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My yorkie is 11 years old. She lost her vision about 3

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My yorkie is 11...

My yorkie is 11 years old. She lost her vision about 3 months ago. Now she seems to have been loosing her app. what she does eat she throws up.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?

No.

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. The Expert will know what to do. What is the dog's name?

Tipper

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

Loss in energy,gets around real slow

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
Still sick and throwing up, not good
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear. Did Tipper have any bloodwork performed at the time that she lost her vision?

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?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No blood work has been done. Was no change in diet
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
She has dry heaves right now.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

I would strongly suggest that she be examined and treated. It's not uncommon for underlying conditions to cause blindness which might also be connected to vomiting and loss of appetite. One of the more common causes for this, in fact, is diabetes. If you need help finding someone who can examined and treat her, please let me know. I'll need your city and state.

If you must address her symptoms at home this weekend, 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 Tipper doing today?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
We are taking the dog to the doctor today
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Let me know if I can offer any additional assistance.

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