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She will not eat anything -did not eat chicken this morning.

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She will not eat anything -did not eat chicken this morning. just tried to give her cheese or broth. No go. Not even water. Belly is not bloated. Ears are cool. Nose is cool and wet. I suspect kitty litter as I caught her eating some for. First time a. Couple of days ago. lab mix about one year old. Active today, but lethargic now.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the kitten. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Angel
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Angel?
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Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your girl Angel who has been off food and bloated today. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next few minutes.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Dog Veterinarian: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with Angel today to put her off food like this and cause this bloating, and we need to consider anything from an infectious gastroenteritis, to a toxicity (hopefully there isn't anything your girl could have gotten into), to intestinal worms or even a foreign body obstruction (the kitty litter is a concern here). Whatever the case here, you will definitely need to continue to keep a close eye on your girl, and if these symptoms continue, then you will need to get her seen by your local ER vet tonight. Likewise if she seems particularly bloated right now, then we also have to be worried about a possible GDV or simple bloat, in which case it would be safest to get her seen now.

For now, make sure Angel has plenty of fresh water available and encourage her to drink. The biggest concern right now is that she could become dehydrated. If she won't drink or can't keep water down, then you are best to get her seen by your local ER vet tonight where they can start her on some intravenous (IV) fluids. You can with hold her food until the morning now, and from then you can start her on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice. Don't worry about getting her to eat tonight, but definitely encourage her to drink now and over night. If she isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making her up a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed her this luke-warm broth.

Over the next few hours, please keep an eye on Angel's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows (do be careful that your girl doesn't try to bite you):

Mucus membranes - flip her lip and look at the color of her gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get her to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on her gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if she seems to be panting or breathing rapidly throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

If you think she's quite nauseous right now, you may also want to try her with a little pepcid. The typical dose for this type of situation is 0.25mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of Pepcid in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid

Best of luck with Angel and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if she can't keep water down, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get her seen tonight. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Dog Veterinarian: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Hopefully that message came through ok? Let me know if you have any further questions.

Dr E

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Hi,

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

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