Dog

Get your dog care questions answered by Experts

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My dog seems really sleepy and low energy today. He also…

Customer Question
My dog seems really...

My dog seems really sleepy and low energy today. He also won't his food and he'll only drink water if I push it in front of him. He looks really sad but I can't understand why. Nothing has happened today and I haven't punished him for anything. My partner took him for a walk this morning and seemed fine but when I woke up to play ball with him after he would only trot after it. He's normally very high energy all the time. He's a 9 month old Texas heeler (Aussie shepherd/blue heeler) I've had him for 2.5 weeks so I don't know much about him.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your dog. What is the dog's name?

Nekoda

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Nekoda?

He's not fixed and we micro chipped him like a week ago if that matters

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Also he's been ripping up the House when we're gone for longer than an hour. Mostly plastic bags and his bed. Three days ago he ate a part of a electrical cord but we gave him some pure pumpkin and he passed the pieces of the cord that we knew were missing.
Answered in 15 minutes by:
2/17/2018
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 11,895
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified

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.

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

When you adopted him, did they provide any proof of veterinary examination?

Are you seeing any vomiting or diarrhea?

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No vomiting or diarrhea. No proof of veterinary care.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

I am concerned that the reason he's not eating or drinking on his own volition is due to nausea. Without any history of vaccines or veterinary care, there's a strong potential that an underlying condition may be present causing this such a tick borne illness, parvo, distemper, intestinal parasites, etc.

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 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). 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.

I hope this information has been helpful. I will be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further. Also, before signing off today, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me (bottom of the page if using the app). A 5-star rating is appreciated as top notch answers are my focus. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply so that I may help until you’ve received the assistance you need. Until you issue a rating, the website will not compensate me for helping you. You will still be able to chat with me even after issuing a rating at no further charge on this thread.

I will also check in with you over the next few days to be sure you don’t need any additional assistance. If you would like to request me in the future for pet-related questions, you can do so by accessing this page: http://www.justanswer.com/pet/expert-pitrottmommy/?rpt=3800

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

Checking in. How is Nekoda doing today?

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
Hi,

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

PitRottMommy
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog specialistLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask PitRottMommy Your Own Question
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 11,895
11,895 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue

PitRottMommy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets!

LinhCharleston, WV

$1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15

CarolCedar Hill, MO

I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all!

JudyNew Haven, CT

I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers.

NinaUSA

I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!!

Jasmine's MomUSA

Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there!

Sonya GEasley, SC

Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge!

Cathie MPompano Beach, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

3,044 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Joan

Joan

Vet Tech

5,505 satisfied customers

Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues

Candy

Candy

Veterinary Technician

7,973 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Small Animal Veterinarian.

5,193 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,909 satisfied customers

UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for Your Pet

4,705 satisfied customers

19+ years experience in small animal medicine

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Veterinarian

3,294 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Questions
My 14 year old dog was diagnosed with kidney disease (Stage
My 14 year old dog was diagnosed with kidney disease (Stage 2) and possibly Cushings about 3 months ago. I changed to low protein diet. Within the last 2 weeks he seems to be getting weaker. Within th… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
I have an older adopted that has recently been taken in. I
I have an older adopted that has recently been taken in. I also have 2 puppies in the house already. The older dog is a 12 year old rat terrier and is snapping at the 1 year old giant schnauzer which … read more
DakotaSouthFive
DakotaSouthFive
Independent Contractor
High School or GED
19 satisfied customers
She had a cactus in her lip and now is not eating or
She had a cactus in her lip and now is not eating or drinking. She's acting like her mouth is dry or throat is irritated. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
Klor Con potassium pill ingested by 7 pound mini poodle, 5
Klor Con potassium pill ingested by 7 pound mini poodle, 5 months old about 7 pound. 10MEQ pill … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
685 satisfied customers
I believe my dog has several hot spots and he just keeps
I believe my dog has several hot spots and he just keeps itching them, I shaved him so the hair wouldn't matte to the open wounds so they can heal, I gave him an oatmeal bath and sprayed anti itch hot… read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian
BA
2 satisfied customers
How are you tonight.my toy shitzu male three up three times
Hi how are you tonight.my toy shitzu male three up three times time tonight successively. Leading up to that he dank a lot of water and then I tried to give him little pieces of apple..No skin of cour… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
3 y/o otherwise healthy Great Pyrenees has had ongoing skin
3 y/o otherwise healthy Great Pyrenees has had ongoing skin issues. At first vet DX was foliculitis. Gave antibiotics, fish oil on first 2 visits and she had moderate relief. Then spring hit and we no… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
She is 12 years old and a poodle bishon mix just had her
She is 12 years old and a poodle bishon mix just had her teeth cleaned did not help the terrible odor she has . … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
15 year old BLIND chihuahua/Pekingese mix got into the trash
15 year old BLIND chihuahua/Pekingese mix got into the trash last week and got some chicken bones. Is having trouble pooping. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
Dtomack contraction,gagging,coughing,trachael
Dtomack contraction,gagging,coughing,trachael relapse,cop,swollen lymph nodes,present on steroids and antibiotics … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My brother fed my 17y.o poodle terrier pizza Saturday night.
My brother fed my 17y.o poodle terrier pizza Saturday night. She's been having frequent diarrhea and loss of appetite since Sunday morning. How many days would be of concern and would have to take her… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
We went camping this weekend, and he ate grass like he
We went camping this weekend, and he ate grass like he normally does near the stream. He vomited the grass the next day, which is normal, but he's been "coughing" on/off since and especially when he's… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
685 satisfied customers
My dog is being treated for pancreatitis and had stopped
My dog is being treated for pancreatitis and had stopped vomiting. His first night home he is vomiting again. He has no meds for this. Should I take him back to the vet for more iv fluids tomorrow? … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
What are the best types of dog food available to feed a
What are the best types of dog food available to feed a beagle puppy? And what age is the best to switch them from wet food to dry food. He is currently 3 1/2 months he had a parasite as a young pup b… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
My 25 pound dog just ate Beatles from a spectracide bag a
My 25 pound dog just ate Beatles from a spectracide bag a bug Japanese beetle trap I caught him in the act and I induced vomiting and it looked like he threw up his whole dinner which had been a coupl… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
685 satisfied customers
My puppy has been having loose stools for about a week. Coco
My puppy has been having loose stools for about a week. … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
185 satisfied customers
My husband passed away in January and our lab is missing him
My husband passed away in January and our lab is missing him as much as me ! She has started just moaning more in the last couple of weeks almost whimpering! Can this be because she misses him or some… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
685 satisfied customers
My dog has been taking short breaths with a forced exhale.
My dog has been taking short breaths with a forced exhale. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
11,895 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x