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My dog got diarrhea last night. He seemed to be fine earlier

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Hi! My dog got diarrhea last night. He seemed to be fine earlier today but now he's shaking and panting. Any ideas?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: His name is***** about 5
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Scotty?
Customer: Yep! He had his kidney function checked about a month ago and everything was normal. I'm not aware of anything he may have gotten into that would have made him sick.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

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.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Human food? The opportunity to get into the trash? Torn up toys, etc?

Any vomiting?

Is he eating and drinking well?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No changes to diet in food or treats. I can't think of any human food that I've given him, and he isn't into digging in the trash. Maybe torn up toys?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
He ate dinner fine but hasn't pooped since about 4:30am and I haven't seen him drink any water
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

I wouldn't be concerned about the lack of feces since 4:30 this morning. When pets are having diarrhea, they will clear their bowels quickly from the diarrhea and, thus, produce feces less often. It's common for 3-5 days to be required for pets to produce regular bowel movements following a GI upset.

The shaking and panting may be due to nausea now that he's eaten dinner. It's not uncommon for nausea to accompany diarrhea. I would recommend that you 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. For pets avoiding taking medication readily, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one:

If you haven't already placed him on a bland diet like boiled rice and chicken, that may also help calm the symptoms of panting, shaking and the diarrhea. If the symptom persists, I would recommend a vet visit. They will likely want to run bloodwork and a fecal examination to see if there is a cause for the diarrhea, which might also explain the additional symptoms you've witnessed.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Checking in. How is Scotty?