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My dog ate clumping litter, some cat food her regular

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My dog ate clumping litter, some cat food her regular dinner. Now has a painful abdomen. I did not realize her discomfort when I fed her at 6
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I don't know why it's connecting me to a cat vet
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Hi there, I am Dr. Kane and can help you with your dog. Has she vomited at all? What are the signs of pain she is showing?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No vomiting. Full tight and painful to the touch but she gets up moves around and other than the belly showing no signs of distress
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I'm not sure about her pooping but as of this morning I do believe all was well with that
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It's raining the grass is wet and she is a basset hound so sometimes she won't go out I the rain
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Oh no, sounds pretty uncomfortable. How long ago did she eat the litter, and when did she start exhibiting these signs of pain? Has she had any dry heaving at all?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
This evening
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Also- about how much did she ingest?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No more than 4 poops over 2 days
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She stole the cats food this morning
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
begged for dinner on time as usual
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She is a glutton hound
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Does she seem restless at all, like she cant get comfortable?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She is lounging long instead of a hound dog ball
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
But lounging yes
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

So it was a fairly small amount of litter- just what was coating the poop?

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

So it was a fairly small amount of litter- just what was coating the poop?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
When I messed with her she cried and changed lounging spot
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Scoop Away
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

OK. I'm going to have you try a little test- offer her a very small morsel of food or treat, and let me know if she readily eats it, or turns away.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She ate it but slower but like a kid that ate too much cake. Tail wagging. Cool we nose
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Actually once she decided to eat it I removed it
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She is drinking water
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Ok, that's a good sign. Makes me less concerned about the tense bloated abdomen being due to a serious condition where the stomach can twist and fill up with air. She may have something called a "food bloat" however. Sometimes these need to be treated with fluids in the hospital to help keep the body hydrated as its trying to digest the massive amount of food. It happens when too much is ingested at once. The other concern is the kitty litter- it can impact and cause obstruction in the stomach or bowels- fluids/hydration may help prevent this. The third concern I have is that the abdominal tensing may not be due to what she ate at all, but could be referred back pain. Bassett hounds can be prone to back issues and sometimes discerning back from abdominal pain can be difficult. I would let her have as much water as she wants, but consider bringing her in for hydration, and potentially x-rays if she worsens to be sure an impaction is not developing. Did this help?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She lets me "examine her bones" like a doggie massage that helps me help her! I'm certain it's not her back
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Another person says pumpkin
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Good- I'm glad her back seems comfortable. As far as the canned pumpkin- I'm not sure adding to the bulk in her GI tract is the right thing here.

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

I hope this helped- and hope that your Bassett feels better soon! Please rate me when you have a moment.

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 6 months ago.

Please provide a rating when you have a moment.

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 5 months ago.

Please don't forget to provide a rating!