Hmm....I am not entirely sure the diagnosis was correct. Those coughing fits may have been more hacking fits and associated with the stomach and vomiting problem.
There may have never been a respiratory problem.
My primary concerns for vomiting include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new dog food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
To help settle the stomach you could try one of the following drugs. My favorite product is Pepcid (an over-the-counter antacid).
Pepcid comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets. You can give it every 12 hours.
Pepto-Bismol (NOT TO BE USED IN CATS)
However, it really sounds like you may have to get back into the vet, or perhaps, another vet for a second opinion and better supportive medications than I can offer from here.
, here is a bland diet recommendation:
Boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast
Cooked white rice
Low-fat cottage cheese
*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above
*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white rice
*Sometimes, you will see cooking hamburger meat being recommended and taking off the fat. I try to avoid this option as it can exacerbate pets that may have pancreatitis. Chicken works great.
Veterinarians will often prescribe some prescription bland diets like Science Diet I/D or Iams Low-residue. Both are wonderful options.
POSSIBLE TESTS YOUR VETERINARIAN MAY WANT TO PERFORM WITH VOMITING OR DIARRHEA SYMPTOMS:
1. Abdominal x-rays to look for foreign bodies, masses, and intestinal wall changes.
2. A basic blood test for an overall health assessment.
3. A fecal test to check for intestinal parasites (not just worms, but also microscopic bugs like giardia and coccidia)
That's about the most info I can provide.
I hope that is helpful.
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can the antibiotics be causing her stomach problems to continue and cause her symptoms?
Absolutely. That's the tricky part. I am not permitted to direct you to stop giving the antibiotic. I am sure you understand. If there is a upper respiratory infection, and it gets worse, it would be my fault.
I can only advise I what I have said so far and how to help settle the stomach.
i understand. Coughing is no longer an issue. I will finish out the last 2 pills today and closely monitor her to see if she improves. If not then a second opinion will definitely be looked into.
Sounds like a plan. Good Luck
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