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She had a bladder issue put her meds, but now she's not

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she had a bladder issue put her meds, but now she's not interested in eating at all and getting worse by the day
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: the kids just refer to her as pup, she was a rescue dog but we think about 12 years old
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Pupy lol
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: she has build up below her eys
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I am sorry to hear Pupy is not feeling well. Can you please tell me what bladder problems she is having and what medications she was placed on?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I am sorry if you are having issues with the site, I am online another 30 minutes tonight and will do my best to assist you both.

There is a possibility that the medications she is on is making things worse for her but knowing which medications these are will help me guide my recommendations. Please call your veterinarian in the morning regardless to adjust the medications and hopefully allow these progressive symptoms to subside...

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
we took her off the meds a few days ago, at first we noticed she lost bladder control the meds seemed to have helped but now she just wont eat at all loosing weight and looks pretty sad no happy dog behind her eyes
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Was the medication proin or des? Has she had any vomiting or diarrhea? Nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass)?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I do wonder if there is something else going on besides a reaction to the medication but if it was proin then some dogs can have severe side effects from this medication and although she may need supportive care to help her through this acute phase she should start to improve but I do strongly urge you have her seen by your veterinarian in the morning

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Some things to start now:
- Begin pepcid 0.25 mg / pound every 12 hours to help settle the stomach 15 minutes prior to offering small more frequent meals
- Foods to try: boiled lean meat such as bison and white rice. Bison has a more "gamey" odor and dogs tend to be more interested when this is offered. Other options include jarred baby foods meat varieties (try several types to see if there is one preferred, often it is pork for some reason that dogs are interested in), rotisserie chicken, even canned kitten foods have a strong odor and can increase interest in food

- Try to avoid the more acidic foods if possible

- Simethicone (gas x) once to twice daily to reduce gas production and cramping if you note any issues with this

Hopefully this will give you some ideas of things to try today and increase the appetite. Again I would advise discussing with your vet possible causes of the reduced appetite and your vet will likely dispense an anti nausea medication +/- an appetite stimulant to increase interest in eating again if possible

Please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I truly hope your dog starts eating for you soon

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I am online another 15 minutes tonight if I can be of any further assistance

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Pupy to see how she was doing today? I would love an update when you are able

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.
Hi Shaun,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Altman