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This does sound concerning and an indication there is something medical going on with Digby. Does he have diarrhea to cause the increased urgency to go out, or is he urinating more? That might help me to know what possible underlying causes may be at play here. Unfortunately the signs of reduced interest in food and increased trips to urinate or defecate are not specific for any one particular problem and there is a long list of possibilities. Ideally, he does need to have a trip to see his vet next week. This would only be an emergency if he quits eating today, has profuse vomiting +/- diarrhea (especially if bloody) and seems quite depressed. Sounds like he has been holding his own, only having these subtle changes.
For the reduced appetite, two easy suggestions you can try at home which would address nausea is to
1) Feed a bland diet: Try white rice and boiled chicken breasts (chopped) in about 3 meals per day.
2) Give famotidine 10mg at 1 tablet every 12 hours for nausea (reduced appetite). You should be able to find this medication at any pharmacy over-the-counter. It has no bad side effects and does a great job to settle stomach acid and reduce nausea.
If he has diarrhea, then you could also add in bismuths sulfate suspension (also available at almost any people pharmacy): Give 1 to 3 mls by mouth every 8 hours for diarrhea. This medication must be given 1 hour after any other medication as it will coat the system and can potentially prevent absorption of other medications.
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