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My teacup chihuahua is backup rapidly and making a sound of

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My teacup chihuahua is backup rapidly and making a sound of being uncomfortable, she's also burping a lot and can't seem to get comfortable, I'm not sure what is going on
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Backing up, meaning waking backwards rapidly
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

1) Any changes to her diet? New food? New treats? human food? holiday food?

2) Any vomiting or diarrhea?

3) Any history of illness or injury?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No on everything. She is hyperglycemic but she's not showing any signs of that being the problem. She's eating and drinking water
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Typically when we see dogs backing up it indicates that they are experiencing pain somewhere. The belching action makes me worry that this may be GI-related but we would expect to see vomiting or avoidance of meals. Is she panting at all?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No she's not panting. She's acting like she's cold but because of her size that's not out of the ordinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

If you are referring to shivering and seeking shelter in blankets, this may also indicate pain.

She can have a 1/4 dose of a regular adult gas-x to help with the belching. This should not keep your vet from using any medication in the near future if she needs to be examined. Ensure that the product you use does not contain xylitol.

After giving this, I would wait a few hours to see if this gives her relief from the discomfort she's experiencing and the belching symptoms. If it does not, I would plan to see your vet in the morning for a physical exam unless she worsens before morning at which point I would go to the ER. Your vet may recommend blood work to check her internal organ values which might be causing her discomfort (such as her pancreas) and may also recommend x-rays to ensure her neck, back and hips are not the source of the discomfort.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
She's always under the blankets. She's only 2lbs would I still give her medicine? She typically can't have anything at normal dose
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Yes, you're not going to harm anything with gas-X. The job of this medication is to help cut back on gas buildup in the system. Toxicity is very low for such a product. If you aren't sure, use less and see if she has any benefit from the dosing.