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My 8 month old poochon has lost his appetite over the past

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My 8 month old poochon has lost his appetite over the past week and today he wont eat anything he has been out in the garden today and had a little dieorrea this is not like him as he usually loves his food and I am getting a little worried
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Has he had any vomiting, retching, gagging, drooling, grass eating, or lip licking?
Has he been drinking? Can he keep water down?
Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?
If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or
tensing?
Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, rocks, plants, chemicals, etc)?
What did the diarrhea look like?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes he has just been eating grass and has been sick he does not seem to be drinking much his gums look pink white but he does not look as if he has any discomfort on pressing his tummy the diarrhea was like a green water he is always eatingthing if you don't watch him
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He could well have eatensomething in the garden
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you,

First, if Alfie could have eaten something he should not, then we do need to tread with care. As I am sure you can appreciate toxic ingestions (especially if you have any harmful plants in the yard) or them eating items that could cause a blockage are a real concern and can often require urgent care to address.

Otherwise, I would note that based on his history, his lack of appetite is likely due to nausea and GI upset. This is commonly seen in nauseous animals, even when they are not profusely vomiting. And in regards to cases, further to odd ingestions, we would also have to be wary of bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, and general dietary indiscretions,


With this all in mind, as long as he can keep water down, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle his stomach. To start, if he hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest his stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating him with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be:
*Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid)
*Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac)
* Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)
Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Just to note, if you try one of these and he cannot keep it down, then that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.


Once that has had time to absorb and he is steadier on his stomach, you can consider starting him on a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning him slowly back to his normal diet.


Since dehydration is a risk here, we need to keep an eye on his hydration. To check this and ensure he’s not becoming dehydrated, there are a few things you can test. Further to checking for gum moisture, you will want to make sure his eyes are not looking sunken and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). If you are seeing any signs of dehydration already, then that would be our cue to have him seen before this becomes an additional issue for him (especially as it is often dehydration that makes them feel unwell).

Finally, as long as there is no blood in those watery stools, you can consider trying a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure for infectious issues; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards to safe options, the one we most commonly use is Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)). This is available OTC at most pharmacies. Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (which is available OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea and those last ones have the added bonus of providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing his upset GI.

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the GI upset we are seeing with Alfie. Therefore, in his case, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach. If he cannot keep that or water down at any point (especially since he is young), appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach, and get him back feeling like himself.

I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
All the best,
Dr. B.
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