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Dog all of a sudden sad, doesn't wag tail and whining a lot.

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dog all of a sudden sad, doesn't wag tail and whining a lot. just not got behind me almost like scared. parents says she would touch her belly and she'd whine.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
it happened from one day to another. have no idea what it could be
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

1) How old is Lily?
2) Is she still eating and drinking well?
3) Is she allowed to jump on an off of elevated surfaces, such as furniture and the porch?
4) Any history of illness or injury?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
she's about 4 years old.
to be honest I haven't seen her eat or drink. we have three other dogs so I haven't noticed if she has or not.
We don't normally let her on furniture.
and she really hasn't had any history of illness or injury, she's had upset stomach in the past do to changing there food. But other than that nothing.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

There are two things that concern me right off.

1) Dogs are prone to stomach upsets.
2) Dogs are prone to neck and back problems--see more info below.

The sudden onset of whining, not wagging her tail, fear-like behavior, and tenderness in the abdomen are also symptoms we see with back issues, though they can certainly suggest stomach issues as well. If you're not seeing vomiting or stool issues, I wouldn't discount a back issue just yet. Stomach issues usually onset slowly where back or neck issues tend to have a more spontaneous onset, in my experience.

One thing that can be done overnight to give her some relief, if this is a stomach problem, is to give regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. You can also use a bland diet for her of boiled rice and chicken breast.

More than likely, she is going to need to be seen by your vet tomorrow morning for an exam. X-rays of the neck and back, if your vet can still elicit a pain reflex, may be indicated. In many cases where there is back pain, rest and oral medications help greatly. Often prescribed are canine-safe NSAIDs, muscle relaxers and pain medication.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Well just now there was a bit of stool on the floor which I could only assume it was hers. she had pooped and peed in different spots. So I don't know if that changes anything.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I also read it's possible to give dogs pepto-bismol with a minimum dose. I haven't done it but is that possible to do?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Was the stool normal in consistency?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
it was a mix of both solid and other areas was a little watery stool.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

You can give pepto. I personally prefer Pepcid because it works better, but if you have pepto on hand you can give one teaspoon per 20 pounds of weight every 4-6 hours for 24 hours. However, if she is not greatly improved by morning, I would see your vet.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I spoke to my mom and she says that she does eat and drink but that when she tries to pick her up she whines as if something is hurting her.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

I highly suspect it's her back.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Checking in, W. How is Lily today? Was there a definitive diagnosis determined today? How is her treatment coming along?