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i have an italian greyhound who has been sick for two days

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i have an italian greyhound who has been sick for two days he isnt drinking usually he drinks alot. he was sick yesterday & twice today not eating his food as usual just bits. so hes been sick after food tonight. I cant get him to a vet until monday when they are open. Can you please give me some advice regarding drinking and eating i would say been 48 hours now getting a little worried now
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 4 years ago.

Hello Charlotte, I'm Dr. Deb and I'll do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry that Gino isn't feeling well.

There could be any number of reasons why he's behaving as you describe ranging from dietary indiscretion to viral/bacterial infections to foreign bodies to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, etc.

I have a few suggestions which, hopefully, will help make him feel better until you can have him seen:

1. You can give him over the counter Pepcid AC although this may be difficult to find in the UK. The dose would be 0.25 mg/lb twice a day.
Other options include:
a) Omeprazole (Prilosec), 0.5 mg/lb once a day
b) Ranitidine (Zantac), 1 mg/lb twice a day

2. Withhold food and water for 8-12 hours. I know you're worried about dehydration but in an otherwise healthy two year old dog, he shouldn't become dehydrated that quickly. Besides, if he's that nauseous, he's just going to bring it back up.,

3. If he hasn't vomited, offer a very small amount of water or pedialyte (which is good because it can replace lost electrolytes). Low sodium chicken or beef broth can also be offered,

4. If he is keeping the water down, then in 12 hours, offer a small amount of boiled chicken (or hamburg) and 20-minute, white rice but only a small amount at one time.
Human baby food can also be offered but avoid those with onion or garlic in them.
Only allow him to eat a very small amount at one time.

5. I do worry about hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in these smaller dogs when they don't eat for several days so I might smear honey or pancake syrup on his gums every 3-4 hours.

If he won't drink on his own, you can use a turkey baster or syringe to dribble water into his mouth as long as he's not vomiting.

Hopefully, the above will stabilize him until you can have him seen. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 4 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Gino. How is he doing? Deb