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My 15 yr old lab that normally eats anything has not eaten…

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My 15 yr old...

My 15 yr old lab that normally eats anything has not eaten for 4 days,also being sick,and not holding water down.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Marley

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

He has not passed stools for days and he is not passing urine either,his gums are pale.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

Has any recent bloodwork been run?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Nothing has changed. No toys or rubbish has been consumed. I have been on holiday but he was apparently fine during this.I've not been able to get an appointment at the vets yet
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago

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. At very least, these directions should help you until he can be seen at which point I'd recommend bloodwork since he's 14 years of age and has been avoiding food/vomiting for 4 days now.

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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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago

Checking in. How is Marley?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Bloods and scan came back OK. Vet given course of antibiotics just in case. He is being spoon fed food and water. Nausea is dying down... Still lethargic and refusing most food. Vet just put it down to old age. Said we could give him paracetamol for pain as his back legs are on the way out.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

I'm glad to hear that your vet has a plan for Marley in the time to come. Is he back to eating and drinking well with no vomiting?

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