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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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10yr old Boston terrier is acting odd. He just ate but now

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10yr old Boston terrier is acting odd. He just ate but now he is tensing up body and opening his mouth every few min like he might throw up but doesn't. He is acting more lethargic than normal as well
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. His symptoms are nonspecific but because of the proximity to his eating I would conjecture that he suffered gastoesophageal reflux (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn) and should have already remissed.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there a treatment for this if it continues? Are any of the human reflux meds safe for dogs? He is about 25 lbs.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, over the counter famotidine (Pepcid) can be dosed at 0.25 mg/lb and repeated in 12 hours if necessary and over the counter omeprazole (Prilosec) can be dosed at 10 mg daily as need be. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have him both. He threw up a little when he first got up. Now he is just not quite acting hisself but his nose is cold and wet.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You can see how either affects him but at 10 years of age, I don't "watchful wait" any longer than 24 hours for my patient to normalize. His symptoms aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder but hopefully they represent only a minor gastrointestinal distress that can be addressed with one of those antacids. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I will do that. We have an emergency vet hospital here I can take him to if he does not get over this in next few hours. He is resting but still drawing up or clinching muscles in his abdomen.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Sounds good. I'll think good thoughts for his quick recovery.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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