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Dogs stomach is hard, and she is shaking and panting. Rory,

Customer Question

dogs stomach is hard, and she is shaking and panting
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: rory, 6 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Rory?
Customer: 6lb yorkie
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy 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?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i switched to a new brand a few days ago, and last night she had a little cheese and a bit of pizza crust. I have been gone all day at work, and just came home to her like this - so I'm not sure if she got into something while I was out, but looking around the apartment i didnt see any clues.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No vomiting, and I have been trying to get her to go potty outside but she refuses, and keeps hiding under our couches and beds :(
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

An ER vet visit would be wise if she feels unwell. Few foods, cheese and especially human foods like pizza crust can certainly cause a substantial GI upset and might explain why her stomach is hard. The shaking and panting are likely due to nausea.

If you'd like to try something from 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 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). 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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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Checking in. How is Rory today?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.
Hi,

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

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