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Flakes all over skin. New puppy...very small...very

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White flakes all over...

White flakes all over skin

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?

New puppy...very small...very lethargic. White flakes all over. Dandruff, infection?

Veterinarian's Assistant: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the puppy. What is the dog's name?

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

Maltipoo 9 weeks but I think probably younger... won’t see vet till monday

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
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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.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

I am very sorry to see that you have not received a response to your initial question before now. I just came online and found that your question had not been addressed. How is your companion at this time?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
He vomited clear fluid this morning. Still lethargic but eating/drinking and pooping and peeing. Still has the flakey bumps on his skin. I’m concerned that he might have an infection?
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 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? Addition of medication?

How long have you owned him?

Can you share pictures of what you're seeing of the white flakes?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Original owners said they were feeding him “diamond” hard kibble..he would not eat that for me. I was giving him soft royal canin for puppy’s...he had the flakes when we first got him on Saturday. No human food, no medication. I could send pics later after I get back home from work.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

The changes in the food are likely to be what has caused the lethargy and vomiting. I will need to see pictures of what you're seeing for the bumps and flakes, can you attach those in your next response?

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. If you need help finding a location that can see your pet (even just to keep on hand), I can help. I’ll need you to provide your location as the website does not give us this.

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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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Checking in. How is your companion doing today, JACustomer? Did you have any additional questions on this topic?

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Please do not contact me again...my puppy died and your company continues to charge me! Adding insult to injury. I made an appt for him to see the vet, but they couldn’t get him in till Monday. He passed last night. We are heartbroken and horrified that we are still being charged by your site....
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