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How much pepcid should an 87-lb grey receive? Today we went to see the specialist for Dusty's limping. Of course Dusty wasn't interested in walking - he just wanted to keep his head in a plant in the corner. If he didn't see the vet, maybe the vet wouldn't see him :blink:

 

After some manipulation, the vet feels that Dusty has a problem with his neck which caused the initial front-end limping. He is also tender in the lumbar sacral (?) area which is probably causing his back legs to "walk funny" now. He will be on prednisone for two weeks and then reevaluated. If no better then, an MRI and then some "icky" stuff. Hopefully we never get to that. A GTer suggested I give him pepcid with the pred. He does tend to :puke from some meds.

 

(The back end problem may have come from him limping from the neck problem.) Poor baby :unsure

 

A prayer for my carpeting couldn't hurt either if the pred makes him pee a lot more. :lol

 

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87lbs? Well, my boy takes Pepcid every day 'cause of his steriod medication and the Dr told me that he should get 17mgs once a day (he weighed 70lbs at the time). Now because that's a tough dosage to give she said to give him one 20mg tablet (that's the extra strength size) once a day. So, I would think that you give give the same dosage. Regular strength is 10mgs and extra is 20mgs. I buy mine at one of the wholesale clubs-generic brand---very inexpensive. :colgate

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For B, @ 75 lbs., I gave 10mg once or twice a day, @ 30-40 minutes before meal or meds. Are you giving meds just once a day? If so, I'd probably start with 10mg and see how he does; go on to 15-20mg if the 10 isn't enough.

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The 'dog dose' of Pepcid (famotidine) is 0.5-1 mg per kilo for use with steroids, either once or twice a day as per the Merck Manual. At 87 lbs. then Dusty's at 39.5 kilos, so a 20 mg. extra strength would be the right size.

 

When we used Pepcid for Idol's IBD, I'd give one regular 10 mg. tablet twice a day with each meal (Idol's about 31 kilos). If the pred starts off with twice a day, you might want start with twice a day too. Pred should always be given with food, as well.

 

Also, if there is a lot of water drinking/peeing, that's a dose dependent thing. When the dose comes down, the drinking/peeing will become less too. If it's really problematic, you can call the vet. They may clear you to taper down the dose sooner.

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If Pepcid 10 mg. twice daily doesn't help, you can safely give 20 mg. twice daily. Kelsey weighs only 60 lbs on a good day and has been taking this dosage for years for symptoms of colitis. If we cut back the symptoms return.

 

Good luck!

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If Pepcid 10 mg. twice daily doesn't help, you can safely give 20 mg. twice daily. Kelsey weighs only 60 lbs on a good day and has been taking this dosage for years for symptoms of colitis. If we cut back the symptoms return.

 

Good luck!

 

 

I can tell this was posted a while ago, but I am having trouble with my two girls. They just came home (9 days ago) from a kennel stay and Cleo hasn't really had a good poop since. Isis is not great either. We've had colitis issues in the past with Isis, but i think the kennel stress is the issue now. Tonight, I just gave canned Hills I/D and a Pepcid with each dinner. But afterwards, I started thinking if somehting like Pepto or Immodium might have been a better idea. Saw this post and tho't I'd check does the Pepcid daily work?

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Pepcid is more for upset tummies (vomiting, not wanting to eat).

 

For diarrhea, I prefer Pepto Bismol -- the NONchewable caplets. (If you get the chewable, crush them up or they'll just go on thru the dog.) Child's dose of Pepto twice a day, withhold food for the first 24 hours, keep up the Pepto for 4-5 days even if all is well. If all is not well after @ 72 hours, off to the vet.

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Thanks!! Off to the drugstore....

 

Pepcid is more for upset tummies (vomiting, not wanting to eat).

 

For diarrhea, I prefer Pepto Bismol -- the NONchewable caplets. (If you get the chewable, crush them up or they'll just go on thru the dog.) Child's dose of Pepto twice a day, withhold food for the first 24 hours, keep up the Pepto for 4-5 days even if all is well. If all is not well after @ 72 hours, off to the vet.

 

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We also added canned pumpkin to Kelsey's diet (about 1 heaping tablespoon twice daily) and it's really helped to firm up her loose stools. She'll be 13 in November and is doing great with the Pepcid and the canned pumpkin.

 

Good luck!

Chris, with Bixby (aka Clive Bixby, fka Taplin's Bull) and the feline buggle brothers, Oliver and Salem.

Kelsey (Watch the Kick), forever in my heart.

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