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What is Distended Abdomen?

In dogs, a swollen or distended abdomen may be a sign of a significant medical condition or disease, or it may be due to a resolvable bacterial infection. Due to the possibility of organ failure or breathing difficulty, however, any swelling in the abdominal area warrants an immediate veterinary visit. Some underlying causes of a distended abdomen are potentially fatal and indicate a dysfunction or disease process involving a major organ such as the heart, lungs or kidneys. Additionally, most cases of abdominal distension carry pain and discomfort that can be alleviated with treatment. One probable cause of abdominal distension in dogs is a condition called ascites (or abdominal effusion), which is a general term that refers to the build-up of fluid in a dog’s abdominal cavity. In a healthy animal, there should be no more than a nominal amount of fluid present in the abdominal cavity. The purpose of this fluid is to keep the organs operating and “gliding” smoothly around each other. In fact, the amount of fluid in a healthy dog’s abdomen should be low enough not to appear in radiography. Any imaging that reveals the presence of free fluid is an indication of a serious health problem. Ascites is a symptom of many other conditions, including liver and cardiac disease, specifically congestive heart failure (CHF). In congestive heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body, causing fluid to swell in tissues both in the lungs and stomach. The dog’s overall prognosis will depend on the source of the swelling or ascites. Another possible cause for the abdominal distension is a pooling of blood that may have originated in the stomach or elsewhere in the canine’s gastrointestinal system. In the case of a GI bleed, immediate veterinary care is critical.

Rapid-pooling gas, or “bloat,” is another emergent cause of abdominal distention in a canine. In the veterinary world, bloat is an alarming term that signifies something far different than feeling full after a big dinner. Bloat, in a dog, will cause the abdomen to become untenably swollen and tight. The abdomen may take on an uneven appearance in which one part of the abdomen distends beyond another. If your dog appears to be bloated, this is a highly emergent situation, and the dog must get veterinary care immediately. 

Other common causes of abdominal distension in dogs include pregnancy, which is distinguishable from other conditions due to the presence of swollen mammary glands and teats. Obesity is another possibility; in this case, the stomach should be soft and fat should be visible elsewhere on the body, not only in the stomach area.

In canines, a distended abdomen may signify a disease or dysfunction related to a major organ such as the heart, or another condition such as pregnancy or obesity.

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Symptoms of Distended Abdomen in Dogs

Clinical signs associated with distended abdomen in dogs include:

  • Distended abdomen
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Signs of discomfort when touched
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary changes
  • Exercise intolerance

Causes of Distended Abdomen in Dogs

  • Bloat- A very serious condition in which gas rapidly fills the abdomen
  • Bleeding -An emergent condition in which blood is pooling in the abdomen
  • Free fluid (also called abdominal effusion or ascites) - A serious condition when fluid builds in the abdomen, may signify disease or failure of major organs
  • Pregnancy - The female usually presents with a swollen abdomen by 6 weeks of expectancy, and will also have swollen mammary glands and teats
  • Obesity - The abdomen should be soft and weight should be distributed around the body
  • Growths/tumors - Benign or may signify a disease such as cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Uterine infection (UTI)
  • Hormonal condition
  • Peritonitis - Swelling of the peritoneum, the tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers most of the abdominal organs

Diagnosis of Distended Abdomen in Dogs

The veterinarian may make an initial diagnosis based upon the dog’s presentation of symptoms at the physical examination. Radiography and ultrasounds may confirm the presence of fluid in the abdomen, or perhaps reveal another cause. Blood (CBC), urine and sample of (if any) fluid will be subject to laboratory testing, and may offer insight into the dog’s overall condition. Other testing will be performed based on the veterinarian’s suspicions.

Treatment of Distended Abdomen in Dogs

Treatment options will depend upon the cause of the abdominal distension, and any underlying conditions. If there is a fluid buildup, that will have to be eliminated; however, without treating the source of the ascites, improvement is not likely. Treatment examples would be:

  • Obesity - The veterinarian will advise on a healthy weight loss and maintenance program
  • Growths - A tumor may need to be removed
  • Bloat - Surgery may be necessary in order to reverse volvulus (twisting of the stomach)
  • Fluid - Draining will be required

Recovery of Distended Abdomen in Dogs

As with any illness, provide your dog with a quiet place to rest and heal. Follow veterinary advice regarding any nutritional changes, and follow-up medications. The dog’s prognosis will depend upon the cause of the distension. Keep a watchful eye on the abdominal area, and notify the veterinarian if changes are noted.

Distended Abdomen Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Shadow
Black Lab
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

I have a approx 7 year old black lab who has had a rough life. First I found him as a young dog and he was hit by a car put a pin in his leg. Sometimes his eyes get saggy like on bottom and vet gave me drops for him. When he has a tic on him he will drool excessively and act funny.He has had numerous ticks removed over the years. Unknown if lyme disease present. My S/O has been feeding him raw meat and rib bones. Also tore his cruicshank muscles in his leg. He gulps water like crazy and seems like he is starving. No manners anymore. Recently His abdomen is huge and more so on one side. the vet xrayed and said his bladder was full and there was some gas present in intestines. Three days ago he is acting like it hurts him now. I wonder if he has a nerve or back injury from any of his dilemmas could that affect his ability to empty his bladder? Also he seems to have difficulty breathing. Help please, it's a weekend should I take him to the vet again after hours, so expensive, but I will.

Not at all helpful since only the questions appear, but NOT any of the answers I'm accessing this on my Android phone

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Baron
German Shepherd
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

We just loss Baron, our 8-year old German Shepherd. He had diarrhea on and off in the last month and had lost about 20 pounds over a 6-month period. The vet put him on a prescription diet, Hill's Science and also vitamin B12 as the blood work shows that he's lacking B12 which contributes to his weight lost. He recovered from his diarrhea, but it started again three days ago. Yesterday he was still TOTALLY fine in the morning. I still walked him a mile and a half. He had good appetite and was still TOTALLY fine when I put him in the garage about 3 PM because we had guests over for Christmas. When they left about 11:30 I went to the garage to let him in, but found that he was panting, sweating, and barely able to stand. I also found several pools of vomit. He also had bloated stomach. We rushed him to the pet ER, but he's gone by the time we arrived about 20 minutes later.

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Rascal
German/husky mix
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

weak breathing
Bloating
lack of appetite

My friends dog breathing but won’t wake up. His stomach seems to be bloated and is about twice the size of his ribs. He’s been eating slightly but not much. He’s also been very weak.

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Murphy
Mutt
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Vomiting
Fur in vomit

My dog Murphy woke up around 3 am panting and pacing which is fairly normal for him but I got nervous when I started to hear him gagging and retching. After that he threw up brown chunky vomit that had so much fur in it. The food was easily identifiable so it hadn't been fully digested. Then he starts panting and retching and throws up again. The same consistency again with huge amounts of fur in it. Now he seems to be acting normal. He went back to sleep as I was cleaning up the messes but I've noticed his belly is a little swollen now. He doesn't flinch or Yelp when I press on it and it feels soft and squishy like normal and he doesn't seem to be in any pain but I don't know if I should be freaking out like I am.

This was very helpful.

My 12 year old little yorkie Max had been coughing for like three weeks we took him to the vet they gave us medicine the coughing got worse. A week or two later max has a tiny seizure so we rush him to the vet they tell us he might have a collapsing trach give us some drugs and send us on our way now its been about a week max has been more slow and lethargic than ever he hardly has the strength or confidence to go up 1 or 2 stairs and his stomach is bloated with soft squishy lumps on it and he himself is kind of thin ands bony

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Mary
Boston Terrier
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

I have inherited my father's 11 year old female Boston Terrier. She is not spayed and one of her mammary glands has a hard lump. The vet has said it's quite possible it's a tumor but we haven't gotten it biopsied. She's always been very healthy, good weight, healthy digestive system, etc. She's very active now, as I work at a dog daycare and she is the greeter. She looked normal and perfectly fine this morning, however, after the ride home she laid on her side in the living room and I noticed her tummy was round and kind of hard. She has since gone to the bathroom and everything is pretty normal but she is waddling to accommodate her tummy and doesn't seem comfortable laying on her stomach. She doesn't seem to be in pain, lethargic, no loss of appetite, no vomiting or diarrhea either. I'm just concerned because of her age and the lump on her mammary.

Did you figure out what was happening with your Boston?

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Butter ball
Beagle and Australian terrier mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Bloated Abdomen
Panting
Trouble pooping

Hi , My dog butter ball is almost 8 years old and she is having some trouble. I would like to read some advice and comments on her condition. She's recently lost a lot of weight to where you can see her spine and ribs . Which is weird because she eats all the time. She's had trouble Pooping and drinks a lot of water . She also is panting all the time.

Please let me know any thoughts on her condition.

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Diego
Havanese
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lipoma

my dog (havanese) is 13 years old and has bloating, occasional diarrhea, soft mass (possible lipoma) between his ribs, hard for him to do stairs now and his skin appears more grey. He doesn't appear to be in pain when I touch his stomach. He is licking the floor a lot more too.
Also yesterday he started having drainage from his eye. His definitely doesn't seem happy. I have been looking on the internet but nothing seems to cover all his symptoms. Any suggestions?

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Jack
Tibetan Terrier
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diabetes
Bloating
Lethargy

My 10 year old dog, Jack, is diabetic. My husband went to pick up his prescription food and they were out of the canned food so he bought a bag of dry food, that was Friday. Last night, Sunday, I noticed his belly seemed swollen. This morning, per our normal routine, my husband put his food down and as Jack started to eat, he gave him his insulin injection. Well, not only did Jack not finish his meal (unheard of!) but he also vomited- a lot. He seemed very uncomfortable and then I started to see signs of a hypo, makes sense since he received his regular dose of insulin but didn't have any food. I gave him some karo syrup and while the hypo appeared to improve, he was clearly in pain. He did have 2 BMs this morning and normal urination. I called my vet who said to take him to the emergency vet's office. They took an xray of his stomach just in case it was bloat, he's a Tibetan Terrier so it was unlikely but better safe... He did not have any signs of bloat, the vet said it was most likely gas from changing his food to a dry food which has more fiber. His BG was 76 which she said was low but not dangerous. They gave him IV fluids and injections of some medication for his stomach upset. We've been home for about 4 hours and he's had another hypo incident but will not eat, gave him some more karo syrup. The karo does seem to improve the shaking and what I refer to as his lost look that we've seen a couple of times in the past when his BG has dropped. He is clearly in pain and I can't tell if he's shaking due to the pain or hypoglycemia. This morning was an $800 trip to the vet and I desperately want to trust that he received good care and that this will pass but when he looks at me with his "sick eyes," it's killing me. Any thoughts or advice are welcome. I have the ability to work from home from home and can look after him but I do need to be in the office tomorrow and really do not want to leave him this way. With 2 kids in college and 1 in grad school, another hefty vet bill is really going to impact us.

Hi did you find any answers . My son dog is in the same boat. but he does not have money to take him to the vet and he defiantly does not want to put him down. any suggestions please help

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Gizmo
Chihuahua
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
breathing

We have a 15-year-old Chihuahua majority of his life no major health issues. just last week he’s been having loose bowels, they stopped Two days later his stomach started bloating and is having difficulty breathing, we are going on day 4 with no bowel movement and his abdomen area is still bloated . He is still eating small portions of food and continues drinking water. Any advice

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Gino
Cane Corso Italiano
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

distended
Distended stomach

Our sons 4 yr old cane corso has a bloated/distended stomach. His physique has changed in the last 3 months. He has lost weight and his spine, ribs and hipbones show thru his skin. its as if all weight is pulled down to his stomach. He still has an appetite and is still eating and drinking. He appears to be urinating and has regular bowel movements. He has less energy but still goes out for walks etc. Due to his breed and termperment his vet will not see him unless he tranqilized which is costly. What do think may be going on?

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Cleo
American Staffordshire Terrier
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Distention
Vaginal Discharge

We have an unaltered female, which we don't breed but she hasn't had a heat in years. She is so old we thought it was best to just let her live out her days. Well about 2 months ago my nephew brought his dog over who was in heat which threw our 15 year old into heat.. she had bleeding or discharge for 3 weeks. I had tried to get her into the vet but there is only one vet and the next closest big town is about 200 miles. So we waited for the next week. Keep in my we love our animals they are all rescues and wanted to give them the best possible life they can have for however long. We have had her since she was little. Anyway I finally get her into the vet you can see her belly is distended she had stopped eating, and we were struggling with if we should put her to sleep. They did a blood work up an her WBC was 74k everything else seemed to be in order obviously her neu were really high as well, and he said she had pyometra and said there are 2 options.. euthanasia or do the surgery 800-1200$ but we have to look at the age of the dog. He said we should have brought her in sooner so explained I had tried to but they told me they couldn't squeeze her in.. we have been battling for 3 weeks. The vet did xrays he said she wasn't constipated.. I asked about other options since she was still eating in good spirits and not dehydrated, he gave us an antibiotic, and I had asked about prostaglandins low dose to keep her uterus open and flushing and he said he doesn't think that therapy works.. he has only done 3 of the pyometra surgeries and one was a fatality. We aren't comfortable with it. I did call other vets and they quoted $2000 for the surgery. Otherwise to euthanize her. Why doesnt anyone want to try alternatives?why not try to flush her uterus? Anyway he gives us an antibiotic and I researched this for days, there was nothing saying this was the antibiotic to use. I'm in the medical field and have been for 11years. After day 2 of her vomiting up her antibiotics and her slowly getting worse I tell my husband we are taking her in for an ER vet visit. The vet says he'll meet us there after an hour and a half of waiting I have my husband text again he shows up shortly.. this whole time she had still been leaking. He takes her in examines her, and then gives me the antibiotics I thought he should have given her in the first place a fluoroquinolone and a second Antibiotic. So again I ask about the prostaglandins still didnt wanna try it. Well she stopped leaking that day it was a Sunday. She still never had a fever started eating fine I started cooking her food. Well Tuesday her body started having contractions to push out the infection.. she had some big clots and the smell woke me up from my sleep all along this dog i great spirits. The vets I've talked to especially the one we've been dealing with is very confused by what's going on. We did a retest and her WBC dropped to 50k, and then we continued antibiotic therapy, the next Saturday she pushed out some more fluid this time was not as much and no where near as smelly.. we rechecked her numbers and they jumped to wbc 86k and we were told we had to make a decision. I had to talked with another vet who said dont get your Hopes up but there's an off chance her body beat this infection but is still producing soldiers for the battle. Still eating, no fever, still drinking, happy as can be. We he had a family meeting and decided if we had to make a decision she would be euthanized. She also has some sort of autoimmune that had caused her body to turn on her skin.. but it has been under control for about 2 yrs I'm wondering how much the autoimmune disease could mess with her wbc. I just had her wbc kidney function all done again a few days ago and her wbc was back down 62k. But now her rbc has went low, and her alb bun are on the low end the vet is not concerned with this though. The last visit I also said her belly was pretty distended he felt said she was fine I told him I was giving her some fiber cause she hadn't been pooping asked if there could be a blockage he didnt think so got me a couple enemas I asked about rupture and he assured me it wouldn't be an issue. She continued leaking an fluids cleared, no sign of infection, no bad smell, no blood tinged puss, but wbc still that high. Did the first enema she pooped quite a bit. Belly still seems distended though. Any help? Thoughts or concerns? She is still on antibiotics at this time.

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Spike
Bichon Frise
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
raspy breathing

Medication Used

Vetmedin

I'm not sure what to think of my dog's condition. A year ago we took him for a check up because he was wheezing and coughing. After an echography we discovered he had an enlarged heart. It made sense at the time as he was a little overweight, 9 kg roughly. He received medication for the heart condition which also took care of the wheezing. However, over the past year or so, he has gone a little over 10 kg, gaining weight a lot faster. He was already on a special diet, and as the weight increased we changed it constantly. Now however, it seems like his abdomen is quite hard, he has difficulty breathing, (no wheezing, just raspy breaths) and doesn't really enjoy walks anymore. His appetite is normal and he drinks just about the same amount, but it seems odd that his abdomen be this swollen when he also poops quite a bit. He seems uncomfortable, and its been like this for a while. we had another echography taken of the abdomen, which showed that it was just gas. The vet keeps saying it will pass. But it's been like this for too long. It is not passing. Any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I can't comment on Spike's situation, as I haven't examined him. If he is having that much gas, he needs to have that treated, as he sounds uncomfortable. I'm not sure what diet he was on, or what medications he is on for his heart, but it seems that it may be time for a conversation with your veterinarian that you are not comfortable with how he is doing, and would like to figure out some therapies for him to help him, as it doesn't seem to be resolving. You can also always seek a second opinion. I hope that he feels better.

thank you for your time!

I have a 9 month old pit bull and 4 days ago I gave him a bone from a pork roast. It was a larger bone, I figured he would enjoy it. That night I gave it to him and he chewed for hours until I noticed he was asleep and the bone was no where to be found. The next day I realized he ate the whole bone. I don't know if in pieces or the whole thing. But for 4 days now his stomach has been huge, and it's not normal at all he is very fit and to see him that size is odd. It feels tight but he hasn't lost his appetite, still drinks often, and is a little less active than normal.. I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow I just need to have an idea what's wrong with him, little help?

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Dil
Corgi
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

I have a two year old corgi mix. I noticed this morning he was looking a little more sausage shaped than normal. Normally he doesn't look sausage like at all. I thought at first maybe he just gained weight but after thinking about it today, I really don't think his stomach was this big a couple days ago. He's laying here next to me and I do keep hearing gurgling coming from his stomach. We went outside earlier and he pooped twice, the second time being pretty soft. He still has a great appetite and he doesn't seem to be in any pain. I'm more than a little worried though.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is good that you are being very observant and noticing these changes. It may just be that he has an upset stomach, but he may be having an intestinal or organ problem, and it would be best for him to be seen in the morning by your veterinarian - they can examine him, take x-rays if needed, and check his stool to see if he has any problems that need to be treated. I hope that everything goes well for him!

My dog has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma and was put on prednisone. Today I noticed that his belly is extremely bloated to the point where he can barely fit through his doggy door, when he fit fine a couple days ago. Is belly bloating an effect of the cancer or is there something else going on?

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sheba
k 9 mixed
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tummy swelling and is getting fever

sheba is 2 months 8 days and her tummy is swelling what should i do i live miles away from the vet and is also getting fever.she is not eating as usual and she also loos weigh

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens can be affected by viral diseases, parasites, and intestinal infections. Without seeing Sheba, I can't say what might be going on with her or give her any treatment. If she is not eating and her belly is getting swollen, driving to a veterinarian might be the best alternative for her, as I can't say what might be wrong with her, and there might not be anything that you can do at home.

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Angel
Chihuahua
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
urinating as you lift her
scared to go outside

I have a Small Black Chihuahua, If I'm not mistaken, She's 7.. Anyways, A week ago or so, She started acting terrified to even step foot outside.. && once you get her outside, she stays on, or under the porch steps, and if you have set her in the grass, she bolts for the steps. and i've begun to notice just how.. swollen/bloated her stomach is.. she doesn't act like she is in pain, maybe minor discomfort.. and now, everytime i pick her up, she (what i assume is) pees as you lift her up, not too much, but very noticeable. && i've been checking her cage, she hasn't used the bathroom all that much as you might think.. what's going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the abdomen is distended, you should think about visiting your Veterinarian for an examination as there are various different conditions which may cause a distended abdomen which may or may not be related to the behavioural issues; without examining Angel I cannot tell if the abdomen is distended with fat, fluid or gas which would help narrow in on a cause. You should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
West Highland White Terrier
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite
Lack Of Appetite, change in persona

My westie is 6.5 yrs, she seemed fine tonight when I got home, but immediately drank 2 bowls of water quickly when I let her out of her kennel, which is a lot for a 12lb dog, but then after wanted to play. She then did not want to eat which is very alarming,she never turns down food and eats so fast I put her food in a treat ball to push around. She now seems not herself and her waist seems larger
but could be from all the water
She did not want to go for a walk and is in her bed but seems lethargic and has only been out of her kennel for 2 hours and didn't walk .
My dog walker said she was fine today when he had her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A lack of appetite and a distended abdomen is concerning; without examining Zoey I cannot determine whether the abdominal distention is due to gas, fluid or fat. There are various conditions which may be affecting her but if she is drinking a lot and has a distended abdomen you should pop into your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to narrow in on a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Long hair Chihuahua
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t eat
Bloated stomach and hard
Drinks water

What’s wrong with her? Is she okay? She is an small dog, she was actually the roant of the litter... We went on vacation for a week and we had a friend of ours come and feed her (she’s an outside dog) and when we came back she was huge and didn’t come out and looks so sad. But she drinks water tho. She walks like she can’t even hold herself up. Is there any thing I can do to help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Molly I cannot determine the severity of the condition or the specific cause for the distended abdomen; abdominal distention may be attributable to fluid, fat and gas. The specific type of distention along with other symptoms would indicate a cause, you should take Molly for an examination so that your Veterinarian can narrow in on a cause and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baxter
Cocker Spaniel
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Loss of Appetite
uncomfortable
Bloating
heavy breathing, raspy breathing

I took My 9yr old Cocker Spaniel in for a check up several months ago due to several sudden changes in behavior and appearance (increased seizures, excessive thirst, panting, hunger, bloating, accidents in house, facial paralysis, drooling, weight gain, raspy breathing). My Vet ran multiple tests and scans which revealed; a mass in his bladder, an enlarged heart, spinal arthritis, epilepsy and several symptoms that appeared to be Cushing's disease (increased hunger, thirst, spots on skin, loss of hair, frequent urination etc). She prescribed multiple meds to address immediate issues and once completed, we both agreed that our goal would be quality of life and comfort. He has not presented to be in any pain up to this point. The facial paralysis has finally subsided. He has an insatiable hunger, has stressed breathing at times and continues with skin spots and hair loss, but otherwise just behaves like a lazy old boy. Coming home this evening I have found his behavior to be stressed and uncomfortable, but not necessarily "in pain". He has excessive rapid and heavy breathing, has vomited numerous times in the last 2 hours, pooped in the house (abnormal), cant seem to sit/lay still, no interest in food (very abnormal) and his eyes look glossy. I had already scheduled a follow up with the Vet this coming week, but then came home to this. Advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think from what you are describing, I would not wait for an appointment this week, but would have him seen right away at a 24 hour clinic if you need to. Those signs sound quite different from what Baxter was being treated for previously, and he sounds like he needs to be seen.

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Zeta
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My mother dog is very big in the stomach, and she has been this way for some time; my 86 yr old mother said. She doesn't act any differently from what I was told, but I was wondering about her being pregnant? It's been three weeks since I've seen her, and nothing seems to have changed with her big stomach. I want to bring her to a pet but don't know how much this would cost? What do you advise me to do, I'm going over to moms house Tuesday to check o her and the dog.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Zeta, I can't comment on whether she may be pregnant, but other causes of a distended abdomen can include heart disease, liver disease or protein losing diseases. It would be best to have her examined, which will only incur the cost of an office visit. Once a veterinarian has seen her and has an idea as to what might be going on, they can recommend any tests that might be necessary, and you'll have a better idea what is happening with her.

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Mikka
German Shepherd
16 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
Vomiting
Thirsty
Pacing

My puppy suddenly threw up what looked like undigested kibble. This was at 5 pm and she last ate at 9 am. There was no way she could have gotten into any food where we were. After she threw up, her tummy got extremely swollen and hard. She kept pacing and even whimpering a little. She was extremely thirsty so she was urinating more but her stool was normal. She has energy but not as much as usual.. Her tummy is still huge and she is breathing hard. Thoughts please?? Also, she eats her food very very quickly, could that make her tummy swollen for hours?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mikka is eating her food fast, she may be gulping air which may cause some gastrointestinal issues, you can buy special bowls which restrict access to the food to slow a dog down to prevent issues. However, without examining Mikka I cannot say for certain whether or not there is another underlying issue, you should ensure that she is wormed and kept hydrated; if the vomiting continues you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Papas
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
Vomiting
Excessive drinking
not active

Im a former vet student and mt sisters dog just got sick. He has a distented stomach isnt eating but he still is drinking water. He is able to lay on his side or stomach. I dont if hes in pain. His stomach feels kinda squishy as there is no hard spots anywere. We took him to the vet and they told us that he might have parvo. I dont know if it can be parvo but i have never seen a dog with parvo have a distented stomach. I think it might just be gas or fluid because its not hard. Hes nit very active he just stays in one spot laying down and doesnt want to move anywere much. Can he possibly have ascites or can it be something else? He also vomits after drinking water. His testicles are smaller then usual as well..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Legally I cannot second guess a diagnosis made by a Veterinarian who has examined an animal; but generally speaking a distended abdomen and increase in thirst and urination may be attributable to Cushing’s with the distended abdomen being due to fat. It is also possible that there may be fluid (ascites) but I would expect your Veterinarian to have determined that Papas has a tummy full of fluid. If you’re having concerns regarding the diagnosis, I would recommend visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosie
English Cocker Spaniel
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody Urine

Hi my dog Rosie have been urinating a lot also passing blood in her uring, her vet had been treating her almost five months now with no improvement, this past week I saw her stomach is very slowen no Paine but she is breathing very heavenly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Blood in the urine may arise from the urinary tract or reproductive tract (especially if not spayed), without examining Rosie or knowing what treatment was given before it is difficult to make a suggestion of a diagnosis or treatment. Infections, urinary stones, trauma, clotting disorders, poisoning (chronic), reproductive tract conditions, tumours among other causes may lead to bleeding; if an infection is suspected, at this point you should be thinking about a culture and sensitivity test. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Potatoes
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Labored breathing
Bloating
Running Nose

Medication Used

Flagyl

Hi ive just seen my sisters dog today and they gave him a prescription called flagyl. Umm they stopped the medication becuase he has labored breathing. He has his eye boogers looking milky white and his nose is runny as well. We cannot touch his stomach or put a little pressure because he starts to whine. He has diarrhea as well. He cant jump up anymore or walk fast. He starts to get tired and slip a bit in our living room and when he gets to one spot he cant move anymore considering the pain. He is still responsive when calling his name. He has a bloated stomach and when breathing he licks his nose to get the boogers and when he sleeps he is barely able to breath so he is trying his hardest to breath. He has been peeing in the house because he couldnt get down our steps. Im not sure what he has and im really worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Potatoes may have something more serious going on than what can be treated with Flagyl. That medication is quite effective at controlling diarrhea, but only if the diarrhea is not caused by something more serious. Potatoes should be seen by your sister's veterinarian as soon as possible, as he may need further treatment for what is going on with him.

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buddy
hound beagle
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloated stomach

my dog has got a bloated stomach not in pain eats less still drinks but not alot of energy he has no engergy to jump up anymore he stands alot i have no idea of problem

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An enlargement of the abdomen may be due to gas, fluid or fat; without feeling the abdomen I cannot say which it is. Cats may get bloated (gas) due to parasites (should be wormed regularly), dietary issues, gulping air among other causes; however if there is fluid or fat then there may be a more serious issues like liver disease, heart failure among other issues. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine a cause and to prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Linda
cross
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

Hi I took my dog to the vets today with a swollen belly. She looks a bit uncomfortable but I would not say by any means lethargic she would still eat if I let her. The vet found her temperature normal and her heart sounded fine. She has been given Maxolon 10mg which she has had two today morning and evening and I have two more tomorrow . Today is Sunday and no it’s Sunday night. I can’t help feel that maybe if should do something else her belly looks really swollen. Thoughts please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Linda was prescribed Maxolon (metoclopramide), I’m assuming the issue is related to gas rather than fluid or accumulation of fat. Without examining Linda I cannot say what the specific cause for the abdominal distention is and would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian again on Monday morning for another examination to help determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Twinkie
Yorkshire Terrier
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fat belly, like she ate too much.

Medication Used

Was on antibiotic

Fat belly, no pain or discomfort, blood work normal,
Pooping, eating, water intake normal, no changes in personality. Incontinent periodically, began about 4 months ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The main question is whether the abdomen is enlarged due to gas, fluid or fat; there may not be anything particularly wrong especially if water intake and urination is normal. The enlargement of the abdomen and the occasional incontinence may be age related, without examining Twinkie myself I cannot say for certain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Doc

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Phoebe
German Spitz
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
Lethargic
Dry Nose
high temperature
Heavy Anal Bleeding
No interest in food or water
Infrequently mobile
“Fluidy” sounding breathing

Medication Used

Cardisure

Had an emergency visit to the vet this evening, as her first symptom was anal bleeding which was heavy and all over the floor. Phoebe was diagnosed at 9 years old with an enlarged heart condition which she has been on cardisure for every day since. She is now 15 and been fit, bright and active until yesterday. She goes for a short walk every day and has done all her life and will still have bursts of energy where she runs about chasing a ball etc, so the sudden change in her is worrying. The vet said her stomach was swollen, she has a high temp, she asked if she had diarrhoea at this point which she hadn’t. Vet then told me to take her home and keep her comfortable, if she makes it through the night then to bring her back first thing in the morning for further examinations as she didn’t do any tests tonight and didn’t know what it could be other than perhaps an infection. Since coming home she has had two bouts of diarrhoea without moving off her bed. I have washed her backside, cleaned her bed which is next to my own bed and I have been lying here unable to sleep while listening to Phoebe’s breathing and panicking every time I think I can’t hear it.
I have been reading up on these symptoms and with her already diagnosed heart disease it sounds like potentially it could be due to this and perhaps this is her at the end. I wondered if tomorrow morning I should make the decision to have her put to sleep, I am worrying that she is in pain although she is not restless or acting distressed. If it is a resolvable infection then fair enough but if the vet still cannot find what is wrong I’m guessing I will have to decide on the next move. I’m wondering if it is a deterioration due to the heart condition if it will only continue to worsen and would I be kinder to have her put to sleep tomorrow rather than her continue to suffer. I am at a loss. I know the vet will give me advice but I wondered about a second opinion. I have had phoebe since I was 12 years old, my mother gave her to me after my parents separated so she is very special to me and been through a lot with me. I just want what’s best for her. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a very difficult decision to make and without examining Phoebe it is difficult for me to weigh in on this distressing topic, you should think about her current state of health and quality of life; no decision should be made until your Veterinarian has thoroughly examined her and performed tests to determine what the underlying cause is. Fifteen years old is a good age for a German Spitz is around the 14-16 years life expectancy, I know that is little comfort but it is something to consider. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you 😊 phoebe spent the day at the vets, they had her on a drip due to dehydration. She is home now and has only had a little more diarrhoea but hasn’t eaten yet. Only been advised to give her boiled rice. The vet wants to examine her again tomorro to keep an eye on her. They didn’t run any tests when I asked them they said they might send a poo sample away in a week if she isn’t much better. They advised they were assuming it was some sort of infection and due to her age, it had hit her harder. So will just have to play the waiting game and hope for the best. Thank you for your message.

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Apollo
pit bull terrier
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Frequent Urination
Distended stomach

Hello,
I have a 12-year old Pit Bull who had a very distended stomach last week. I took him to the vet and they did blood work to find that his Liver Enzymes were elevated. We planned to do an ultrasound, but his stomach grew so quickly overnight that we had to take him to the ER to get the fluid drained. He had 14 lbs of fluid removed from his abdomen. The results of the fluid test showed no signs of bacteria or infection so they think it could be liver disease, heart disease or a growth in his abdomen. He has also had diarrhea and had been drinking water excessively and urinating more frequently. He is lethargic and does not want to move a lot. We have an ultrasound scheduled for next week, but he seems to be filling back up again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be useful to have Apollo’s abdomen drained before the ultrasound, also before the ultrasound and after the draining it would be useful to have an x-ray taken as this may help identify areas for the ultrasound examination to pay particular attention to. If you haven’t already, it may be good to ask your Veterinarian if you can start Apollo on Denamarin (silybin and SAMe) to help support the liver. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the advice. We drained him (only 4 lbs this time) and do the ultrasound. Nothing out of the ordinary found for his liver. They checked his heart while they were there as well and nothing abnormal either. It has been a week and he is blowing up again. They put him on Denamarin and Ursodiol. They are still at a loss. Any other ideas?

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Andre
Bichon Frise
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

My Dog is an 11 year old Bichon, and has a very swollen belly I took him to the vet they did an x-ray and found nothing out of the ordinary other than some bladder stones which the vet said is not related and will deal with later. He gave him some pills to reduce the gas he also did bloodwork and it was perfect. The dog is eating and pooping And seems to be fine But seems to be resting. However it worries me because I feel like they should decompress him but they said they didn’t need to he’s very swollen and they gave him some pain medicine also that I worry about those other comments about the twisted stomach etc. he’s been to the vet yesterday and today

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening condition, but it is not a condition we associate with the Bichon Frise; breeds with deep chests are affected more than others. If the stomach was distended with gas, it should have been decompressed to make Andre more comfortable but if gas is present in the intestine it is a case of waiting for it to pass. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stanton
German Shepherd
9 Years
Fair condition
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Hi my dog has a swollen abdomen and when I had the vet look at him he wanted me to give the dog GasEx (Or something like that.) because he checked and my dog didn't have the stomach flip over thing. Anyway I did give him that and that just gave him smelly runs.

Then I noticed my dog unable to get up one time in the morning and he pushed his head against the wall, which he has done a couple of times now. (I know that is a bad sign.)

My dog also has recovered from a broken back (Which he takes Trymadol and Gallapred for,) he also has "Degenerative Myelopathy" which is to the point of him losing his balance and sometimes having a hard time walking or getting up.

After telling my vet about him today and what happened he said to stop the GasEx and see if the diarrhea stops and if his stomach gets less swollen.

My dog can't really go in the car because of the possibility of rebreaking his back but the vet is running out of options. He might have to go in and get a more thorough check up.

Do you have any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I agree with you that Stanton needs to be seen for a more thorough workup, including some lab work and probably an x-ray to determine the cause of his swollen abdomen. It could be a fluid buildup, a tumor, or a buildup of gas, but without seeing him, it is difficult to determine what might be going on. You should be able to gently load him into the car so that he can be seen without injuring himself. I hope that all goes well for Stanton.

Thank you for your advise, he has since then had testing done and gotten a diagnosis. Thanks again.

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Dave
"Jack russell"
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

"Drinking lots"
"Swollen tummy"
"Urinating mote than usual

Hi, my dog has got a swollen tummy and is drinking lots of water. He has had an ultrasound and they say his white cell count is high. They also did blood and urine tests. They thought it was hepatitis and gave him hepticare tablets and antibiotics for 1 week but it hasn't worked. We have taken him back today and they don't know what is wrong and now want him to see a specialist which is very expensive. The liver looks ok on the ultrasound, do you have any ideas or advice Please? He is a Jack Russell aged 10. Many thanks Eleanor

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about Dave and his lab work, I'm not able to comment on what might be going on, unfortunately. Sometimes, things happen that do require a specialist, and most clinics do take CareCredit to help pay for unexpected expenses. I hope that he is okay.

Dave is having further tests today but specialists initial thoughts are cushings disease.

Update -the lady we spoke to was foreign and I had difficulty understanding her but apparently she said she could see his liver was damaged but couldn't say why because they didn't know what was wrong with him, my partner could understand her more than me.

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tiira
Pit Bullmastiff
Seven Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

my dog had pups six months ago but her stomach is very big and firm still,she has gotten a lot of brown spots on her shin and her fur is dropping. today i noticed a blue and black spot on her side.. she is drinking more water and eating normal or not satisfied. can you tell me what may be going on with her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Tiira, I unfortunately have no way of knowing what is going on with her. If she is drinking more water, has an increased appetite, is losing hair and has new spots on her skin, she needs to be examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with her. They'll be able to recommend any necessary testing or treatment for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Annabelle
Chihuahua
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

My Chihuahua is 14 and her belly has slowly became swollen and tight. She is still eating and drinking, as well as using the bathroom. She seems to have a large gland by her anal hole I'm guessing maybe swollen anal gland as well. What should I do and should I be worried? Her nose is cold and wet and she is waddling but still walking and doing steps. Her breathing seems lightly labored.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Annabelle's belly is getting larger and she is having more effort breathing, she should see a veterinarian. There may be something that can be done for her to keep her more comfortable, and a veterinarian will be able to at least let you know what is happening with her so that she can breathe easier and be more comfortable.

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Nico
Chihuahua
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

my dog has a dry warm nose, his stomach has gotten bigger, he does not like other people to touch it, he is eating, pooping, drinking, peeing, I took him in to get groomed today and he would not let them touch his anal glands and was giving them an issue when they shaved his stomach.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Nico, I can't determine what might be going on with him, but it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, to have an examination. Your veterinarian will be able to look at him, recommend any testing that needs to be done, and recommend any medications that he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Portos
Poodle
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Breathing Difficulty
Bloating
Gaggin

Medication Used

Ambroxol
Ranitidine,
Azytromycin
Dimeticone
Salbutamol

I noticed my dog was bloated about eight hours ago. Took him to the vet and she diagnosed him for bronchitis and just gave him dimeticone for the bloating. The gas showed in the x rays. Is there anything else i can do to help him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing the cause of Portos's gas and distended abdomen, I'm not sure that I can offer any other advice other than what your veterinarian has discussed and prescribed for him. I'm not sure if he was given a specific diet recommendation, but a low residue, easily digestible prescription diet may help, depending on what is going on with him. Since your veterinarian saw him very recently, it would be reasonable to give them a call and ask if there are any other treatments that may help him recover quickly.

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Max
Jack Russell Terrier
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Abdominal Distension
Abdomen Fluid

Hello I have a Jack Russel Terrier that is 11 years old. Came home Friday to find him breathing hard, with a swollen stomach. I took him to the vet they say "He had air and fluid in his stomach". I received a call this morning stating that he has "Air in his abdominal area and they want to do surgery". He has been there since Friday and today is Sunday. I already paid 2,000 dollars and really cannot afford any more. As of yesterday his stomach has gone down and he looks better and I will be bringing him back home today. My question is what kind of home care can I do. To help if there is excess air in his abdomen, without having to do surgery.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the specific cause for the air and fluid accumulation I cannot give you any constructive advice on how to manage this at home; your Veterinarian should give you instructions on discharge and try to learn as much as possible about Max’s condition by asking for a diagnosis, the type of surgery they are recommending as well as asking for conservative management options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Theodore
Goldendoodle
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloated Abdomen
bloated abdomen loss of appetite

my dog theo is a 2 year old golden doodle. About 10 days ago, he threw up all night long and was very very lethargic. i took him to the vet the next day and he told me he had a intestinal virus, gabe him some shots and antibiotics, and sent him home. He seemed to feel better that night and the next morning, but that night, he was feeling the sickness all over again. He never really ate too much this whole time but he hasn’t thrown up since that first day. A couple days later, after still not feeling better, i took him back and the dr told me that he still thinks he has a intestinal infection or possibly rocky mountain fever. He did blood work and what not and said that it came back normal. He stayed at the vet for 2 nights getting iv fluids and antibiotics and got sent home. He has been home for about 4 days now and is acting like he feels better, but still isn’t eating much. only about 3/4-1 can of wet dog food a day ( he’s 65 pounds ). Also, when i picked him up, i noticed he had a very swollen abdomen. The dr said it should go down after a few days, but it hasn’t gone down at all and he still isn’t eating much. Should i be worried about some kind of bloat? or should i just continue to give him the antibiotics and hope it gets better? I love my dog very much and cannot stand to loose him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Theodore I cannot fully weigh in, but many times in cases of gastrointestinal infections a dog may have a reduced appetite and may get a little bloated due to gas which would resolve as he improved and started to eat more. Infections like this may take seven, ten or more days to fully bounce back if not longer; keep giving the prescribed medication and look for improvement. If you see no further improvement or he starts to get worse, return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

My dogs stomach looks bloated. At the ending of his ribs his stomach bows out. Its not really hard, but its not soft. Its not painful when I touch it, he isn't restless or acting any different. And no change of appetite. He is gassy, but he always has been so its not out of the normal. His bowel movements comes out looking long and thin like.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how long you have noticed this problem, but if his stomach looks distended and his bowel movements seem abnormal, it would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian - they will be able to examine him, determine if anything is wrong, and recommend the best course of action for him if he is having some GI upsets, or otherwise. I hope that all is okay with Duke.

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Parker
German Shorthaired Pointer
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cancer
Won’t eat
Extended abdomen
Severe loss of weight

My dog has been diagnosed with cancer and and I’ve become increasingly worried as he has an extended tummy. He is bright but not eating at all but drinking a lot. He has also been violently sick a few times. He has rapidly lots weight also. I was going to take him to the vets but he absolutely hates them. With the symptoms we thought he would possibly pass in his sleep. Days have gone on should I take him straight to the vet in the morning to make sure he is comfortable, I know this is a silly question.

Sorry if this seems all so silly to ask the obvious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian since new symptoms like ascites (fluid in the abdomen) or loss of appetite may be manageable conditions; your Veterinarian will check Parker to see if he is in pain or discomfort before recommending any medical management options. If your Veterinarian feels that it is time, they make a recommendation for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dogs belly is swollen and hurts her to have it touched but everything else is completely normal. She's eating, drinking, using the bathroom and playing

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Titan
Boxer
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Less active, heavy panting.

Medication Used

none

My boxer, Titan, has had a swollen abdomen for about 4 days now. I looks like the stomach of a puppy with worms but he has no worms and is 6 yrs old. He started panting heavily last night. I recently lost my job and have no means to have him seen by a vet at the moment but don't want to lose him. He isn't eating as much but is eating and drinking. What, if anything, can i do at home to help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There unfortunately isn't anything that you can do at home to help. He needs to be seen to determine if his belly is swollen like that because of gas, fluid, or a tumor. Some clinics do offer a 'free first exam', that you can use to at least have him seen and try to figure out what to do, and most clinics offer CareCredit as a form of payment for unexpected expenses. I hope that he is okay.

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Houston
Heeler mix
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloated
Normal stool
Normal urination
Abdomen not painful
Drinking heavily
Uninterested in food

Got home around 7 last night and my puppy Houston seemed to have a distended belly, but not painful to touch or press on. He pooped when I let him out normally. He did not finish his dinner (very abnormal) and was pacing and whining, yet alert. After some debate, I took him to an emergency vet. He vomited up dog food in the car on the way there (he gets very motion sick). At the emergency clinic, he laid on the floor and fell asleep, uninterested besides the occasional head tilt. They did not think it was bloat because of the vomiting and lack of pain in his abdominal, and did not seem concerned it was a blockage. He was given a shot of cerenia to help with upset tummy and told us to watch during the night and feed boiled chicken and rice. At 4AM he woke up, drank a good amount of water and peed and pooped normally, but his belly is still very bloated and tight.
Should I be concerned that this is bloat? Should I take him to our normal vet today if bloating does not go down?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Houston is having these problems. It would be a good idea to take him to your regular veterinarian, yes, if the bloating has not gone down - they will be able to take an x-ray if needed to try and determine the cause, whether it is gas, a foreign body, or gastric distension. I hope that he does well.

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Molly
Manchester Terrier
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Bloated stomach
Reduced appetite

Medication Used

Omeprazole
Gastrointestinal feed

Hi, my dog has had a swollen belly for the last three weeks. Ben to vets three times, been given meds for gastroenteritis and worms but neither has had an effect. Her appetite is poor - she is fussy with what she eats, and when she does will only eat a bit. She has been sick a handful of times. But yet she's is bright, and still lives to go out walking. Due to go back to the vets Weds morning. Please what can you suggest for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different possible causes for the symptoms you’re describing including infections, foreign objects, food intolerance, unappetising food, parasites among other causes; without examining Molly I cannot recommend treatment in this case, try to encourage her to eat by offering a different meal like some wet food or boiled chicken and rice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fergus
West Highland White Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My westie Fergus is 12 years old and a happy chap.
But I’ve noticed that for last few months his abdomen area is swollen and very hard.
He is eating and drinking fine. Still going for walks. Urinating and pooping fine, no diarrhoea etc but his spine and hip bones are sticking out as if he’s been starved for months

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. As dogs age, they can develop body changes, changes in nutritional needs, and metabolic diseases. It is great that he is still happy and bright, but it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian examine him, run some routine senior blood work, and make sure that he doesn't need a change in diet, or any supplements. I hope that he is okay!

My 13 year-old poodle has the exact same symptômes. What causes the bones (spine and hips) to stick out as though she has been starved which is not the case.

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Bryn
Boxer
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

Medication Used

prednisone

My dog has Lymphoma and has been on prednisone entering the third week since diagnosis and today has been heavily panting. Her tomach has looked increasingly bloated over the past week. I assumed it was from the prednisone since it can make people swell but am wondering if it is meaning we are entering her final stages. Does prednisone make her swell or is it coming towards the end.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for ocntacting us about Bryn. I'm sorry that you are both going through this. Prednisone does not tend to cause swelling of the abdomen. She should probably see her veterinarian in the morning for a recheck, a reassesment, and to make sure that her quality of life is still okay. I wish her the best.

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Sophie
Mini Bolonauzer
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hard bloated stomach

Sophie’s stomach is bloated and hard, and tenses up when touched. Has a lot of twitching within her belly and I can hear gurgling at times. Any ideas of what this sounds like? This started 2 days ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many conditions which may cause bloating and gurgling in the abdomen which may include infections, parasites, food intolerance, ate something she shouldn’t, poisoning, gulping air among other causes. You could wait to see if it passes, but you should visit your Veterinarian if it doesn’t improve as they may decompress the stomach and examine Sophie to look for other symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

good afternoon my puppy tummy is swelling and is getting fever she is 2 months 8 days and i am miles away from the vet what should i do

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Oscar
Doberman Pinscher
6 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

over eating

distended puppy abdomen- I picked up the larges size of Doberman Litter, brought home,
noticed his abomen looks large, especially compared to his siblings. Owner said he has dewormed the puppies and had the first vet exam cleared and even showed me the letter from the vet.
None of the other puppies from the litter had this large abdomen.
Puppy is eating well, his stool is soft though.
Seller said, she dewormed the puppies.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Worms are a common cause of an enlarged abdomen in puppies; you can try giving another anthelmintic after two weeks in case of worms. Other causes may be due to infections, foreign bodies, diet, gas among other conditions; I would keep an eye on Oscar for the time being and if the abdomen is still enlarged in a day or so you should get him checked out by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophia
Miniature Pinscher
13 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My puppy seems fine she is running fine playing fine none of her everyday behavior has changed. But her belly seems really large tonite and it's a bit concerning to me cause it seems to of happens in a few hrs

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a distended abdomen which may include parasites, gas, intestinal obstruction among other causes; ensure that Sophia is up to date on her worming medication. Keep an eye on her, but if there is no improvement take her to her Veterinarian on Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Egypt
pitbull
7 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I came home and my pitbull has a distended abdomen. No pain to palpation. Activity is normal She seems to have normal Bowel sounds. No diarrhea or vomiting that I have seen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A distended abdomen by be caused by gas, fluid, fat or organ enlargement; if Egypt is otherwise in good spirits, keep an eye on her for now but if there is no change in the abdomen or you notice other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

It resolved itself after a BM. Over the years I have dealt with bloat. I came home to a dead dog Tragic. Another with a ruptured splenic tumor. Another on xray revealed wide spread cancer. Another was a breakin on a large bag of dog food.
All except the dog food were in extreme pain. I think last night my girl may have eaten most everyone's food. Usually not a problem here they are all good eaters. Thanks for the advice

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Babies
shi-toy poodle
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drinking alot, eating less, bloated

My 12 yr old shizuh toy poodle started peeing in the house, just little spots. She is drinking alot of water, but not eating to much. Weak and sleeps all the time. Losing weight, but her belly is distended and tight. I am afraid she is dying.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes and the distended abdomen may be due to fluid (ascites) accumulating in the abdomen; causes include liver disease, low blood protein, heart failure, kidney issues among other causes. You should take Babies into your Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to see the underlying cause and to offer any possible treatment or management options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Malti-Poo
9
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi,
I have a 9 year old Maltipoo named Molly and she has had a distended abdomen for several years now but x-ray and blood work were negative. Around September, she started to lose her appetite and didn't want to eat and seemed depressed. She did seem to consume more water. The vet at that time did blood work and it showed that she had kidney disease. The vet started her on a renal diet, Azodyl and Epakitin at that time and retested her blood work a week ago (1 month period) and the results were even worse then before. Repeat abdominal x-ray was done and this time it showed an enlarged spleen, so an ultrasound was done and the vet said the spleen as a little big but not anything that would hurt Molly. However, her kidneys were shrunken and the vet said she is at stage 3-4 kidney disease and has 6 months - 1 year to live. When they did the blood work and they also did a UA, which showed Molly had a UTI so she was started on antibiotics. The vet also recommended that Molly get IV fluids daily, which I am giving to her. I still don't have an answer as to why Molly's abdomen is distended. She seems to be perkier with the IV fluids and she is still eating as long as I put some boiled chicken or fish in her food. I am planning to take her to another vet for a second opinion... your thoughts and advise is greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point, it is a case of reducing the workload of the kidneys as well as providing symptomatic and supportive care; depending on the size of Molly’s spleen, this may account for the distended abdomen if it is pushing other abdominal organs out of the way. A consultation with another Veterinarian is always a good idea, but the shrunken kidneys are also a concern; the ultrasound would have shown any structural issues with the kidneys which there seems to be none (apart from being shrunken). Regular blood testing is important to gauge how well management is going. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Asia
Chihuahua
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

Our dog Asia is 11 yrs old and she’s a small dog, her belly is swollen and more so on the right side. She’s not eating much but still drinking but sometimes when she’s sleeping we think she’s having seizures in her sleep because she suddenly wakes up and her head goes back n her front legs get stiff n she whines. We have never experienced anything like this, what’s going on?! Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no ‘at home help’ for these symptoms you are describing; it sounds like there may be something going on with Asia’s liver and you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and some blood tests. Without an examination it would be irresponsible to recommend anything with the swelling of the abdomen and neurological symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I'm talking about after she been bred. She's getting big at the top. When will her belly fill up

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Sissie
Chihuahua
14 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

Medication Used

Antibiotics? N a shot and cough syrup

Sissie was diganoised with a heart murmur, she has fainting spells gagging type cough, breathing heavy at times, the vet said the heart murmur would eventually take her life, tonight her belly is firm n swollen, breathing looks uncomfortably, however she eats,drinks n potties,this diagnosed was about a month ago, she was given cough syrup n andibotics,actually that is when she started her fainting spells, the vet said she was to old for any treatmens such as surgery, do I plan for the worst or getto a vet is there anything I can do for her until morning, she doesn't appear in in pain, just uncomfortably, her gums a pink in color, what do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Try to keep Sissie calm and relaxed, in the morning take her to her Veterinarian as it sounds like fluid may be accumulating in the abdomen (and possibly the lungs) which would be consistent with heart failure; there is little else I can advise at this time without examining her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
German Shepherd
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog stomach started to grow, we think she is preganant as it is getting bigger. We never noticed when she went into heat and don't know about how long she's been pregnant. I'm currently pregnant so haven't had a chance to really watch her, she mostly lives outside, today I went to look at her and her belly has really grown and she seems week. I looked at her nipples but they don't seem to be carrying milk, they don't looked like they're filling up. Is it normal for pregnant dogs to not show breast growth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Not all pregnant dogs will show nipple swelling during pregnancy, sometimes mammary development doesn’t occur until the week or so before whelping; gestation in dogs is around 63 days, but if you don’t know that she was in heat it isn’t possible to know if she is pregnant or not. Other causes for abdominal distension may be due to gas or ascites which would be indicative of a serious medical condition; since Luna is feeling lethargic, it may be worth having your Veterinarian give her a once over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

You don't know when/if your dog is in heat because she lives outside. Why would you even subject her to getting pregnant with all the unwanted dogs in this world. Get her spayed!

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Grace
Boston Terrier
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 11 year old Boston Terrier has an distended abdomen, swelling in her back legs from the knee down to her feet. She is drinking not eating. She is urinating and has diarrhea. She has rapid breathing at times.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fluid accumulation in the abdomen and limbs can be indicative of a few possible causes, these may include issues with the heart or liver so it is important for your Veterinarian to examine Grace to determine what the underlying cause is. Distension of the abdomen may also be caused by gas which can be just as serious; without examining Grace I cannot start to advise on a possible course of action. I would advise you visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible so an underlying cause can be determined and treatment can be directed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kong
Pekingese
8
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing
Bloated
Decrease in activity

My dog has had a bloated stomach for about three days. He still eats, poops, pees and can lay down. No sign of pain just uncomfortable. This is reoccurring, last time was a few months ago. His gums are white and black now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bloated stomach may be caused by gas or fluid, the white gums is also concerning and may indicate anaemia which may also explain the breathing difficulty (less red blood cells carrying oxygen leads to an increase in respiration). I would strongly suggest visiting your Veterinarian and having a blood test to help determine the primary cause of the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE VET! Your dog has white and black gums and your online getting advice? Just put the dog in the car and GO!!!

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Little Anne
Beagle
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abdominal distention, frequently drinks, urinates

My 13 year old beagle has never been over weight but suddenly appeared "fat" (distention). She also began drinking enormous amounts of water and urinating very frequently. Her appetite is perfectly normal and stools normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of abdominal distension and is usually attributable to gas or fluid (you can normally tell by palpation and a dog’s weight); an increase in thirst and urination may be indicative of a few different causes including hormonal conditions (Cushing’s Disease - also causes a ‘pot bellied’ appearance), liver issues, kidney issues, urinary tract infections among other causes. I would visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to check urine and blood as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/cushings-disease

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Drake
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Coughing
Bloated Abdomen
Heart Murmur
Wheezing for air
Loose stools
Ribs showing

I'm caring for my brother's 8yr old lab. He took him to the vet last week, and was told that his dog had enlarged internal organs & enlarged lymph nodes. The vet said his dog would need an ultrasound to determine cause & treatment. His dog also coughs quite frequently, sounds like he might throw up, but doesn't. He sounds like he is wheezing at times as well. He seems to have a good appetite, and likes to walk every day. But I am very concerned because his ribs are showing, very bloated stomach, and the wheezing seems to get worse as the day goes on. Oh, he also has rather loose stools.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous causes for a distended or enlarged abdomen, your Veterinarian would normally be able to palpate organs to determine if there is any enlargement (feels different to fluid etc…). An ultrasound would be the next step in the process to see which organs are enlarged and to determine if there are any tumours or other anomalies which would help in the diagnostic process; also your Veterinarian may choose to take an ultrasound guided biopsy for histopathology. Wheezing and respiratory issues may be due to the diaphragm being unable to assist with breathing due to abdominal distension. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harry
West Highland White Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Distended belly, coughing

My dog is coughing. His belly looks distended and when I touch it, he starts to cough. He is eating well and takes walks. I have an appointment with his vet but the earliest is in 4 days

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coughing and distended abdomen may be due to heart failure (fluid accumulates in the abdomen), Cushing’s Disease, liver problems, cancer and other causes; without examining Harry I cannot give you many details but your Veterinarian may want to take some blood tests and an x-ray to assist with the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Delilah
miniature poodle
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

distended belly
Somehwat lethargic

My mother's miniature poodle has long looked like a potato with legs. She doesn't seem overweight or obese - there isn't much fat on her elsewhere - but her belly seems very distended (and has for some time). She doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain or discomfort generally, and she loves to go for walks/exercise. She's a bit older, maybe 7-8. Other than that, she seems in fairly good health, maybe sometimes acts as if she doesn't see very well (especially at night), and has pretty chronic allergies and gets shots for them regularly (I believe).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A distended abdomen may or may not be something to be concerned about, it may be just fat; however, there are some conditions like Cushing’s Disease, other hormonal conditions, tumours, heart failure and other causes which may be causing this distention. Ideally, you should visit Delilah’s Veterinarian for a check over to see if there is anything to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abi
Ridgeback
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

hard lymph node in groin

Noticed changes in her activity level three weeks ago, culminating this week with lethargy, increased heart rate accompanied by rapid breathing which begins in the late afternoon/early evening and continues until the morning hours, distended stomach, weakness in back legs, may be pregnant; lymph nodes hard for last 3 or 4 weeks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for the symptoms described and may be attributable to a few different conditions like infections, hormonal disorders, cancer, liver disease etc… Since Abi is having problems with rapid heart rate and breathing changes it would be best to have her Veterinarian take a look at her and possibly take a blood test to check blood count levels as well as liver and kidney function. Treatment would be based on your Veterinarian’s findings. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hey Lesley, how is Abi doing? My Rhodesian Ridgeback Tommy is suffering from similar symptoms, he's 10 so we are all fearing sinister causes. He's seeing the vet again tomorrow, hoping for good news though prepared for the worst. All the best to you and Abi! Marco

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Baby
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting drinking water and pacing
, painful
Anxious

My baby has a bloated stomach and spine compressed by the gas in the stomach confirmed by X-ray just now, can't eat and drink well, painful lifting his legs when urinate, and walking upstairs, vomited saliva

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A bloated stomach can be a life threatening condition and may result in a torsion of the stomach (or twisted gut) which is uncommon in labradors but still may occur. Decompression of the stomach is usually the first step to relieve the pressure and make the dog more comfortable, this can be performed by passing a tube to the stomach; if a tube wouldn’t pass or the stomach on the x-ray had a characteristic “Smurf Hat” appearance the stomach may have twisted. Passing of a tube to relieve the pressure and a lavage of the stomach are the first aid steps required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.acvs.org/small-animal/gastric-dilatation-volvulus

 

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