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I have a Shitz Tzu that has had diarrarhea hours, s last

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I have a Shitz Tzu that has had diarrarhea for 24 hours, His last stool had some blood. He didn't eat today so his stomache is growing, lethargic and warm nose. Can I wait till tomorrow to see vet?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  JACUSTOMER-2ggpt01r- replied 4 months ago.

Hey there! With a smaller dog whose diarrhea has gotten bloody, I would recommend having him seen sooner rather than later. I fear that he will become very dehydrated overnight due to the losses (diarrhea) and may be in even worse shape by morning. If cost is a huge factor, please let me know and I'm happy to offer some suggestions that you can try in the short term to try to hold him over until your family veterinarian opens tomorrow- Dr. C

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I would prefer to wait if there is something I could do for the night
Expert:  JACUSTOMER-2ggpt01r- replied 4 months ago.

Ok, here are some things you can try that are available over the counter:

1. pepcid AC (famotidine) 5 mg by mouth every 12 hours

2. loperamide 2 mg by mouth every 12 hours

3. meclizine 12.5 mg by mouth every 24 hours

4. a probiotic once daily, or 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt twice daily

5. a bland diet of plain boiled chicken and white rice - small meals every 6 hours

6. encourage water consumption and/or pedialyte to try to keep him hydrated.

Hope this helps! - Dr. C