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is it bloat?!?!
worrywort126 posted:
i have a 4yo beagle/coonhound mix (only 45lbs). i woke up to him reluctant to get out of bed, though he was alert. he is hunched over,facing the ground. he comes when called, but not happily. he is selectively eating and drinking as normal. also using the bathroom as normal, no accidents. he does whimper whenever he jumps/climbs onto or off of the couch. i've given simethicone, to ease any gas pain, but not results yet. i worry about him, but money is an issue and i would rather not go to the vet if it's not needed and i'm overreacting. PLEASE post if you have any similar stories or if you can help
Home2strays responded:
If it is bloat you have very little time to get him to a vet and save his life. mine bloated , I had her to my vet (where i work) she made it through surgery but died the next day because she became septic. A simply xray will tell you if thats it but I hope you take him in quickly
Home2strays responded:
ok it said my comment didnt post- in a nutshell take him to a vet immediatley, an xray will let you know if thats the problem and if it is he'll need to go into surgery asap. My dog died from bloat and I work at an animal hospital- she had top notch care within 5 hrs and still died.
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear Worrywort126
For more information on bloat you can review this blog.

Keep in mind not every stomachache is bloat. Your guy could have intestinal parasites, pancreatitis or something totally unrealated to his digestive track like neck or back pain.

A trip to the veterinarian would be a good idea. Please tell the vet your financial concerns upfront to help them prioritze the diagnostic evaluation.

Ann Hohenhaus


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