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My 14 year sheltie can't stand up anymore. His stomach is…

My 14 year sheltie...

My 14 year sheltie can't stand up anymore. His stomach is swollen, but his BM has been normal. Is this just old age?

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Einstein

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He is alert, suffers from arthrits

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Dr. John
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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I AM NOT SET UP TO MAKE PHONE CALLS, BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ONLINE. THE WEBSITE SENDS THE REQUESTS; NOT MYSELF. If he has an enlarged or distended abdomen, that is usually due to some type of disease process. It could be a mass in the abdomen. It could be an enlarged stomach from trapped gas (bloat). Or it could be fluid buildup in the abdomen (most common) from liver or kidney problems, right sided heart failure, bleeding from a tumor or chronic gastrointestinal issues. It is difficult to say if the issues with standing are related to arthritis or just weakness from whatever is going on. Either way, I would highly recommend getting him in to see your vet to get a full exam, blood work and x-rays. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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