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She is s 13 year Doxie Noticed last night very weak when I

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She is s 13 year Doxie
Noticed last night very weak when I got home- had to carry her to bed and out to potty this morning/ have been giving water and she has eaten some cheese and very little dog food.
Noticed knots on her tummy very swollen/ she has had a couple fatty knots- but now tummy feels very tight and knots are hard.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Josie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Josie?
Customer: Just very weak- would not hardly walk- she is moving a bit today/ I kept her in the kennel in the house to keep her cool today so she could rest/
Worried with the knots if something else I should worry about or take her in the morning to a vet.
She had always been very healthy
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

1) Is she willing to walk at all?
2) Any vomiting or diarrhea?
3) Any history of illness or injury?
4) Any pain?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
She is walking s bit today/ slowly
No vomit or pain
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

I would recommend that you plan a visit to your vet tomorrow.

The lumps you're seeing may well be benign fatty tumors that are common in older dogs. My concern is for her back. There's a condition in dogs, which tends to affect a lot of dachshunds, called IVDD or intervertebral disk disease. This can cause a wide variety of symptoms from tenderness to paralysis. Some dogs will show signs of abdominal issues though its truly their back that is hurting them. Because she's a senior and showing signs of being unwell, it's best to have her examined sooner than later.

I can also give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel.

More info on IVDD here, though keep in mind that she is not showing the more advanced signs, if this is what she has:

If she worsens overnight, definitely take her to the ER. Otherwise, tomorrow morning an exam with your vet should suffice.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

How is Josie doing today, JACustomer?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
She seems to have a little pep in her step this morning-
Not 100% but better for dure
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

This is good news. If this does happen to be IVDD, the potential exists for reinjury. I would still recommend a vet visit but if she is improving watching her closely also remains an option. Let me know if I can help you further.