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Dog isn't drinking water. Saturday evening pulled down pan

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Dog isn't drinking water. Saturday evening pulled down pan from stove consumed drippings from brisket - salty and fatty. She 9 good health.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Is she eating?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly,does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Has she had any diarrhea?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she's eating.. No obvious pain in abdomen. Stool was loose Sun. Evening. Gums punk gray. She ate her usual dinner last night. No gagging retching etc.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Is this odd gum color normal for her? Or paler?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not sure.. She just ate added water to kibble. Ate it all.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

In that case, we need to keep an eye on that for her. Otherwise, based on her lack of water intake, I'd be concerned that we have some low grade nausea lurking here after what she ate. Therefore, watering down her kibble is a good plan. Further to this, you can offer wet food (which is 35% water). try flavoring the water with low salt chicken broth or even offer lactose free milk. All will be more palatable and a way of getting more fluid into her.

Otherwise, we can also try to tackle her nausea via treating her with an antacid. There are a number of antacids that are available over the counter and pet friendly. I would advise only treating with one, but the ones I tend to recommend are:

*Pepcid (More Info/Dose @
*Zantac (More Info/Dose @

* Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @
This medication of course shouldn’t be given without consulting your vet if he does have any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medications. Ideally, it should be given about 30 minutes before food to ease her upset gut signs.

Overall, her signs do just sound like residual nausea from the fatty material she ate. Its very good that she hasn't had any of those more worrying signs and is able to keep food down. But we can use the above to further settle the stomach and encourage her to drink for us.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


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