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my 4 year old yorkie is breathing heavy, tight stomach,(yelping

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my 4 year old yorkie is breathing heavy, tight stomach,(yelping when i apply pressuer to it) shaking, and just vomited for the first tim (white and foamy). he went to the vet 4 nights ago and had x-rays and blood test and a snap test done. (all were inconclusive the symptoms fade in and out. but he still remains very lathargic. he is eating and drinking and pooping regularly. at times he wonders around like he cannot get comfortable.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 3 years ago.
Do you know which snap test they used? There are various types of snaps. Most likely they either did a CPL for pancreatitis, or a 4dx for heartworm and tickborne diseases.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
im pretty sure it was for the pancres
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 3 years ago.

What you are describing is known as "acute abdomen". This is a result of visceral pain, which has a long list of possible causes. These include pancreatitis, dietary indiscretion or garbage gut, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, foreign objects, obstruction, and torsions.

 

Since he is still showing signs of pain and lethargy, I would start by repeating the CPL snap. Being a Yorkie, I'm definitely suspicious of pancreatitis.

 

If this is still not positive, I recommend continuing diagnostics with an ultrasound of his abdomen. That can be very helpful in distinguishing causes of acute abdomen.

 

Even without a diagnosis, I recommend getting him into the hospital for supportive care. I would start IV fluid therapy, anti emetic injections (anti vomit drug called Cerenia), and eventually appetite stimulants and a bland diet.

 

I hope that helps.

 

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