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My 13 year old pug ate a different type of food today and

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her belly is very swollen JA...
My 13 year old pug ate a different type of food today and her belly is very swollen
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Wheezer
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Wheezer?
Customer: She doesn't seem to be in pain or distress, but her belly is huge
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your girl Wheezer. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next 5 minutes.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Dog Veterinarian: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with Wheezer this evening but given this all started after the change of diet today, it is likely related to that. Because she is older however, we also have to consider whether she could have fluid in her abdomen, or some other cause for this bloated appearance. If she is particularly bloated, and/or if her breathing seems to be affected, then you will need to get her seen by your local ER vet tonight.

For now, make sure Wheezer has plenty of fresh water available and encourage her to drink. You can with hold her food until the morning now, and from then you can start her on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice. Don't worry about getting her to eat tonight, but definitely encourage her to drink now and over night. If she isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making her up a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed her this luke-warm broth.

For now, please keep an eye on Wheezer's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows (do be careful that your girl doesn't try to bite you):

Mucus membranes - flip her lip and look at the color of her gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get her to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on her gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if she seems to be panting or breathing rapidly throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

For now, you may also want to try her with a little pepcid. The typical dose for this type of situation is 0.25mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily. You can read more about the use of Pepcid in dogs online here: http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid

Best of luck with Wheezer and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if she can't keep water down, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get her seen tonight. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Dog Veterinarian: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Hi again,

Hopefully all of Wheezer's parameters were normal. Let me know if you have any other questions.

I will wait to hear from you.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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