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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry the expert you requested is not available. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am sorry to learn your dog is not feeling well. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.
1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
2- Any changes in respiration?
3- Can you expand or elaborate on his stomach contracting?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Is he drinking?
1- Is he drinking more than usual?
2- Is the stomach contraction ongoing non-stop?
Are you seeing any abdominal (belly) swelling?
1- How long since you notice the abdominal swelling?
2- Can you see if the belly contraction are occurring when he breaths out (expiration)?
Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, the contractions you are seeing in his belly is actually the abdominal muscles contracting; it sounds like he may be using his abdomen to help him breath. When this happens it could be a sign of pain, abdominal tumor, lung disease, etc. Is this a sign of him dying? No. But, it is a sign of an underlying medical problem that deserves attention and further investigating. This can be caused by pain secondary to neuromuscular disease, tumors (cancer), infections, kidney or liver disease, etc. to name a few causes. Any of these diseases will affect his appetite.
In this case unfortunately we are very limited as to what you can do at home. There is nothing that I can recommend for you to try at home that would have a significant therapeutic benefit. I would strongly recommend having him checked today by nearest veterinarian. To determine the exact underlying cause he will need blood work and xrays as initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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