IS IT OKAY TO GIVE MY DOG A TUMS FOR AN UPSET STOMACH I…

June 21, 2011

Question:

Is it okay to give my dog a “Tums” for an upset stomach? I hear lots of gurggling and she’s eating lots more grass than usual. Has been going on for about 4 hours, no vomiting yet but acts like that what she wants to do. I think she ate something that upset her stomach. She’s a 70# XXXXX year old female doberman…

Answer:


ER Vet :

Hello, I’m Dr. XXXXX XXXXX and I’d like to help! Tums are ok for dogs but with this level of persistent distress, I would take her to the veterinary ER. Doberman’s are a breed that is prone to gastric torsion (bloat) and if she has that and you wait for her to be seen, she would die or be in much worse condition. She may not have that, but she is showing some of the symptoms we see with GDV

ER Vet :

This is an article about gastric torsion

ER Vet :

Is she salivating excessively or dolling at all?

ER Vet :

drooling

She’s salivating a bit more than usual but not drooling, many trips outside to eat grass, not normally seen after bed time, he tummy is gurggling and she is relestless. She has some greasy chicken skin at dinner time, not usuallly given but tonight it was given as a “treat” after our dinner, not a lot but she’s been uncomfortable since…..haven’t seem any vomiting yet..

ER Vet :

When dogs eat food that inflames their pancreas or stomach, they often vomit. Some dogs try to vomit with GDV but its usually jsut white foam or saliva that comes up.

ER Vet :

Is she ale or intereste din drinking water?

ER Vet :

able or interested

Not overly interested right now, I just took her to the water bowl and she was not interested, but she could have been drinking water earlier, I just got up with her about 1/2 hour ago, until then she was up and down by herself, I woke up when she went out each time but figured she’d barf and then get over it, she’s been in and out about 5-6 times since bedtime 3 hours ago, unusual habit….

ER Vet :

I really don’t think you should risk waiting. In my emergency job, we see 1-2 dogs per wek with this condition and they usually occur in the middle of the night with narrow, deep chested dogs.

Ok, I’ll call my vet immediately! Thanks for the advise and information, my vet is very responsive just didn’t want to wake him up in the middle of the night for no good reason, but I will on your advise. Thanks!

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