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He seems to just want to lay, Reggie a rescue small dog

Customer Question

He seems to just want to lay
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: Reggie a rescue small dog about a year... it happened last night... he is better today
JA: How old is Reggie?
Customer: Don't know a year or so
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Reggie?
Customer: He is usually very playful.. doesn't want to eat
Submitted: 22 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
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Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Will I receive a phone call?
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
His nose is wet and cool. He is a rat terrier
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 22 days 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 22 days ago.

1) Are you seeing vomiting or diarrhea?
2) When did he last eat?
3) Any pain?
4) When you say he's better today, have all symptoms resolved?

Customer: replied 22 days ago.
No volmiting won't eat no pain little diarrhea last night. He is just not his playful self much better than last night
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
This is fine I don't have money to talk on phone
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 22 days ago.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. It often helps to give something to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, avoid or treat changes in the stool, etc. If you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

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. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 20 days ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. I did not hear back from you. How is your companion doing? Can I help you any further?