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Dog is gagging, shivering and very clingy. Bella, 2.5 years, No

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She is gagging, shivering and...
She is gagging, shivering and very clingy.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bella, 2.5 years
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bella?
Customer: No
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 year 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 Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 year ago

Often gagging can indicate nausea, have you witnessed any vomiting?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 year ago

Does the gagging persists today?

Is she eating well?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
She was gagging this morning but I haven't seen any vomitus. She just lays on me staring off into space. Her nose is still wet and cold.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 year ago

I worry that the staring behavior might not just be due to nausea, where the gagging is often a solid indicator.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. It often helps to give something to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, avoid or address changes in the stool, etc. 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.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. 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.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more 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 the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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