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SINGAPORE – In this 14-day column, National Parks Board veterinarians answer questions about pet health and behavior.

Use caution when giving multivitamins to dogs

In early March, my one year old Shiba Inu Bubbles had diarrhea and some vomiting. I gave her antibiotics and steroids, but every time she stopped the 10-day treatment, her diarrhea would return the next day. She also started making loud noises when defecating. I consulted two vets about her condition. One warned me that she could take medication for life – something I am uncomfortable with. I would love to try all of the other options.

I added multivitamins to her daily diet based on her weight. However, she had soft bowel movements and the wind broke just before the bowel movement.

Do multivitamins cause diarrhea and should I give them to bubbles? The vet prescribed probiotics and a herbal dietary supplement with ingredients like marshmallow, chamomile, and liquorice, which are believed to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce inflammation. Is This Supplement a Good Substitute for Antibiotics and Steroids?

Rita Goha

Multivitamins and dietary supplements for animals are often used as complementary or concomitant treatments for certain diseases that can help reduce the severity of symptoms. However, they are not a substitute for prescribed therapeutic drugs.

While multivitamins may seem harmless, do not give them to your dog without first discussing the frequency and dosage with your veterinarian. High doses can damage organs such as the kidneys.

You should also not give your dog multivitamins made for humans, as the dosages are different for humans and animals.

Check back with your veterinarian about why Bubbles makes noises when you have a bowel movement and about other tests that may help diagnose and treat your condition.

The dog’s recent cough is worrying

My 14 1/2 year old dog has had a hacking cough for over three months. He coughs at certain times of the day, for example early in the morning when he wakes up or late at night. When he gets upset during the day, he coughs in the same way. He does not experience wheezing or shortness of breath. I stopped giving him cold fruit and cold dog milk.

Geraldine Ong

Your dog’s cough can be caused by a number of different things. Take him to the vet for a check-up and follow-up examinations as soon as possible.

The veterinarian can do a thorough physical exam to assess your dog’s general health and may recommend diagnostic tests such as x-rays or x-rays to determine the underlying cause of the cough.

In dogs, a variety of conditions can cause coughs – such as heart disease, chronic canine bronchitis, or tracheal collapse – that require different treatment plans.

The veterinarian may recommend an appropriate method of treating the cough, which may include medication.

Frequent coughing can further irritate or inflame your dog’s airways and make the cough worse.

Other additional measures include avoiding pressure on your dog’s neck area. For example, use a chest strap to avoid the pressure of a leash pulling on his collar when he goes for a walk; and reduce overexcitation or overexertion, which can lead to barking or increased breathing effort.

Keep your dog in damp environments, e.g. B. by using humidifiers and avoid air-conditioned areas.

• Answers from Dr. Shawn Chia and Dr. Juline Chua, Veterinarians for the Veterinary and Veterinary Services of the National Parks Board.


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