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My dog keeps making an action as if she is trying to be

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My dog keeps making an action as if she is trying to be sick. Been ongoing since last night. Fine when she sleeps; and fine when playing.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
We have checked her through for obstruction; and nothing can be seen; still eating and drinking. But not usual appetite

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long have you been seeing these signs?

Are her gums (or inner eyelids) pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human medications/drugs, etc)?

Any coughing or breathing changes?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No coughing or breathing changes.I will check her gums and eye and come back to you.I will also press her stomach to see

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Salmon pink gums; not overly dark or pale. Doesn’t seem to be tender to touch. She seems to have settled since giving her a antihistamine

Good, glad to hear she hasn't those signs.

Though if she has responded to the antihistamine that may be because it is sedating her but it may also reflect a possible airway irritation as opposed to being sick.

So, do monitor her but I would suggest putting her on a liquid antacid (ie Milk of Magnesia - 0.5tsp ever 12-24 hours). That way we counter nausea but also coat her throat if it is irritated. As well, we can plan to put her on a soft/light diet like cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). 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 her slowly back to her normal diet.

Overall, her signs do raise a few concerns but if she is responding the the antihistamine this may be an upper airway/throat irritation. Therefore, we can try broad supportive care for Luna. Of course if this persists, then we'd want a check with her vet to have her stomach and airway assessed +/- have antibiotics started if they find an infectious process is to blame.

Kind regards,

Dr. B

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