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Hello, This is Dr. Jess and I am sorry to hear your dog isn't feeling well. How long has his problem been going on? How large of a dog is he?
I am sorry I am not set up to take phone calls, if you like I can opt out of the question and you can see if someone else can take your call. If not, I can tell you Based on the information in your description I am very concerned your dog could be experiencing what we called a gastric dilatation volvulus or GDV, also called "Bloat". This is an emergency situation and requires immediate veterinary treatment. I would strongly recommend that you take him to the nearest emergency clinic immediately. If he truly has bloat, the longer you wait to treat him the more his condition will worsen and the less likely treatment will be successful.
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The foaming/drooling combined with distended abdomen and discomfort are all signs of bloat. We usually see it more commonly in larger dogs, but I have seen it in dogs 40 lbs and under as well.
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Ok, as I said, I would strongly recommend taking your dog to the emergency clinic immediately. Bloat is a life threatening condition that must be treated, usually with surgery. Other causes of a distended abdomen in a 12 year old dog would be fluid buildup in the abdomen, most often from a bleeding tumor, which is also an emergency situation.
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