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Do dogs have appendicitis My 8 year old chihuahua has pain

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Do dogs have appendicitis? My 8 year old chihuahua has pain that causes her to yelp out and hide and then she seems to feel better. My vet has not been able to find anything by x-ray, sonagram.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 7 years ago.

Hi Janice,

I am sorry your baby has this trouble.


No dogs don't get appendicitis.


How long has she been doing this yelping and then hiding?


What is happening just prior?

Eating, sleeping, walking, other?


Does she eat and eliminate fine?

Is she overweight?





Customer: replied 7 years ago.

She has been doing it for about a year off and on - I always thought it was stomach upset, but now it is more frequent, maybe two or three times a week.

It only happens in the morning, she will not eat or drink, she is usually restless just prior to the crying out.

Most days she eats fine and she eliminates fine.

She is 12 pounds - a little overweight.

The mystery to me is that after the crying out she will eat and feel better after that.

Expert:  Terri Riba replied 7 years ago.

Dear Janice,


I am sorry your baby has this trouble

Coincidentally, I have an eight year old Chi as well. However, she only weighs 7 lbs.

I think your baby is a bit overweight. That puts pressure on their back and four inch legs.

She may have a touch of arthritis so her joints feel stiff when she wakes up. This usually resolves after the dog moves around awhile so it may be that her restlessness relieves her pain.


You can help by giving her a quarter tsp of Turmeric on her evening meal. That spice, sold in health food stores is a natural anti-inflammatory. Or try Lipoderm:


Or yucca intensive:


A warm heating pad and gentle massage should help as well


Please let me know how she is doing.


Best wishes for her,



BTW: Did you see Beverly Hills Chihuahua? I loved that movie so much I changed my dogs name to Chloe LOL

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Thank you Terri. My chihuahua (Prissy) is not a small dog. Her legs are more like 6 or 7 inches long. I have noticed this morning an improvement. I gave her the reglan last night before she went to bed instead of in the morning before she eats and she is eating!


Also I failed to mention an important sympton before - loud stomach sounds. Maybe I have found the answer.


I am sure she has some arthritis also, but I feel that this is stomach or colin. I will do this for a few days and if the problem continues I guess my vet will want to do an endoscopy next. Is there a way to check the colin in dogs besides an x-ray?

Expert:  Terri Riba replied 7 years ago.

Hi Janice,


If her stomach rumbles she likely has gas.

You can give reglan or pepsid in her evening food which will stop acid refux forming at night:


Also give her one tsp of plain yogurt every day for "good" bacteria.


Best wishes for her,



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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 7 years ago.

Dear Janice,


It is my pleasure to help someone as lovely as you and your sweet baby.


I will always be here for both of you.


Thank you for your above accept.


Best wishes for Prissy,