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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!So sorry your little one is not feeling well. I can give you some guidelines that indicate a veterinary er visit is warranted but if he is not improving or progressing then please consider a veterinary er visit. In addition, if it gives you peace of mind that he is not in need of urgent medical attention it would be advised as well.- Gums are pale, yellow, brick red and sticky indicating dehydration- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood in it- Increased lethargy or difficulty getting comfortable- Swollen abdomen- Respiratory rate > 60 while at rest- Temperature rectally <99 or >103.5- No interest in food for 24+ hours- No urination for 12+ hours- Trembling without resolution for more than an hour- Productive coughing- Taking a "play bow" or what looks like a downward dog position which is abdominal distressYou can try:- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours x 3 days- Instead of oatmeal a combination of white rice and boiled chicken or another lean meat which is bland yet bulking in small more frequent meals. This will be a little more well balanced with his special diet and return to the diet a little more rapidly as wellI suspect he is not urinating more frequently because he was having diarrhea and his body needed the additional reserve of hydration but if this changes again it can be related to his previous history of bladder stones...I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I hope your senior friend is feeling better soon...
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