Dog digestive problem / upset stomach
My 8lb. Havanese was taken to the vet in 2009 for vomiting. They gave her Metrodozinale and Panacur, which seemed to make it go away. A month later, same thing. Again Metrodozinale, and it seemed to go away.
(She is 2 1/2 and generally very active, and she has been to a regular vet and more recently a holistic vet.)
I had noticed each time we went to the vet they would also give her famotidine in a small dose but didn't know what it was. After investigating I found out it was Pepcid AC. The Vet said we could give this to her and it would help her stomach digestion. This does seem to work.
If I give her a 1/4 of a 10mg tablet once every day or two there seems to be no problem. I don't know the long term affects or if this is just masking another problem.
She did test positive for Lyme disease in dogs in April 2011. Was treated for a week with Doxycyclene (made her sick and not eat) - 250 mg per day was prescribed.
Went to a holistic vet to treat the Lyme. He gave me Ledum in 1m potency. 3 pills a day for 3 days. Seemed to work.
I'm not sure if she actually had Lyme... her only symptoms was vomit (again) and lack of appetite.
I mentioned her other digestive problems to the holistic vet and he gave her Pulsatilla at first, this didn't seem to work. Then Phosphorus, this seemed to bind her up and she didn't have a bowel movement for days.
I guess my questions are:
- Can I safely give my dog Pepcid AC for long term use?
- Is there any other course of action for my dog?
I feel I'm annoying these vets and I feel silly when I go to their office. The Holistic vet is always much nicer but he says some dogs just throw up occasionally and have loose stools. I just feel that it is too often.
Thanks for your time,
P.S. My dog had a very bad reaction to the distemper shot in November 2010 given by the regular vet. I had to rush her back and they gave her benadryl and steroids to keep her breathing. I WILL NEVER get another vaccination for this dog!
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