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He has been very tired and sleeps alot, he went on a walk

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he has been very tired and sleeps alot , he went on a walk and seemed fine. but then he wouldnt eat anything and his stomach was making gruggeling sounds . it doesnt seem to be swollen, also he didnt poop all day , not since yesterday , maybe the day before. his stomach is quite now . he seems to be resting comfortable.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Duke , he is a chiwawa and he is 10-12 years old.
JA: How old is Duke?
Customer: im pretty sure he was six when i adopoted him in 2010. so he could be as old as 12
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Duke?
Customer: not that i can think of , he had his teeth cleaned a couple of weeks ago and his regular vet seemed to think he was fine.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Based on Duke's signs, we do have a few concerns. Lethargy and sleepiness are vague signs we see when our dogs are unwell, but if he has gurgling sounds and appetite loss then its likely we have some nausea brewing. Common causes we need to consider include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (hopefully not an issue here since this can be an urgent situation).

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his stomach. To start, if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest his stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating him with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though I'd note that if you give this and he cannot keep it down due to nausea that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Once that has had time to absorb and he is steadier on his stomach, you can consider tempting him with a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. So, we'd hope it help with the stomach gurgles and reduce GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning him slowly back to his normal diet.

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

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello again,

How is everything going with your wee one?

Warm regards,

Dr. B.