I think it's important to resist such temptation - most of the time.
I have two reasons to believe that. Firstly, a symptom is typically a manifestation of the dog's body trying to deal with whatever the problem is. According to many holistic vets, if you interfere with the process, you're really interfering with the body's attempt to restore order.
Secondly, by suppressing the symptom you might never get to actually figuring out what is causing it. And the cause is where the cure lies. It's important not to only notice what is happening by asking why is it happening.
However, sometimes the symptom can be so violent that it in itself becomes dangerous.
And that's when it needs to be curbed. Particularly when you already do know what is causing it. But even if you don't, you need to make sure that it's not the symptom that might kill your dog.
It's important to make such decisions carefully.
"My dog has had a diarrhea for a week, can I give them Immodium?"I've seen people ask such questions quite often. And I normally say I would not do that. PARTICULARLY if the diarrhea lasted this long. See a vet. Get it diagnosed. Get it treated. And then, if your vet deems it necessary to suppress the symptom along with the treatment, that's a different story.
I would have never thought that I'd actually arm myself with Immodium to potentially give my dog.
For me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime deal. After Cookie's violent reaction to sedation, I was very concerned about repeat of the situation. And because she was to be sedated yet again in a week's time, I was going to try to make sure that we take all steps we can to prevent this from happening again.
We took a number of measures for the days before the sedation and for the day of the procedure. One of the vet's recommendations came unexpected, "Have loperamide (Immodium ) available if needed."
But in this case it did indeed make sense.
Whether the effects Cookie suffered were indeed from stress, or from the sedation drug(s), or combination of the two, addressing that in itself under such circumstances was logical. Particularly since she was going to be on her five-hour ride home.
So we made sure we had Immodium on hand.
Not just any ol' Immodium, though, some of the products put all kinds of stuff into them. And these days one even has to watch to make sure there is no xylitol added.
What we needed for straight loperamide by itself and nothing else.
For example, the Immodium I had at home for myself actually seems to contain very little of the loperamide itself and a whole lot of something else all together (simethicone). What we needed to get was loperamide only, 2 mg tabs.
Fortunately, our local pharmacy, however small, has always had any strange thing we came up with needing.
Thankfuly, we never needed to use it because Cookie had no ill effects from the sedation.
But if there was a time to treat a symptom directly, this would have been one of them.
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
And So It Begins Again(?) Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie
I Didn't Know I Could Fly: Why Cookie Wears A Harness Instead Of A Collar
C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews For Dogs CAN Be A Choking Hazzard
Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie: The Knee Or The Foot?
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Too Young For Pot: Cookie's Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed
Putting The Easy Back Into Walking
Cookie's Ears Are Still Not Happy
The Threat Of The Bulge Is Always Lurking
Today Is Cookie's Three-Months Adoptoversary
Cookie Meets The Electric Horse Fence And Her First Chiropractic Adjustment
Why Examine Your Dog's Vomit?
Why Is That Leg Still Not Happy? Cookie's Leg Keeps Getting Sore
Cookie Too Is Insured With Trupanion
Does Being Insured Mean Being Covered? Our First Claim With Trupanion
Is Cookie's Leg Finally Getting Better?
Is Cookie Going To Be Another Medical Challenge Or Are We Looking To Closely?
The Project That Is Cookie: Pancreatitis Up Close And Personal
Pancreatitis: Cookie’s Blood Work
Another Belly Upset: Pancreatitis Again Or Not?
Happy Birthday, Cookie
Incontinence? Cookie's Mysterious Leaks
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat
Don't Just Stand There, Do Something? Cookie's Mysterious Bumps
Cookie's Mysterious Bumps Update
One Vomit, No Vomit
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
Cookie's Leaks Are Back: Garden Variety Incontinence Or Not?
Cookie's Leaks Update
Don't Panic, Don't Panic: Know What Your Job Is
The Continuing Saga Of Cookie's Leeks: Trying Chiropractic Approach
Cookie's Minor Eye Irritation
Regular Wellness Exam: Cookie's ALT Was Elevated
Cookie's Plantar Paw Pad Injury
How Far To Take It When The Dog Isn't Sick?
Cookie Has Tapeworm Infection
Cookie's Elevated ALT: The Ultrasound and Cytology
Cookie's ALT Update
The Importance of Observation: Cookie's Chiropractic Adjustment
Sometimes You Don't Even Know What You're Looking at: Cookie's Scary "We Have No Idea What that Was"
Living with an Incontinent Dog
Summer Dangers: Cookie Gets Stung by a Bald-faced Hornet
To Breathe or Not To Breathe: Cookie's Hind Legs Transiently Fail to Work (Again)
Figuring out What Might Be Going on with Cookie's Legs: The Process
Figuring out What Might Be Going on with Cookie's Legs: The Diagnosis
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Trazodone
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Other Medications
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury Treatment: Laser, Hydrotherapy and Chiropractic
Cookie's Recovery from Iliopsoas Injury: ToeGrips
It Never Rains ... Cookie's New Injury
Mixed Emotions: When What You Should Do Might Not Be What You Should Do for Your Dog
Cookie's New Injury Update
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury: The Symptoms
Cookie's Iliopsoas Injury: Battling the Zoomies
Cookie's Muscle Injuries: What Else Is Going On?
Theory and Actual Decisions for an Actual Dog Aren't the Same Thing: Cookie's Knee Injury
Does Your Vet Listen to You? Cookie's Post-Sedation Complications