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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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My dog appears to be in somewhat constant pain and nausea

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Hi - my dog appears to be in somewhat constant pain and nausea (lip licking), with shallow quick breaths and panting. Blood work was normal, what the vet could see on x-ray and ultrasound looked normal. She won't leave our side and will twitch and yelp in pain. Should I ask for an upper GI or another test?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.

Hello. Sorry about the long wait.

I would probably move to intestinal biopsies at this time. That could be done surgically or via endoscopy. I prefer surgical biopsies, as the last part of the small intestine (ileum) is where I prefer to get diagnostic samples. That will tell us if it's some type of intestinal disorder. It may be IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), lymphangiectasia or some other more obscure disease.

The most likely diagnosis is IBD. This is managed with steroids (Prednisone) in dogs. We can also use other things- hypo-allergenic diet, Metronidazole, Tylan (antibiotic powder), other immuno-suppressants, ect.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hi Molly,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Peaches. How is everything going?
Dr. Gary