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Hi there, I am Dr. Kane and can help you with your dog. Has she vomited at all? What are the signs of pain she is showing?
Oh no, sounds pretty uncomfortable. How long ago did she eat the litter, and when did she start exhibiting these signs of pain? Has she had any dry heaving at all?
Also- about how much did she ingest?
Does she seem restless at all, like she cant get comfortable?
So it was a fairly small amount of litter- just what was coating the poop?
OK. I'm going to have you try a little test- offer her a very small morsel of food or treat, and let me know if she readily eats it, or turns away.
Ok, that's a good sign. Makes me less concerned about the tense bloated abdomen being due to a serious condition where the stomach can twist and fill up with air. She may have something called a "food bloat" however. Sometimes these need to be treated with fluids in the hospital to help keep the body hydrated as its trying to digest the massive amount of food. It happens when too much is ingested at once. The other concern is the kitty litter- it can impact and cause obstruction in the stomach or bowels- fluids/hydration may help prevent this. The third concern I have is that the abdominal tensing may not be due to what she ate at all, but could be referred back pain. Bassett hounds can be prone to back issues and sometimes discerning back from abdominal pain can be difficult. I would let her have as much water as she wants, but consider bringing her in for hydration, and potentially x-rays if she worsens to be sure an impaction is not developing. Did this help?
Good- I'm glad her back seems comfortable. As far as the canned pumpkin- I'm not sure adding to the bulk in her GI tract is the right thing here.
I hope this helped- and hope that your Bassett feels better soon! Please rate me when you have a moment.
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