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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog a westie 14yrs old has been diagnosed as having a stomach

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My dog a westie 14yrs old has been diagnosed as having a stomach aneurysm and may only live for about 3-4 months is there anything I can do to make him more comfortable,he has been prescribed Craprodyl F 20mg/day.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 years ago.
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Snowey. I would be reluctant to prescribe Carprodyl-F because the most common adverse effect of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs such as this one is gastrointestinal distress/ulceration. The Carprodyl-F might be well tolerated by Snowey, however. In any event, if you choose to continue its administration, I would initiate an over the counter antacid such as omeprazole (Prilosec) at 20mg daily or famotidine (Pepcid) at 0.2mg/kg twice daily. In fact, I believe an antacid should be administered regularly for such a patient irrespective of what other drugs may be chosen.

Narcotic pain relief should be considered to provide better visceral analgesia. This includes tramadol and buprenorphine - two of the more commonly prescribed opiates for pets. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thanks for your reply,Snowey died last night.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 years ago.
My condolences for your loss of Snowey.

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