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Gastrointestinal Side Effects of Behavioral Medications
Standard Recommendations

Seek Medical Attention
for any of the following symptoms

  1. Blood in vomit or stool
  2. The pet is wobbly or has the inability to stand
  3. The pet is lethargic or reluctant to come when called
  4. Progression of any symptoms

General Dietary Suggestions
for pets acting normal otherwise

  1. Discontinue any behavior prescribed medication until symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea resolve.
  2. Fast the pet for 12 hours. Allow water free choice if diarrhea. If vomiting within 5 minutes of drinking, offer a bowl of ice cubes to slow the water intake.
  3. If the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, blood appears in the vomit or stool, or symptoms worsen SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
  4. If the pet is apparently healthy otherwise, begin small meals of a bland diet after the fast. The bland diet should consist of rice or potato (carbohydrate) and cottage cheese, or boiled hamburger (protein) in equal portions. Feed 1 Tbsp per 10 lbs.
  5. Continue small meals 2-4 times per day until no vomiting or if diarrhea is the concern, until the pet has had a normal stool.
  6. After 3 days total, if the pet seems normal, but GI symptoms have not resolved contact your DVM or offer 1 50:50 transition meal of a high fiber diet such as canned W/D Prescription Diet (or equivalent) mixed with the bland diet.
  7. Then feed W/D (½ can per 20 lbs) 2-3 times per day for 3 days or until stools return to normal.
  8. Once symptoms have subsided (no vomiting and normal stool) for 48 hours then resume medication as if starting from the beginning. Commonly, this means to begin at ½ of the standard behavior drug dose for 1 week and then increase to the full dose.
  9. If the symptoms return, contact the veterinarian, or veterinary behaviorist overseeing the case.
  10. Record the episode in the pet's Ethogram history, if it is concluded that the GI symptom was due to use of a behavioral drug.
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