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I have a 6 week old black lab puppy and it has a chunky belly that's firm but also squishy. He acts normal he poops normal and pees normal and for the most part acts normal. I'm curious of what bloat looks and feels like in such a young puppy

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?

Murphy

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Murphy?

Not that I'm aware of no. I haven't gotten him to a vet yet

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Rather than bloat which has a more defined meaning of profound gastric distension resulting in a very firm and balloon-like feel and appearance, your puppy may be colicky which defines excessive gas throughout his gastrointestinal tract. His overall behavior, however, suggests that his "chunky belly" may be quite normal for him. Be sure that you worm him with an over the counter product containing pyrantel. This should be done every 2 weeks until he's 12 weeks of age. At his first puppy exam, his vet will go over Murphy's early care for you but you can get started with his worming now if you haven't already done so. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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