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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Bolt is bichon frise vry picky eatr.luvs hotdog/can beef bacon/mozzere

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Bolt is bichon frise vry picky eatr.luvs hotdog/can beef bacon/mozzerelloo all sliced mxd...or mostly cnd stomach growling evn aftr licking Pepto Bismol off my face... ...?? ?? ???
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If Bolt has a history of being a very picky eater, he might suffer from an underlying problem involving his gastrointestinal tract such as food intolerance, inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), chronic pancreatitis...too many etiologies to list in this venue. Bolt's vet can perform basic diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests to see if a metabolic problem exists. A food intolerance is tested for with presumptive hypoallergenic diets.
While hot dogs, bacon, and sliced meats can be given as a treat, they're not appropriate for regular feeding. A balanced canned dog food is fine. Please note that any abrupt change in diet can cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs. They're creatures of habit in that regard.
If Bolt's stomach growling (borborygymus) - which is the sound of gas and fluid moving through a hypermotile GI tract - is an occasional occurrence, nothing needs to be done. It's a normal sound in most dogs. If it's a regular occurrence, however, Bolt's vet should search for the cause as mentioned above.
Finally, Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can be dosed at 0.1-1 ml/lb of body weight 3-4 times daily. A mL=1/5 of a measuring teaspoon. The salicylate can upset some dogs and so if you saw a worsening of signs instead of improvement, Pepto Bismol should be discontinued. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.