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Welcome to JustAnswer, this is Dr. Christie.
I am sorry Phoenix is not feeling well.
I have a few quick questions for you.
Has Phoenix had any vomiting or wretching, but not bringing anything up?
What kind of dog (breed) or mix of dog is Phoenix?
Does she have any bloating to her belly?
No vomiting or wretching.
She is a black and tan coonhound mutt. Tummy is a little bloated. Don't know if she has diarrhea.
If you look at her gums, what color are they?
Pink, pale pink, white?
Pink and black. She will accept food and treats.
Good! Is she keeping down water?
Yes. Her eyes were watery as well.
Ok thank you for the information.
I am worried that Phoenix is experiencing bloat.
In deep chested dogs, this can be life threatening because as the stomach fills with gas, it can twist on itself.
Some symptoms of bloat include swollen abdomen, excessive drooling, restlessness, unproductive wretching or vomiting.
Are the dogs usually in pain?
They can be, sometimes the only indications of pain are the drooling as well as the restlessness
Right now, after a small bit of food and a healthy drink of fresh water, she seems less restless.
Is she laying down and then getting up again over and over again?
No. She did not respond to our rubbing of her tummy as if it were tender.
If you have some pepto or milk of magnesia I would go ahead and give her some to help with any bloating she may have.
Certainly there are other possibilities-an upset stomach, parasites, infection.
Do you have pepto bismol or milk of magnesia?
We have pepto bismol.
Ok, about how much does Phoenix weigh?
About 80 pounds right now.
Ok, go ahead and get two teaspoons of pepto into Phoneix
Do not allow her to drnk alot of water, small amounts every hour to keep hydrated.
If her behavior continues, the agitation and drooling, get her to an emergency vet quickly!!
Here is a link concerning bloat: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1571&aid=402
You may want to put her on a bland diet for a few days of boiled rice and boiled chicken while her stomach settles down.
Then slowly reintroduce her normal kibble to her
Will do. Thank you very much. We will keep a close eye on her for the rest of the week and change her diet too.