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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.
So sorry to hear about your little one
Has there been any new stressors to him the past few weeks? Is he used to getting groomed or is this a new occurrence?
The cause can vary from stress enteritis (the groomer, new furniture, construction in the neighborhood) to something he could have potentially picked up at the park, groomer (although it sounds like the groomer was after the first round of illness?) as an example
You can try an over the counter antacid such as pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec (omeprazole) to help settle his stomach and I can give you the dose once I have an estimate of his weight
The not being able to get comfortable often is abdominal cramping, as long as he is not doing the "prayer" position which is laying down in the front and standing in the back hopefully the antacid will help settle his stomach
He has been groomed before, although he may have found it stressful. He was in kennel for 8 nights a week ago, but seemed full of beans on collection. His stomach is slightly distended and hard.
That is very common, doing great the first few days after boarding then suddenly developing some gi upset
I do see it quite frequently and likely a combination of the stress of boarding then grooming has caused his normal gi flora/ bacteria to be "off" predisposing him to gi upset that he is currently experiencing
How much does he weigh?
We call this a "stress enteritis"
So if you have a pharmacy (human) available or perhaps have at home you can use famotidine 10 mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours or omeprazole 20 mg 1/4 tablet daily
If he will allow you to take him on a walk that would also help reduce the abdominal cramping
I do worry about this progressing to blood in his stool if not addressed so glad he is to see your vet tomorrow
How do we get him to take the medicine? He is resistant to anything oral, e.g., a smear of maple syrup.
You can crush it in some water and administer it with a syringe or turkey baster
If he is refusing anything and it simply isn't possible I would stop pushing it
He might be nauseous and taking anything orally will cause further bouts of vomiting so your vet might have to give injectable medication to stop the cycle
CLICK HERE for information about stress enteritis which can result in a hemorrhagic enteritis as discussed in the article
Good advice. We'll get the ant-acid asap. We have a had
We have a hard ant-acid (Rennie) or gaviscon. Will either dissolve in water and be suitable?
Give me a moment to review the ingredients...
Unfortunately tums or rennie is not very effective in dogs and would not help in this situation
Gaviscon (aluminum hydroxide) is used in dogs but not in this situation for gi upset
Really the two I listed are the most effective in dogs
And the ones prescribed by us
Alka seltzer has no effect in this situation either
ok, we'll go hunting an out-of-hours chemist. Many thanks for good advice and reassurance.
You are very welcome
I truly hope he is feeling better soon!
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