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If your dog has a bad stomach problem, can you give them 2%

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If your dog has a bad stomach problem, can you give them 2% milk?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

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

In regards ***** ***** question, we don't tend to give milk to dogs with gut upset since it can actually make it worse. Dog are like little lactose intolerant people, so many will develop diarrhea and potentially vomiting if this is given. Instead, if Little Man has stomach upset, you can try an OTC pet safe antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @, Zantac (More Info/Dose @, or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ 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. Also 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 he is more settled, you can plan to try small meals of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (garlic/onion free only) There are also OTC vet diets (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) that can be used too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to what you normally feed.

So, those would be better options if his stomach is upset. Of course, if this lingers, he has belly discomfort, cannot keep down water or has eaten something harmful; then we'd want him seen by his vet as well for further treatment.

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Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.
Hi Frances,

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