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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear that your little one is not eating. Unfortunately if there is an underlying cause of the reduced appetite a veterinary visit is warranted to determine the underlying cause and get her interested in food once again. I will give you basic guidelines to treat an upset stomach but again if this is not effective please consider a veterinary visit
- Begin Pepcid 0.25 mg/ pound (famotidine) every 12 hours for 3 days to help settle the stomach - Wait 30 minutes to attempt to feed a mixture of white rice with boiled lean meat such as chicken which is high in fiber but also bland to the intestinal tract and enticing to the appetite as well in small more frequent meals. You can add water to ensure that there is no dehydration. - If not interested you can try jarred meat variety baby foods to entice the appetite which is also bland to the stomach- If you are able, getting up and walk. Walks are great in reducing gi spasms, nausea, and entice the appetite but if not up for it that is also alrightIndications of cause for concern:- Gums are pale, yellow, brick red and sticky indicating dehydration- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood in it that is progressing or not resolving in the next 2-4 hours- 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 distressI hope this information is helpful. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today and I truly hope your dog is feeling better soon.
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I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, were you able to try my options to get her to eat? I would love an update when you are able
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