a bland diet recommendation:
Boiled boneless, skinless chicken
breast OR low-fat cottage cheese
Cooked white rice
*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above
*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white rice
What about shivering?
Well, that can also be a sign of nausea or even pain. So, again, just in case this is nausea, one of the antacids above is worth a try . But, you might want to get into an emergency vet tonight if the shivering/tremors persist.
Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
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