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Hi there, I would not give her the xanax. Has she panted heavily after previous doses of the phenylpropanolamine?- Dr. C
Panting is not a normal side effect of that medication. It is usually very well tolerated with the main possible side effects being tachycardia (elevated heartrate) and/or tenseness. Is there anything else that Dixie could have gotten into? Any other symptoms that she is displaying? Any other medical history (besides the incontinence)? Thanks for your patience in answering all my questions- I'm trying to get a better idea of what's going on with Dixie!- Dr. C
If she's been taking it twice daily for the last 6 days without panting as a side effect, it would be very unusual for this to be having an effect now. Can you take her heartrate- feel for her femoral pulses and count the rate for 15 sec, then multiply by 4 to get the heart rate. CNS stimulation is rarely, if ever, seen in veterinary patients from the phenylpropanolamine.
That's actually a fairly low heartrate. Has her panting slowed at all? With an elevated rest rate, I'd want to rule out cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, pain and diarrhea. As an emergency vet, those are definitely the top 4 things that I see cause heavy panting.
Gotcha. I wonder if she may be having a flare-up of pancreatitis and/or colitis. Have you tried taking her outside to see if she will use the restroom?
Yes, I think tramadol could help with the gastrointestinal distress it seems like she is having as it can definitely be painful to have gas and/or diarrhea. Do you know her tramadol dose? If you don't, please let me know her approximate weight and I can help you with that. Pepcid AC (famotidine) could also help- 5 mg by mouth every 12 hours for 7 days. A probiotic would also help- your vet may have some recommendations for you. I like proviable the best, ***** ***** coming in at a close second. Hope that helps, and please let me know if you need help with her tramadol dosing. Thanks- Dr. C
Yes , you are correct- she can take 25 mg of tramadol every 8 hours as needed for pain. If she is not having any vomiting, you can mix her probiotics in with a small amount of food. If you'd rather wait until the morning, that is totally fine.
Great, hope you both get some rest! - Dr. C