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 on: October 07, 2021, 09:25:28 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
I am seeing them tomorrow with Elsie so will have a chat about this. She does have poor appetite and diarrhoea. She is eating very little. :-(

 on: October 05, 2021, 11:39:49 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Catherine
I do not have experience of gastroprotectants other than the Omeprazole and Zitac. I would have thought your vet would have or would be able to get Zitac (Cimetidine). When the Omeprazole was causing my dog problems my vet gave me Zitac and it was almost instant ceasing of the stomach problems!

I am not sure I would want the Ranitidine if it has been withdrawn.

 on: October 04, 2021, 10:18:52 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Thanks for your advice so far.
I would like to ask which gastroprotectants seem best tolerated by dogs. I am pretty sure that the omeprazole is causing Elsie nausea and stomach pain. I would like to ask the vet to change it. The vet did mention ranitidine but I see that it has been withdrawn from sale but still available as a pet med. Does the pet med still contains the carcinogen?

 on: October 03, 2021, 03:34:47 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Yes, I am having to push it whole down the back of her throat..quickly.
I will ask the vet about Zitac.

 on: October 03, 2021, 03:32:42 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Catherine
I have just remembered something about the Omeprazole I was given for my dog. The tablets had to be given whole so that the dog could swallow it before the contents opened up. Well, it was quite a large tablet and probably tasted bitter and it was very difficult to get my dog to swallow it without chewing it. She regurgitated her food whilst on the Omeprazole so after a few days I changed to Zitac and things improved immediately. Also you do not have to give the Zitac apart from food AND you can cut them or crush them.

This was a lot easier and I would sprinkle it in her food. Of course you will need to make sure she eats her food. She was on the Zitac quite a while but we never had any problems and it was one less thing to have to remember giving at certain times.

 on: October 03, 2021, 01:34:43 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
I have reread your previous post and I do wonder if the omeprazole is making Elsie nauseous.
She ate a little chicken for breakfast at 7.15am with her steroid and then I gave her the omeprazole at 10am. She looked for a little to eat at 12 ish and picked a bit of chicken. One hour later she had loose stools and I noticed some undigested chicken. She has had firm stools to this point.

 on: October 03, 2021, 11:25:48 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Catherine
Unless there is something in the cat biscuit that she really should not be eating I would still give her some. Perhaps you can mix a little in with Elsie's usual food and she may eat it altogether. Or even mix little bits of chicken in with her normal food. What is her normal diet? If it is dried food then maybe soaking it in a little hot water may make it more enticing.

 on: October 03, 2021, 08:12:17 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Thank you. I will time the omeprazole as you suggest. I am not going to give the mirtazipine as I think I need to figure out her diet and what she would prefer for the moment. She has eaten some chicken today which is encouraging. She seems to give everything a real good sniff before she takes it. She would eat cat biscuit and I have given her a little. Thanks again.
She is is booked in at day 10 for CRP. I will keep a diary.

 on: October 03, 2021, 08:02:52 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Thanks so much Elaine.
She has eaten some chicken. I will try your suggestions. She will eat cat food biscuit but I am not sure this is good for her. I have switched the heating on and I popped a jumper on her yesterday. She seemed to be sleepy in the morning but perks up a bit in the afternoon.

 on: October 02, 2021, 06:47:58 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Elaineb1624
Hi Erica , We had similar issues when our whippet was diagnosed at 18 months old. We found cooked lamb got her started , tripe ( really smelly type) green tripe also tempted her and helped put weight on . It took a while before the steroids took over for her and eventually she was counter surfing and  stealing food. Cooked chicken too.( freshly roasted ) One thing was for sure …. She wasn’t going to eating dog food initially!!
Good Luck . Put a coat on the whippet maybe a help so the body doesn’t use fat to keep warm.

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