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My 14yr old chow cross has been sick 3x today and keeps

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Hi my 14yr old chow cross has been sick 3x today and keeps stretching his stomach and I was wondering if I could give him something to ease his discomfort
Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: Hi my 14yr old chow cross has been sick 3x today and keeps stretching his stomach and I was wondering if I could give him something to ease his discomfort
Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: His stomach is hard and he keeps stretching and not eating
Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Cody
Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Cody?
Customer: He has a soft diet with a little dry as he has no teeth

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help.

I assume by sick you mean vomiting?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
mostly fluid but also grass
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Not interested in food

The front legs and chest down, rear end up in the air position is called a prayer bow and is often an indication of abdominal pain in a dog when he is showing the other things that you are seeing (vomiting, lack of appetite). It is a stretching motion attempting to relieve pressure/pain in the abdomen.

Likewise some dogs like the taste of grass, but also many dogs with nausea or gastroesophageal acid reflux often eat grass or foreign material to make themselves vomit. They will often swallow repeatedly and lick things trying to soothe their nausea and acid burn. If they can rid themselves of whatever is irritating their stomach that way then all is good. But when they continue to be uncomfortable then we need to stop them from eating any more grass. It becomes a vicious cycle where more grass irritates their stomach, and stomach acid refluxes and burns their esophagus, and the worse they feel, so they try to eat more grass.

In severe cases this can be linked to pancreatitis which is a painful inflammation of the pancreas leading to increased enzyme leakage.

Possible causes of nausea, vomiting loss of appetite and abdominal pain include a sudden change in diet, dietary sensitivities or allergies, or eating things that they should not like too many fatty table scraps or garbage, bones etc.. Metabolic organ failures (kidney or liver disease), pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease or even infiltrative cancers are possible causes as well.

Has he eaten anything he should not have recently (toy pieces, bones, garbage)?

Any changes in food or treats?

You can give him an over the counter acid reducers to try and settle his stomach. Either:

1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 15 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

OR

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 30 to 80 pounds of body weight every 12-24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and could help settle his stomach. These can be used for several days if necessary as they are very safe.

I'd also pick up her food and water for now. A couple hours after one of the acid reducers you can offer small amounts of water or ice cubes to lick.

No food for 12 hours. Small amounts of water only.

After his food fast then start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white, skinless chicken) and 2/3 boiled white rice. Give small meals several times a day. Feed the bland diet for several days, then if he feels better start mixing in his regular diet and slowly convert him back.

If his nausea and abdominal pain continues then he may need injectable medication from his veterinarian to get his stomach upset under control.

So watch him for continued symptoms even with the acid reducers, blood in his stool or vomit or a fever (more than 103.5F rectally), a tense painful belly or lack of appetite after his food fast. If any of those occur it is time to seek hands on veterinary care.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Cody has no teeth and we don’t give treats and his diet hasn’t changed I did think it was acid reflux as he’s showing the same symptoms as me when I have it, thank you for your advice I will give him omeprazole and watch him I’m not sure if he’s opened his bowels since lunchtime could I give him califig to help him

If he's vomiting he won't have much ingesta to make any stools, so I'm not so concerned he hasn't passed stools.

I would hold off any laxatives for now, even a gentle natural one like Califig.

If you can get him to eat the bland diet in 12 hours you can add a tablespoon or two of canned or fresh cooked pumpkin (not pie filling with spice, just plain pumpkin). It is high in moisture and fiber and is safe to use.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you for your help and advice.

Glad ti help, my best to your fellow!