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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear Bella is not feeling well
Is she having any loose stools? Any signs of nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass, gurgling stomach) or vomiting?
hi Dr. Altman. No loose stools. She constantly licks her licks, but no extra salivation or eating grass. Just lots of gas
OK, is she lethargic as well?
Stool is soft, but she always has softer stool. nothing unusual.
No, she's running around, jumping. Seems ok. Just sleepy...which is normal.
The increased stinky gas does tend to be associated with clostridial gi infections. The clostridium eats any digestive matter and produces that smelly gas as a by-product
Has she had a recent veterinary exam? Would your clinic run a fecal analysis without an exam?
She's had colitis in the past. She has a history of GI issues. Pancreatitis test always comes up neg.
She did have vienna sausages last week :-(
Unfortunately pork in general can cause this type of condition
last vet visit was in July.
So it might be worthwhile to see if they will, especially with a chronic history
Is Clostridium a bacterial infection?
I know I commonly will do fecals in these situations and treat if I have seen them recently and this is a chronic situation
Clostridium is a normal bacteria of the gi tract that increases with stress (physical like the sausage ingestion or emotional like moving or boarding) and can cause bloody and mucus stools over time
She had a bloody stool back in the summer and the doc gave her a syringe that cleared her up. she kept eating during that time though.
i normally don't give her anything but rice and chicken with veggies. this was a special good girl treat.
Each infection can reflect differently in each pet and/ or each reinfection
No more of those! Especially with her history...
she eats good foot, healthy food.
Oh no more of those. I'll take her to the vet
Anything pork should be avoided
You are very welcome. How else can I assist you today?
That's it. Thank you.
You are very welcome
Good luck to you both, please let me know if I can be of any further assistance!
Hi Dr. Altman. I took Bella to the vet and all her tests came back negative. He thought she had pancreatitis and he wanted to keep her for 3 days and give her a sonogram. I told him to wait on the sonogram until her results came back. So he gave her IV fluids and she came home with meds to coat her tummy. She ate 2 1/2 bowls of boiled chicken last night and did a #2 this morning. She didn't eat breakfast but I was still happy with her because she ate a lot last night and will prob eat tonight. She's on a medicine for her tummy and the doctor still wants her to come in if she isn't better in a few days. She's looking bright eyed and full of energy. he thinks she has irritable bowel disease. I'm still not clear on what that is, but he's pressing me for that sonogram. I've been researching what to feed her for that and what things to remove from her diet. I can't afford another $350 bill right now. I have more questions, but I will have to pay you for the answer I'm sure. Thanks for checking back!