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My Abbey is a cocker spaniel. She has not been eating that

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My Abbey is a cocker spaniel. She has not been eating that much the last few days. Generally she can't wait to eat as soon as we get up in the morning. Also seems to be laying around more and not showing a lot of pep. I see nothing on her skin and she is not vomiting when she does eat. Not drinking water as much also. However, she has pooped and peed the last few days. I know she can't take heat, but I have ac.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

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

How long has she has these signs?

Any gagging, retching, lip licking, drooling or diarrhea?

Any change in her drinking or breathing?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could she have eaten something she should not have (ie bones, toys, rocks, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Any known health issues?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I answered all of these questions about 2 hours ago with an assistant. I have already received confirmation of the charges. Can you help me with some answers or suggestions for helping my Abbey?
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello again,

I can see no record of a conversation with the automatic system, hence why I asked the questions I have (which are quite important since I cannot examine Abbey in person). In any case, if she has appetite loss and hopefully none of those more serious signs I asked about, we'd be concerned about underlying nausea even without vomiting. Common causes we need to consider include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle her stomach. To start, if she hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest her stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating her with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be: Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Once that has had time to absorb and she is steadier on her stomach, you can consider starting her on a easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, we can try these to see if we can improve her eating. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning her slowly back to her normal diet.

Since dehydration is a risk with her poor drinking, we need to keep an eye on her hydration. To check that she isn't dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, do make sure she doesn’t have sunken eyes and that she doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE ( If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already, then that would be our cue to have her seen before this becomes an additional issue for her (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, there are a wide range of agents could trigger signs we are seeing. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle her stomach. If she cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, has any of the signs I inquired on, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get her vet involved. They can assess her hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle her stomach, and get her back feeling like herself.

All the best,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.
Hi Rosemary,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Abbey. How is everything going?


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