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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Dog panting all night poo around bottom not hungry

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Customer: dog panting all night poo around bottom not hungry
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: female staffy usually active in mornings not so now seems tight around belly chews everything sticks that sot of thing
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While her symptoms of panting (pain, usually), a "tight belly" (protecting her belly from further pain), and "poo around bottom" (an indication of diarrhea?) are important symptoms, they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. Her habit of chewing non-food items, however, would have me concerned about foreign body ingestion and either impaction or perforation of her GI tract.

Unless she's already improving, she's a good candidate for abdominal X-rays to better understand her GI health and if there is a foreign body inside her gut. If so, her vet needs to assess the likelihood of it passing through her unaided or, instead, whether or not she requires surgical intervention. If the X-rays are unremarkable, it's likely that her vet will recommended diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests looking for disorders outside the GI tract which can manifest as GI distress such as pancreatitis and hepatitis.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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