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Dog is breathing heavy and cant get comfortable. He did not eat dinner and is not interested in treats. He also seems to

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He is breathing heavy and cant get comfortable . He did not eat dinner and is not interested in treats. He also seems to have trouble pooping. My vet is not ope till 7 am . I'm worried
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: His back legs seem uncomfortable to him
Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Human food? Torn up toys? Stressful changes to the environment?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
There was a change in food
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
He is resting now but still breathing heavy.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

The change in food is likely why you're seeing heavy breathing, discomfort, avoidance of food items and difficulty defecating.

I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, 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.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0

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 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 symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. 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.

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