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Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I'm sorry to hear about your little one Vader. I am very, very concerned about him.
Is he straining to pass stools?
Is he eating today?
With such intense abdominal pain I would be concerned about an intestinal obstruction, an intestinal intussusception (one part of the intestine telescoping into the next) or a volvulus (twisting of the intestines and interfering with blood flow to the intestine) or a severe bacterial or viral infection.
If Vader is not eating and drinking and is as painful as you describe then he should be seen by a veterinarian on an emergency basis.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Did he pass stool earlier today when he was feeling himself or after this began?
I am glad that he is drinking, but not eating in a small breed puppy this age is dangerous, they can quickly become hypoglycemic.
I understand. So its possible that the stool passed and then whatever is behind it (obstruction, intussusception, etc) is what is causing him discomfort now. I really think an emergency visit is best now.
You are very welcome. Please let me know how things go for your little one.
I am very glad to hear that your little one is feeling better.
It is possible that he had an intussusception and it resolved. That can happen in young puppies when they occur secondary to a viral infection or a heavy parasite burden, both of which can cause spastic intestinal motions. Sometimes they recur, and don't resolve on their own, so you will need to watch him closely.
If these pups have not been wormed I highly recommend dosing them with pyrantel now, and repeating every 2 weeks for 4 treatments, then monthly.