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My dog doesn't seem to have her usual appetite. Also, her poop is runny and she's been eating grass. Her tummy makes gurgling noises and her poop had some mucus on it. What's wrong with her?
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Hello,

It sounds like your dog has some colitis (inflammation of the colon). This leads to soft stool and the urge to go to the bathroom even though there is not much in there. They can also have some upper GI upset causing the decreased appetite and vomiting.

Here are a couple things you can do from home:
1. Pepcid (Famotidine)- give 0.25 mg per lb to help with upper GI upset. You can give it every 12-24 hours.
2. Canned Pumpkin (or canned sweet potato)- give 1 teaspoon every 6-8 hours to help add fiber to the GI tract and promote normal colon motility. It'll help firm up the stool.
3. Pedialyte/ Gatorade- offer either to help get some fluids and electrolytes into her.

If no improvement over the next 24-48 hours, then I'd get her seen and get x-rays to rule out a foreign body obstruction and bloodwork to rule out other causes.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Her diet consist of steamed fish (pollock fillet) and California Natural Sweet Potato & Herring kibbles. She would eat the fish but not touch the kibbles. She also eats her greenies and seem to be alert. She pooped twice today. She's taking Ursodiol once a day due to an elevated reading on her liver ( it has gone down now). Is Pepcid safe for her?
Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Yes, Pepcid is very safe on the liver and can be given with Ursodiol- there are no problems with drug reactions.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Sorry, can you approximate how much Pepcid to give her? She's about 60 lbs. Is Pepcid tablet or liquid?
Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Pepcid comes in 10 mg tabs- you can give 1 1/2 tabs every 12-24 hours.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thanks! Aloha :)
Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
You're very welcome... Hawaii? I'm jealous!
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