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Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
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My dog had diahhera due to separation anxiety. I read online

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My dog had diahhera due to separation anxiety. I read online that it was ok to give her Peptobismal liquid. She is a 16 lb ShitZu (6 yrs old). I gave her an adult dosage NOT THINKING. It has been at least 6 hrs since I gave it to her and she is having a hard time walking without wobbling. Will this wear off?? I gave her some water and a piece of cheese to get something in her belly and keep her hydrated. This dog is very special to me and I want to make sure she's ok, but can't afford to take her to the hospital if it's not a life or death situation..Please advise..
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Hello! My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.
Has she been drinking normally?
Is she willing to eat or do you have to tempt her?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes she is eating fine and she just drank half of a small bowl of water. She wags her tail and is alert when talked to, she just is having a hard time getting off her pillow and walking. I just fed her a hamburger bun to try and absorb the medicine..?? Her heart rate appears to be normal. Please advise..
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
So my biggest concern is the fact that Pepto is in the same family as aspirin, which can be damaging to a dog if given in too large of a dose. We generally will see things like ulcers or bleeding if a dog gets too much.
The treatment is generally supportive and symtompatic...meaning, if the dog doesn't have any symptoms, they don't generally do any treatment. If there are symptoms, then the treatment is IV fluids, acid reducers and GI upset.
At this point, since she seems relatively stable, I think it's fine to continue to monitor her. If she start vomiting, having diarrhea, or has any other new symptoms, then you should absolutely, positively have her seen by an emergency vet in your area.
HOWEVER, as long as she remains stable tonight, you could wait until your own vet opens in the morning and have them take a peek at her. Even if she seems perfectly fine in the morning, you should still call your vet...just to be on the safe side.
I hope this helps.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The only symptom at this point (and it's already been 7 hrs) is the inability to stand for long and being wobbly when she does. In your professional experience what does this sound like may be going on since none of the other symptoms are present?
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Generally wobbliness isn't a side effect of it...but that doesn't mean it can't happen.
I'm not too worried...since she does have anxiety and had some diarrhea, it's possible that she's really just tired. The fact that she's happy to eat is a good sign.
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

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