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myshepharley 05-12-2014 09:27 AM

15 yr old w/ the runs (non-gsd)
 
We have a 15 yr old spitz mix who has had the runs for about 4 days. I have been trying pepto and then did some rice but it doesn't seem to be working. He is having accidents in the house during the night and day. He has to go out every 20 minutes or so. He can not hear well or see well. I have a vet appt but wandering if anyone has any advice. My husband is not ready to let him go. I don't think its time. Think he just needs some diff medicine.

huntergreen 05-12-2014 09:53 AM

call your vet for the proper dose of imodium, with hold food and make sure there is plenty of water. hopefully this is just a GI bug. see the vet asap or get to an ER vet. here is hoping all works out for you.

myshepharley 05-12-2014 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 5507137)
call your vet for the proper dose of imodium, with hold food and make sure there is plenty of water. hopefully this is just a GI bug. see the vet asap or get to an ER vet. here is hoping all works out for you.

They had told me 1 1/2 tbs of pepto twice a day, no food for 24 hrs, then begin with rice or oatmeal mixed with some burger or chicken. I did that but didn't give any meat, just rice. He is drinking.

huntergreen 05-12-2014 10:43 AM

imodium works differently and i have used with success on my dogs., again you need to speak to your vet about dosage. sounds to me like the vet gave you standard advice, but you dog is not responding. if it were me, i would want him/her seen today, bring stool sample, or go to the ER vet. should have some blood work done at this point.

my boy diesel 05-12-2014 10:49 AM

immodium should not be used on dogs only by vet recommendation because it can stop the gi tract completely
i am quite surprised they told you pepto since it can cause bleeding

ask for diarsanyl it works wonders
or metronidazole

but get to the vet and stop trying at home

myshepharley 05-12-2014 10:56 AM

we have appt at 2:30 today. Hoping we can fix it with some meds. I am wandering if Harley (my gsd) can sense something is wrong. Everytime we come in or downstairs when there is a mess, he just has this look about him. He will quietly go lay down and almost look guilty, or maybe concerned????

my boy diesel 05-12-2014 10:58 AM

it is humiliating to older dogs who are housetrained to have accidents in the house
reassure him it is okay and you are not mad

myshepharley 05-12-2014 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by my boy diesel (Post 5507489)
it is humiliating to older dogs who are housetrained to have accidents in the house
reassure him it is okay and you are not mad

we do not show any signs of frustration. usually just clean it up and let him rest. i did shave his back end because he has had a broken tail since a pup so he can not keep it up real long and he has long hair and it was just getting too messy. i have been trying to clean him off when he comes in, and sometimes will just go to his corner where he spends his time and sit with him.

huntergreen 05-13-2014 12:37 PM

myshepharly,, any update??

huntergreen 05-13-2014 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by my boy diesel (Post 5507417)
immodium should not be used on dogs only by vet recommendation because it can stop the gi tract completely
i am quite surprised they told you pepto since it can cause bleeding

ask for diarsanyl it works wonders
or metronidazole

but get to the vet and stop trying at home

yes, it does stop the gi tract, it is not contraindicated in dogs. but should talk to a vet before giving, hence the talk to your vet about dosage.


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