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She seems to contracted a virus maybe. for the last 2 days…

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She seems to contracted a virus maybe. for the last 2 days she has had vomiting and diarrhea. she ate last night but within hours she was vomiting and had runny diarrhea ever since. she is drinking water but doesn't seem to want any food at all today. I gave her a teaspoon of anti-diarrhea formula I bought at the pet store but she threw it up within minutes. can I give her immodium for people maybe??

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?

Jada

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

No...normally she has a firm stool and never vomits.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

I am sorry to learn Jada is not feeling well. I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How old is Jada?

2- Any blood in the stool?

3- Is she lethargic?

4- How much does she weigh?

5- Breed?

6- Any pre existing medical conditions?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Jada is 11 years old...there is no blood in her stool, just runny and light tan....she seems to feel fine.....she weighs 10 pounds and is a Shi Tzu and has no pre existing conditions.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Friend, diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by many different medical conditions. I will not be able to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are dietary indiscretion, infections, ingestion of a foreign body, or even part of a systemic disease, etc. to name a few causes.

As far as giving her anti-diarrhea medication, I would not give her Imodium. You see, if this is related to an infection or ingestion of a foreign body you can make things worse by stopping the diarrhea with medication.

In this case, I would recommend a hands-on examination with your family veterinarian and blood work as an initial screening test to determine the exact underlying cause. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 6-8 hours. Need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 6-8 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer a small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep her on this diet for several days then wean her into her regular diet.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination. If cost is a concerned I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
Hi,

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

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