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Her tummy is tight and she yelps when picked up. Her stool that she has passed is runny, thick brown. She is panting and not acting herself and I'm really concerned

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 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 2 months ago
Okay I guess. She is still not acting herself. Thus did not start until I put flea meds on her by hartz. I am aware if it's a blockage she would be vomiting. None of that has occurred. She is just weak and yelps when you pick her up and then in the next breath she's back to her playful self. Been like this for 2 days now.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 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 in the last few days (even if your pet regularly receives it)? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment? Addition of medication? Toxin ingestion?

Is she eating and drinking well?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
No nothing that I'm aware of other than flea meds
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago

Is she eating and drinking well?​

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
She's eating & drinking okay not great. One minute she seems better then in the next she is panting and then will yelp when picked up. She seems weak. If she's not better by Monday I will be taking her to the vet
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Still no bowel movements but has urinated couple of times. Bought soft dog food and she ate a little. I keep ice chips near by. She seems to like them. So I know she's staying hydrated.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago

A tight abdomen and yelping certainly indicate discomfort. Diarrhea suggests that this may be a digestive upset but the symptoms can also indicate back pain. Since she is having runny stool I would urge you to move her to a bland diet for a few days and see if this helps. You can also use Pepcid to help settle her stomach, which may increase her willingness to eat and drinking and may help with the discomfort in her abdomen, as well.

You can give regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours if no other medications are being given that we haven’t discussed. This should help with GI symptoms. You can find the dosing information available here: https://www.petcarerx.com/medication-guides/famotidine-for-pet-stomach-ulcers/1116 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to use 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). Be sure to give a few teaspoons of water following any dry pilling to help flush the pill down to the stomach. [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, please discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours after you have given a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a small amount of 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). Avoid skin and bone. Use no salt, butter, oils, spices or other enticing additives. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the meat 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 using or adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. You want to 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 a 10 day period. 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.

If she worsens before Monday I do think that she should be seen by a vet. Watch for nausea, vomiting, producing blood in vomit or her stool, lethargy, seizures, etc.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago

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