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My ***** ***** female keeps drinking and wont keep her food

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My ***** ***** female keeps drinking and wont keep her food down. this has been happening for a few days now. please advise
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 12 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today. I'm sorry for this concern for Jessie. If she were a younger dog, then I might not be quite as worried about her; however, older dogs don't have quite the reserves of their younger counterparts regardless of the underlying cause for her symptoms.As to possible explanations for her behavior, there are quite a few possibilities such as dietary indiscretion, foreign body, viral or bacterial infections or systemic disease (such as issues with her kidneys, liver, pancreas). I don't typically suggest blood work in my vomiting patients nor x-rays unless the physical exam reveals abnormalities or there are other symptoms such as weight loss or lethargy. But, regardless, I do have a few suggestions which may help: 1. Withhold food for 12 hours or so; just give everything a chance to settle down. Then offer her a very small amount of boiled, skinless boneless chicken breast and 20-minute white rice but only a very small amount.2. Over the counter Omeprazole can be given at a dose of 1/2 mg per pound of body weight once a day which may help settle her stomach OrRanitidine can also be given at a dose of 1 mg per pound of body weight twice a day.3. Withhold water for a few hours as well. Then, if she hasn't vomited, offer her a very small amount of Pediatlyte which can help to replace electrolytes lost when she vomits. But, again, only let her drink a small amount at one time; to do otherwise, may trigger more vomiting. If she continues to vomit and/or is very lethargic and/or refuses to eat, then a vet visit may be prudent. These older patients can become dehydrated fairly quickly (regardless of what's going on) which can contribute to the patient's worsening condition. I hope this helps and that Jessie is feeling better soon. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 12 months ago.
Hello again,I'm just following up on Jessie. How is she doing today? Deb

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