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Dog is 11 and has been diagnosed with cushing desease a year ago....Friday he was at the vet because he was not eating

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He is 11 and...

He is 11 and has been diagnosed with cushing desease a year ago....Friday he was at the vet because he was not eating and shaking. they gave him antibiotics for a uti but now he is vomiting and breathing shallow.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?

Not to my knowledge.....just a little bacon yesterday

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. The Expert will know what to do. What is the dog's name?

Bailee

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bailee?

Because of his Cushings, his liver enzymes are very high but he is on Veteryl, 15 mg

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

Bacon may certainly be to blame here. Bacon is one of the top culprits for severe GI upset, pancreatitis, etc. I would urge you to avoid feeding this in the future. My recommendation given the symptoms and history of elevated liver enzymes, Cushing's, etc, is an examination overnight at your local ER and treatment accordingly. It's often very difficult for us to treat even the most basic GI upset at home with medication when organ dysfunction is present.

If you choose to try something at home, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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