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Yesterday he got into a box of sugar and a bad of powdered

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Yesterday he got into a box of brown sugar and a bad of powdered sugar .. He opened the pantry cabinet ! He vomited in the middle of the night and had bad diarrhea in the am.. When returned from work , he is lethargic and won't move from the couch. I bring him water which he only drinks when entice him w a spoon and gave him chicken and rice which he ate ravenously . He is on my bed now and just gv him more water w a spoon and he drank then from the bowl. I am worried bout him for he barely moves and looks so sad. Is this serious ??
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: He ran on the trail w me in the am and started to hv diarrhea once heading home .. He's not been right since He seemed ok in the am yesterday
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 18 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 18 days ago.

Sugar often does cause nausea in dogs.

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 address 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 16 days ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. I didn't hear back from you. How is your companion doing?