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Hi , my dog doesn’t want to eat but if I pick him up to the bowl he will drink water. He only poops once a day and it’s diarhea, he was throwing up yesterday white foam and hasn’t thrown up today but just wants to sleep , looks very weak , and his mouth is cold

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?

He didn’t have his shots, he’s a 7 month old but yesterday I went and got him the 5 and 1 shot

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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

How long have you owned him?

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment? Addition of medication?

Any veterinary visits thus far for diagnostics?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
He’s 7 months, we have his mom and dad so we’ve had him since he was born . We were Living in an apt until last month , we moved to a house and now he’s outside
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I always have bought different kinds of food and treats , I have gave him human food yes when we have left overs before
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

The changes in his food, human food and the change of environment could all be contributing to him feeling unwell. If he's not had any shots aside from a single DHLPP he's likely not developed sustained immunity, either. We must worry about conditions like parvo, distemper, intestinal parasites and such in those individuals without a strong veterinary care background.

I do think it would be wise to have him examined and treated today since you say he's weak and his mouth is cold, along with vomiting. Failing this, 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. If you need help finding a location that can see your pet (even just to keep on hand), I can help. I’ll need you to provide your location as the website does not give us this.

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.

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion today? Have you witnessed a complete resolution of symptoms? Do you have any additional questions you need addressed today?

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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?

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