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No 24 hours. Every hard stomach and signs of discomfort.

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No bm for over 24 hours. Every hard stomach and signs of discomfort. Yelps when I puck her up.
JA: IÂ’m sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Caddy age 11 this month.
JA: How old is Caddy?
Customer: 11 years
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Caddy?
Customer: Not drinking water. Not interested in treats.
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Has been fed pumpkin.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.
Hello and thank you for your question. It appears that the Expert you were hoping to speak with is not currently available. I have stepped in to assist you in their absence so that you have a prompt reply to your question. If you would rather wait for the Expert you had originally contacted, just let me know. Otherwise, I’ll be happy to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) When did this begin? 2) What breed is she?3) Is she still eating and drinking? 4) Any past history of injury? 5) Is she active now or has her activity slowed?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Small signs last week.
Long haired dachshund.
3. Has already been answered if you read the previous answers. If not is this real?
No injury.
Prefers to lay around under my bed.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I paid to talk to a vet. Or maybe I should cxl.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.
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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I will stay with you. I have concerns. Caddy is eating pumpkin, boiled chicken and a drizzle of probiotics yogurt.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.
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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Very tiny serving of chicken. Just enough to strike interest.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.
It sounds like Caddy is showing classic signs of an affliction that we commonly see in dachshunds called Intervertebral Disk Disease.There's more information here: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_dg_intervertebral_disc_diseaseIVDD symptoms can range from mild back pain and spasms to complete paralysis of the hind legs. The tense stomach, pickiness with her food, the tenderness when she's picked up, etc. all suggest that she's battling back problems. The best approach to this is to have her examined. Your vet will want to do a full neurological exam on her and likely also perform some x-rays on her spine. They will then likely recommend cage rest for the next week or so, along with canine-safe NSAIDs, pain meds and muscle relaxers. Depending on what is found on the exam, your vet may also refer you over to a specialist who can perform more in-depth diagnostics to determine the severity of her condition. To help with her pain when being picked up, there's an instructional video here on how to avoid further harm to their back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y91s2SqOKYE Did my response help to answer all of the questions that you had regarding your companion?Once you're satisfied with our dialogue, please take the time to issue a rating for me so that I am compensated for helping you today.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Please address bm. Or the lack of a bm.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.
Because of the discomfort in her back, she's likely either holding it until she absolutely must go or she may be having problems regulating when she needs to defecate. Both can happen with dogs who have back pain, although the latter is more common in dogs with advanced symptoms of IVDD. If she's had any decrease her in food intake, this may also be causing part of the concern as it will slow her BM production. When your vet takes x-rays, they will be able to tell you what is causing this concern as they can tell where in her intestines the stool is present and whether or not she actually needs to go. Once you're satisfied with our dialogue, please take the time to issue a rating for me so that I am compensated for helping you today.

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