|Barked: Tue Feb 13, '07 9:32am PST |
|Notice how I said "what I tell my Bullmastiff owners", not "what I tell small dog owners", because frankly I have no experience as a small dog owner, and have never had to look up a dosage for a small dog, since it doesn't much concern me. What I do know is that IS a safe dosage for a Bullmastiff, or a dog around their weight (110-140 pounds), and I feel totally comfortable sharing that dosage for that size of dog. Talk to any Dane owner. They'll tell you the same. I was never suggesting you can treat it at home. That's just ridiculous. My entire comment on this drug to my group was (we are having bloat as our main health discussion this week):
"If you even *think* your dog is bloating,give 10 gelcaps, which should roughly equal 1640mg simethicone. (This is a safe dosage.) Record and remember this dosage. Call your local emergency vet and let them know that you're coming and what you've given your dog as of then. Run your Bullmastiff to the emergency vet quickly, so they can monitor and treat him/her as soon as possible! When you're dog bloats, you are racing the clock."
I know bloat/GVD can't be treated at home. Zeus had an emergency gastropexy, and the situation as a whole was very serious, but reducing the gas is an easy way to buy yourself some time. It is a surgical emergency, and there's not a whole lot of time to waste, but this can give you a little extra time.
And thanks, Ming, by the way.
Edited by author Tue Feb 13, '07 9:48am PST