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I have a 13 year old red nose pit. He has started losing

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I have a 13 year old red nose pit. He has started losing weight and drinking a lot of water. He has also been vomiting up food or form.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 1 year ago.

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

I am so sorry to hear your dog is experiencing this. I assume he has not been on any medications nor in to see his veterinarian yet. His symptoms are vague and could indicate one of a long list of potential problems ranging from an organ issue (liver, kidney) to pancreatitis to ingestion of an unusual item that is trapped in his digestive tract to cancer. To try to narrow down this list will require working through his issues with his veterinarian with a physical exam followed by some lab testing that might include a CBC, chemistry profile, urine check and thyroid screening +/- radiographs (X-rays). With that information we should be able to narrow down the cause. IT really is in his best interest to be seen. I will make some recommendations you can try at home but my top worry is if he is vomiting up most of his food, then the medication may not stay down long enough to help. As well none of our over-the-counter options are curative. They can, however, potentially make him feel better.

If you were unable to get him in right away and he was my patient I might recommend you try:
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1) Feed a bland diet which is easy for him to digest: Try white rice and boiled chicken breasts (chopped) in about 3 meals per day. You may substitute another bland protein instead of chicken such as boiled hamburger meat or cottage cheese. Use white rice, not brown.

2) Give famotidine (Pepcid AC) 20mg at 1 tablet every 12 hours for nausea/vomit. You should be able to find this medication at any pharmacy over-the-counter. It has no bad side effects and does a great job to settle stomach acid and reduce nausea.

3) Peptobismol liquid: Give 1 table by mouth every 8 hours for diarrhea and nausea. This medication must be given 1 hour after any other medication as it will coat the system and can potentially prevent absorption of other medications.

4) Probiotic supplementation: Start a probiotic such as one made for dogs (Proviable or Fortiflora) or you may use culturelle as made for people (1 capsule daily). Or if you cannot get any of those products then give 1 tsp of plain yogurt once daily.

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