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My dog doesnt want to eat but drinkinh water. he is weak but

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JA: Hello. How can I help?
Customer: my dog doesnt want to eat but drinkinh water. he is weak but taking dextrose powder mix in water
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: her name is ***** ***** 6years old. she is a labrador
JA: How old is Princess?
Customer: 6 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Princess?
Customer: she just keeps on farting
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

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

How long has she been showing signs?

Any retching, lip licking, drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea?

Any breathing changes?

Can she keep water down?

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

If you press on her belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
she is just pooping and pooping.. i already gave her dextrose powder and she keeps on drinking..
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
her poop is like this
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Thank you,

Now the color in the photo is a bit tricky to interpret with the red floor in the background. Is it brown? No black or bloody material?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
thats brown.. messy poop
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Good, glad to hear it isn't those more worrisome colors there.

Though with her being that loose, I do suspect she has an inflamed gastrointestinal tract which could also explain nausea induced appetite loss for her (even without vomiting). So, my main concerns for Princess would be a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or dietary indiscretion.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle her stomach. To start, we can try to counter any underlying nausea with an OTC pet safe antacid. [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac) ]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Afterwards, you can consider tempting with an easily digestible diet like boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Though if she refuses to be tempted, we can offer or syringe feed watered down canned puppy food, Hill's A/D, Royal Canin Recovery, or Clinicare Canine/Feline Liquid Diet. All of these are critical care diets that are calorically dense, so a little goes a long way nutrition-wise. And whichever you use, fiber (ie canned pumpkin) and OTC probiotics (ie Benebac, Fortiflora) can be added to these meals to firm those loose stools quicker and support digestion.

As well, since she is very runny, also try a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure for infectious issues; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards ***** ***** options, the one we most commonly use is Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)). This is available OTC at most pharmacies. Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (all OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea and those last ones have the added bonus of probiotics added in. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing her upset GI.

Finally, as dehydration is a risk here, we need to keep an eye on her hydration. To check that she isn't dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, do make sure she doesn’t have sunken eyes and that she doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already, then that would be our cue to have her seen before this becomes an additional issue for her (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Overall, Princess's signs do raise a few concerns here. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle her stomach and get some food into her. If she cannot keep that or water down at any point, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get her vet involved. They can assess her hydration, test a stool sample, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with appetite stimulants, fluids, injectable anti-nausea medication +/- antibiotics to get her back feeling like herself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
thank u so much Dr B
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

You are very welcome, my dear.

Glad to be of aid and best wishes for you both,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. B.