How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Pet Doc Your Own Question
Pet Doc
Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 6478
Experience:  Veterinarian
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Pet Doc is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My chihuahua puppys entire belly is swollen. It is firm to

This answer was rated:

My chihuahua puppy's entire belly is swollen. It is firm to the touch. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, but it came on very suddenly, and I'm concerned.

Hi thereCustomer


Thank you for your question regarding your Chichuahua puppy. How old is he please? When did you notice the swelling come up? Has he been wormed? Has he had any vomiting or diarrhea? Is he still passing BM's?


I look forward to hearing from you asap.


Kind Regards,


Dr M D Edwards

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
He is a month old. I noticed about a half hour ago. He hasn't had any shots yet. No vomiting, but he has had diarrhea for a couple days now. I bought him some puppy food, but he is literally too small to eat the kibble, so I have been feeding him eggs for the past week or so. A few hours ago, though, I gave him the Iam's puppy food soaked in water. Maybe the sudden food change is shocking him somehow? Like I said, though, he doesn't seem to be hurting, even when I squeeze the swelling.

Hi againCustomer


If he hasn't had any vomiting, is just swollen and doesn't seem to be in pain, it is must likely he just has a little bit of bloat and gas due to the Iam's puppy food. Also be sure that he is up to date with worm control as this can cause abdominal swelling (albeit not so suddenly). You will need to keep a close eye on him tonight as it is a little worrying he has had diarrhea for the last couple of days. If he develops vomiting or seems painful tonight then you really need to get him to your local ER Vet tonight if you can. If he makes it through the night ok, it would be a good idea to get him to your regular Vet tomorrow if you can. Please keep a close eye on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows:


Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appeal white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.


Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanced white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.


Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.


There are a few things that could be going on here other than just being bloated, so this is why it is important to keep an eye on him. This could include anything from a partial chronic obstruction, a full complete obstruction or even something like an intersucception where the bowel telescopes in on itself. Hopefully the cause for your boy's diarrhea is just diet related or gastroenteritis rather than something infectious like Parvo!


Best of luck with your Chihuahua puppy and please let me know how you get on. Again - keep a close eye on him and take him off to the emergency Vet if you are worried tonight otherwise straight to your regular Vet in the morning. Be sure to give your dog a pat and a cuddle from me and please reply if you need further info.

Thank you and please now click ACCEPT.


Kind Regards,


Dr M D Edwards

Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 6478
Experience: Veterinarian
Pet Doc and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Previous | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL

Meet The Experts:

  • Dr. Gary

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Joan's Avatar


    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • Candy's Avatar


    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • 's Avatar

    Satisfied Customers:

  • Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew


    Satisfied Customers:

    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery