Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so very sorry that no one has assisted you yet today and that your little one is having such difficulties with her heart and now her gi tract.
Please bear with me while I go through a few of the questions individually then will give additional recommendations.
- I definitely would not advise immodium, this can be quite toxic
in some breeds but the dose is very tiny and a little dog like yours would have to take a microscopic dose. It is something I simply never use because of risk of complications from its use, I look at why we are having the diarrhea and address it directly thereby resulting in resolution of the diarrhea
- I strongly urge you to have your veterinarian evaluate a fresh or refrigerated fecal sample to ensure there is nothing that requires therapy such as an imbalance in her bacteria flora requiring probiotics or a clostridial overgrowth (a type of bacteria) that can occur with stress (physical or emotional) that might require the reglan you mentioned. Is this colonic or small intestine? Colonic diarrhea tends to be somewhat formed in the beginning and often has blood or mucus in it along with the straining you mentioned while small intestinal issues more commonly are straight diarrhea with no formation whatsoever.
- Adding a few things for now that will help with the diarrhea until you can see your vet (some will just require the fecal if she has been seen recently while others will require an examination) such as white rice and/ or 1 tsp per canned pumpkin per meal. This is safe with her medications as well as with her heart disease
and will reduce colonic inflammation and hopefully help form the stool a bit
- Please make sure the garlic you are using is in very small quantities. Garlic in larger amounts and in chronic administration can be toxic to dogs
- Pepcid or famotidine
0.25 mg/ pound so for a typical dog of her size this would be 1/4 tablet of a 10 mg every 12 hours to help settle her stomach
I hope this information is helpful to you but please let me know how else I can assist you both. I am on-line most of the evening bearing a dinner break... I truly hope your little one is feeling better soon!
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