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I have an 8 yr old miniature Doberman she hasn't eaten all

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I have an 8 yr old miniature Doberman she hasn't eaten all day (very unusual ) and her stomach is hard as a rock and she yelps when I try to pick her up. She's shaking when I touch her
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could she have eaten something she should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Any breathing changes?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No I don't think she has eaten anything unusual. My husband said she has eaten a grease hopper and grass. She looks frightened. Her ears are down
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Could she possibly be overheated? She goes to door but then changes her mind
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Thank you,

First, I have to say that I am quite concerned about your mention of a hard stomach and pain reaction when handling Haley. This is because it does raise worries of gut blockages, gut twists, and trauma. Heat stroke or overheating could cause panting, lethargy, and appetite loss but it would not explain her pain or the hard belly.

Therefore, if she is showing pain when handled (especially when you lift her with pressure on her abdomen) and that belly is truly as hard as a rock, we'd be more worried about one of these urgent situations. Therefore, with so many serious concerns that could cause serious harm if left, I do have to warn that this would be a situation where we'd be safest to have Haley seen now. Her vet can determine if any of these emergency issues are present and at the very least get her started on injectable gut safe pain relief. That way we can get her comfortable and head off any potential harm here for your lass.

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Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello again,

How is everything going with your wee one?

Dr. B