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Our 3 year old French Bulldog has been moping for two days

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Our 3 year old French Bulldog has been moping for two days now, her stomach seems very tight. She pooped this morning and was her old self most of the day. eating off and on.

tonight her stomach is super tight again, eating treats ok but moping again. we had a dead bird in the back yard she may have eaten, it died hititng a window so probably no toxicicty to worry about.

wondering if an abdominal obstruction would present like this? at what point is it "pet ER " time? how long should we wait for xray?
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a 2003 graduate, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Cookie.
Good questions.

First, when is it an emergency?

Emergency:
If you observe any of the following, you'll want to get into a ER veterinarian for better supportive care:
- persistent vomiting or trying to vomit
- bad diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- poor appetite that persists
- excessive panting to suggest nausea or pain
- bloated belly appearance or a tense belly

But, honestly, the tense stomach is greatly concerning me, enough so, that a ER trip may be worth it now.

Yes, a stomach or intestinal obstruction could present with exactly these symptoms, even if no vomiting.

It's already been two days, so I already vote for that x-ray.

To help settle the stomach you can use of the following, but not as a replacement for veterinary examination include
1.Pepcid A.C. (famotidine) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
2.Prilosec (omeprazole). It comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
You can give in every 24 hours. You give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg
3.Zantac (Ranitidne). It comes in 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg sizes.
You can give it every 8 to 12 hours. You give 0.25 to 1mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get roughly 1/3 tablet of the 75mg. Even with bigger pets, it is easiest to get the smallest size tablet. Even a 75 pound dog would only need one 75mg tablet.

I hope that information has been helpful.
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