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    Hello, it's been a while since I've ventured here into the forums. I wish it were in better spirits, but I have a problem, and I desperately need advice and feedback.

    To clarify, we have just taken Rex, our dog, to the emergency clinic. (Literally just got home and sat down.) So I'm not coming on here, asking if I should take my dog to the vet or not. I need advice about what the vet there told me.

    Firstly, I'll start off by explaining what exactly is going on. About two days ago, Rex started eating irregularly. Now, this is not so unusual for Rex. He has a very sensitive stomach, and sometimes just doesn't feel like eating his breakfast or dinner. Unless he's doing this for a couple of days, we don't really worry about it. But it's been two days now, so today my fiance and I decided to take him to our regular vet tomorrow morning.

    Yesterday, Rex began gagging, but with no vomit. This is also something he does from time to time. Sometimes something won't agree with him, and he'll vomit... We figured this was why he wasn't eating. But today, I noticed his stomach growling, although he hadn't eaten breakfast. We were regretting not taking him to our vet today, but it was too late to schedule another appointment. But a couple of hours ago, I saw some bloating of Rex's stomach, and it alarmed me. We immediately called the emergency vet, and were there in about 20 minutes.

    I was madly looking up the symptoms on my phone as we rushed there, and while we were waiting on his X-Rays, and I found his symptoms matched Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, almost perfectly. However, when the vet came back in with the X-Ray results, she said that this was not what it was.

    Of course, she didn't know WHAT it was. She labeled off horrific things such as liver disease, kidney failure, and obviously, the big C. Needless to say, I was in tears by this point. It was then that she 'suggested' that the clinic hold him over night, pump him full of fluids, so on and so forth. I asked if that was necessary, and she gave me a vague 'well you never know' sort of answer, which I usually take for 'I just want to charge you a bunch of money'. I had a similar experience with my first dog after taking her to an emergency clinic, only to take her to my normal vet the next day and have them explain 'fear tactics' to me, and assure me that nothing was actually wrong with my dog. (And there wasn't.)

    I elected to take Rex home with us tonight, and focus on taking him to our usual vet in the morning. I'm nervous about my decision, but I just don't see the need to have him stay overnight if he is not in IMMEDIATE DANGER. The way I see it, that will just stress him further.

    My questions to you all is this:

    What else could this be?
    Has anyone here had their dog go through something similar, and if so, what was it?
    Is it possible this is actually just really bad gas?

    I know I'm taking him to the vet in 9 hours, but I need to gather some more information before then, or I feel like I'll go crazy.

    A quick break-down of his symptoms:

    - Mild lethargy
    - Gagging, but no vomit
    - Not eating well
    - Seemingly swollen stomach
    - Anal gland smell
    - Gas (although he's always pretty gassy)

    What was found on the X-Ray:

    - The vet claimed that there was no obstruction or bloat, but the X-Ray was 'hard to read', meaning that there could have been fluid or something to that effect.
    - The vet also said that he was 'uncomfortable' when she touched his stomach, but there seems to be no pain so far, which I was reading is common in both liver and kidney disease/failure.
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    Re: My Dog's Stomach is Bloated... Need advice, please!

    Did bloodwork get performed?
    I would try therapy but the couch was full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv mi pets View Post
    Did bloodwork get performed?
    No, bloodwork is happening tomorrow at our normal vet.

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    Get some liquid gas-x (usually in the baby section) at a 24-hour store. That will keep the gas down and help keep the bloating to a minimum. Maybe make him feel better. . .poor guy. I hope your vet can get this taken care of quickly!

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    Hopefully the bloodwork will give you answers. there could be so many things wrong. Like the e-vet listed most of them At least for now bloat was not one of them. And if it was gas it would show up in the x-rays.
    Start the coffee pot it will be a long night for you. Hopefully you will have answers tomorrow. Have them also do a pancreatitis test when they do the bloodwork. Like you I would have brought my dog home. If he gets worse you can always bring him back to the e-vet
    I would try therapy but the couch was full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Get some liquid gas-x (usually in the baby section) at a 24-hour store. That will keep the gas down and help keep the bloating to a minimum. Maybe make him feel better. . .poor guy. I hope your vet can get this taken care of quickly!
    So you think it sounds like gas? I'm still confused by what the vet told me, she was making it sound like it WASN'T gas, but all the symptoms point to gas.
    Also, great suggestion! Have you personally used liquid gas-x yourself? I think I may run out and grab some right now.

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    I would not give your dog anything. If it is not gas could cause more problems. Gas shows up as a dark spots on an x ray. Did he recently have a diet change? The dog sound to be having a pancreatic attack. You are on the web. Do searches on dogs with pancreatitis in dogs.
    I would try therapy but the couch was full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv mi pets View Post
    I would not give your dog anything. If it is not gas could cause more problems. Gas shows up as a dark spots on an x ray. Did he recently have a diet change? The dog sound to be having a pancreatic attack. You are on the web. Do searches on dogs with pancreatitis in dogs.
    That's true, I think I'll hold off on giving him anything. After typing that out I realized the vet warned me not to let him eat or drink anything until he sees the vet in the morning.
    I've been looking up pancreatitis in dogs, (one of the things that the vet mentioned,) and he doesn't appear to have any of the symptoms aside from lethargy and the swollen belly. He isn't vomiting, and although his stool today was softer than usual, he doesn't have diarrhea. So far the best fit for what he has is gas, the very thing I thought the vet said he DIDN'T have. I'm so confused by all this. :/

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    The gagging could be vomit but because of no food=no vomit. gagging can be a sign of an upset stomach. These are just some of the signs of pancreatitis. Not all dogs will exhibit all only some. Most of the dogs I see that get diagnosed with pancreatitis show no symptoms other than off of feed. For now just make sure your dog stays comfortable and be there at the doors when the vet opens up.
    I would try therapy but the couch was full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv mi pets View Post
    The gagging could be vomit but because of no food=no vomit. gagging can be a sign of an upset stomach. These are just some of the signs of pancreatitis. Not all dogs will exhibit all only some. Most of the dogs I see that get diagnosed with pancreatitis show no symptoms other than off of feed. For now just make sure your dog stays comfortable and be there at the doors when the vet opens up.
    Thank you... I certainly will. The emergency clinic should have already faxed the charts and x-ray to my vet... I'm so incredibly nervous, I wish the emergency vet would have been more helpful. :I

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    Let us know what you find out. Try to get some sleep and hopefully tomorrow your regular vet will give you a diagnosis in your favor. It could be cancer, IBD, or a hundred other things. Hopefully the bloodwork will show something. It is always better to have something show up than not knowing what is causing the symptoms. I know you are freaked out and I do not blame you at all.
    I would try therapy but the couch was full!

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    Gas-x is considered quite harmless, and is recommended to keep on hand for any time you suspect bloat. . .but it is probably better not to give anything at this point. It's not a bad idea to keep some in your doggie first-aid kit, though, just in case. I haven't given any to my dogs (I do have a bottle on hand), but I know it always helps me .

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv mi pets View Post
    Let us know what you find out. Try to get some sleep and hopefully tomorrow your regular vet will give you a diagnosis in your favor. It could be cancer, IBD, or a hundred other things. Hopefully the bloodwork will show something. It is always better to have something show up than not knowing what is causing the symptoms. I know you are freaked out and I do not blame you at all.
    Thank you. :3 He's sleeping soundly next to me now, just as relaxed as he always is, so I'm hoping that's good. But yeah, I'm gonna freak out no matter what. XD Can't wait for morning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Gas-x is considered quite harmless, and is recommended to keep on hand for any time you suspect bloat. . .but it is probably better not to give anything at this point. It's not a bad idea to keep some in your doggie first-aid kit, though, just in case. I haven't given any to my dogs (I do have a bottle on hand), but I know it always helps me .
    That's great to know for the future, I'll definitely be adding that to the doggie first-aid kit. :3
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    Quote Originally Posted by luv mi pets View Post
    I would not give your dog anything. If it is not gas could cause more problems. Gas shows up as a dark spots on an x ray. Did he recently have a diet change? The dog sound to be having a pancreatic attack. You are on the web. Do searches on dogs with pancreatitis in dogs.
    This. Have the vet do blood work. My dog had pancreatic neucrosis. They did a CBC, GHP,lytes and cPL. to detect it amongst other tests. "If" it is the dogs pancreas it is important to catch it early. I am no vet ... but I would do this to rule it out.

    I wish you luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please keep us posted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by musapan View Post
    That's true, I think I'll hold off on giving him anything. After typing that out I realized the vet warned me not to let him eat or drink anything until he sees the vet in the morning.
    I've been looking up pancreatitis in dogs, (one of the things that the vet mentioned,) and he doesn't appear to have any of the symptoms aside from lethargy and the swollen belly. He isn't vomiting, and although his stool today was softer than usual, he doesn't have diarrhea. So far the best fit for what he has is gas, the very thing I thought the vet said he DIDN'T have. I'm so confused by all this. :/
    Pancreatitis does not always present with consistent symptoms. The only symptoms my oldest presented with was a reluctance to eat and a little lethargy. Her CPL values were so high, they were unreadable for months. Her vets were amazed. Currently, I measure her progress by appetite and blood panels.

    Sending good thoughts for your vet visit today.

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    Hey everyone! Thank you for your wonderful, helpful comments.

    We took Rex to the vet first thing in the morning, and they immediately did blood work. Those of you who mentioned Pancreatitis were right on the money. My vet assured me that he'll be fine, but they are holding him overnight and giving him the proper fluids. We apparently caught it early enough that it hasn't done any other damage, so he should make a full recovery. :3 I'm so excited to pick him up tomorrow, this house is so lonely without him in it!

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    I am sooooo overly happy for all of you! ... you have no idea!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbylynn View Post
    I am sooooo overly happy for all of you! ... you have no idea!
    ^__^ Thank you... Although I'm sad he has to go through this, I think of all the other things it could have been, and I'm terribly relieved.

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    Happy he is on the mend

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    I am glad that you found out what was wrong with your dog. You might want to consider switching your dog to a low-fat from now on. Also, no matter how bad he gives you a liquid brown eye stare avoid feeding him tablescraps. Unless it is a low-fat non-greasy type of food.

    with your new medicine doggy chest add pepcid AC (famotidine) to it. Great for dogs who have an upset stomach. Ask your vet about the dosage for your dog.
    I would try therapy but the couch was full!

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