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Great Dane adult male suddenly is very picky about food. He will eat a little bit but he's not the "chow hound he was 2 days ago. Hasn't peed either. somewhat listless, eyes somewhat blood shot, nose is wet and cool. we're very worried

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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When did he last pass urine? Any straining to go?

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

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

Any change in his drinking?

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

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

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
He urineted last night at 3 am, it was a slow pee but at least he went. It took about a minute and 20 seconds
I haven't felt his belly on normal day so I'm not sure. When I pressed he didn't whine or anything.
He vomited 2 days ago
His drinking significantly slowed down, he would drink 2 bowls of water every 12 hours, now I had to reason his drinking with a treat,
His gums look normal like any other day, he yawns a lot so I know what they look like,
There is a possibility he got sick from some beef, uncooked beef, or a small amount of rat poisoning. I get wings every 2 weeks and I give him the bones, but I haven't had a problem for 1 year now. We are in the process of moving from TX to WI so could he just be stressed? He looks up to my son with complete love. Wherever mikey goes, Rambo will go. No questions!
Thank you, Glenn
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

I am very glad to hear that he did pass urine as not being able to do so for days is quite worrying (it can raise concerns of blockages, which are emergencies for our male dogs). Anyway, that aside, given his sudden fussiness with food this suggests that there is an underlying nausea present even if he hasn't vomited for 2 days. Often nauseous dogs will go off food or become very selective in what they dare eat (or drink) to avoid vomiting further.

With regards ***** ***** for these signs, bacteria in raw meat (or any other bacterial or viral gastroenteritis which could rear their heads if he is stressed as that will dampen the immune system) could cause what we are seeing but even an unlucky bone shard, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or dietary indiscretion could. Rat bait is very dangerous for dogs but usually it causes neurological signs or bleeding if eaten. So, always something to avoid but not likely to cause what we have here.

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his stomach. To start, we can try to tackle any 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),Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though if he cannot keep it down due to nausea, that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Afterwards, you can consider trying an easily digestible diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, 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. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to your normal diet.

Overall, his signs do raise some concerns but I suspect we do have a nausea affecting his usual appetite. Therefore, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach. If he appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach, and get him back feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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