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What can be taken upset stomach? Vomiting and loose stools

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what can be taken for an upset stomach? Vomiting and loose stools are present.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Provided that Phoebe hasn't eaten anything she shouldn't have and has no brewing GI infections, we do have some home supportive care options that we can try for her. As long as she has not just vomited, you can try to soothe her stomach with an OTC antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if she has any know health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. And be aware that if she cannot keep these down, then that is often a sign that we need to bypass the mouth with injectable anti-nausea medication from their vet.

Otherwise, to help with all her signs, you can consider putting her onto a light diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled and reduce the diarrhea load.

Finally, as long as you have not seen blood in those stools, you can consider trying a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure if the cause were infectious; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards ***** ***** options for your wee one, the one we most commonly use is Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p). This is available OTC at most pharmacies. Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (which is available OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea and those last ones have the added bonus of providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing this upset GI.

Overall, we do need to tread with care when our dogs are showing both upper and lower GI signs, but you can use the above to try and reduce those for her. Though if this lingers over 24 hours or she looks dehydrated, then we'd want to plan to have her vet involved for further treatment +/- fluids.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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