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Long story, short - Sparky eats things he shouldn't. Then he eats grass to make himself sick.
We're going to have to start watching him closely when he's outside and see if we can break the cycle. (Most of the yard is under a foot of water anyhow... Thanks, Fay.) He's being really grumpy with Sadie, us, and the cats. So we know he doesn't feel well. A trip to the vet may be coming, but I think they will probably start by telling us to try giving him some Pepcid. I remember them telling me to give it to Sadie at some point before we got Spark, but I don't remember the dosage.

Can anyone tell me how much and how often I can give Pepcid AC to a 25-30 lb. Beagle?

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Duke has had his share of Pepcid due to eating what he shouldn't, too. Hope Sparky gets to feeling better soon!
 

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He seems to be in a better mood today. I gave him some Pepsid last night, and again today. He didn't run right out and eat grass when I got home this afternoon, like he tends to do. I guess thats a good sign.
He goes in for his shots and stuff on Friday. So I'm going to tell them about everything. I'm convinced that on top of, or because of what he eats, he suffers from reflux. With the vet's ok, an ocasional Pepsid my be the trick.
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Maggie has reflux problems, and I use a generic form of Pepcid; I give her one pill (not sure of dosage) and within 30 minutes, she's better.
When her reflux is BAD, she licks the floor obsessively, like she thinks eating will make her feel better. I hide a pill in a small treat, then I gently pick her up and we sit on the couch with her in an upright position (I hold her like a baby over my shoulder, or over the end of the couch) until the relux attack is better. Being in an upright position helps the stomach acids stay down. I know when the pill is working, because her licking action stops, and she quits shaking. She shakes and panics when it's bad, so soothing her with gentle talk and rubbing helps the muscles relax also. Now she comes running to me when she's having a bad attack (instead of hiding under the desk) because she knows the routine will help her feel better.

Does Sparky have a similiar reaction to reflux? If so, I hope the Pepcid works.
 

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I've never noticed him licking the floor, but he does mouth his paws allot. I thought it was because the long hair between his pads bothered him, but maybe...
A couple other things... We use a harness on him because one day, pulling at his collar made his throat bleed. He also does the reverse sneeze thing. Both these things, I attributed to an old injury, (He's a rescue.) but it could be from reflux.
We'll see what the vet says on Friday.
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Hmmm, Kip did the floor licking thing, I would take her out side and she'd eat every thing green she could get her mouth on. Then throw up. Then be all better. She also would burp up bile. I always attributed the burping to the IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) but, never really thought of it as acid reflux. I also didn't know you could give dogs the Pepcid AC. I take it. Duh.

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My Maggie gets one 10 mg. Pepcid tablet a day as part of her current drug regimen. I buy the generic -- the 60 tablet bottle seems to be the cheapest around. Just make certain that it is the Pepcid Original, not the Complete and definitely discuss dosing and use with your vet. Also, like human meds, there are combinations that are not good -- for example, Maggie takes another med that must be given 2 hours before or 3 hours after any acid reducer.
 

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Thanks, Judy.
Spark isn't on any other meds on a daily basis. Just an occasional Benadryl (CVS generic.) for allergies. Good thought, though, not to mix even them.
The little bugger sure gets grumpy when he doesn't feel good. Hopefully we’re on to something. We’ll know more on Friday.
 
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