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    Chronic growling stomach and refusing food

    HI everyone,

    I am searching for some answers. Martha regularly has days where her stomach is grumbling loudly and she will refuse food. She wants to eat grass - which clearly soothes her - although in January its hard to find grass here. She is clearly uncomfortable.
    This has happened in the past and recently is occurring every 10 days or so. It usually clears up within 8 hours and then she is eating normally.

    I took her to the vet at had blood taken several tests done as well as a stool sample. Everything came back normal. At this time the vet is unsure what is causing this to happen. She mentioned an ultrasound - although at this time the $1000 plus cost is somewhat prohibitive (the $700 blood tests did me in). I have no problems with an ultrasound if that is what is needed but I am hesitant for a number of reasons - not just monetary.

    I have tried to feed her a bedtime snack (in case she is just super hungry and the acid in her tummy is working overtime).
    She was on Metronidazole for a week along with Famotidine to settle her stomach.

    Does anyone out there have any leads I could follow up with my vet?
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    Re: Chronic growling stomach and refusing food

    Episode of Animal Cops in which they did a post mortem on a skinny cat (neighbors reported it starving slowly over weeks- owner had food out for it)-- it had a bone stuck way back in its throat that prevented it from swallowing....
    My dogs tend to eat grass around digestive complaints/something stuck into its digestive tract... $1000 does seem alot .... I was lucky enough to have my dog eat grass for several days and then I had to help her poop out ...a FRISBEE... of all things.... (had I known I would have taken her in for surgery, but I didnt know and being a pit bull she had managed to shred it into these long segments that did pass eventually)...
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    Re: Chronic growling stomach and refusing food

    my poodle mix Bailey has had this problem most of his life and my vet couldn't find anything wrong with him so she recommended giving him Pepcid when I hear the gurgling noises and when I give it to him the gurgling noises would stop within 30 mins. Was she tested for allergies?
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    Re: Chronic growling stomach and refusing food

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie11590 View Post
    my poodle mix Bailey has had this problem most of his life and my vet couldn't find anything wrong with him so she recommended giving him Pepcid when I hear the gurgling noises and when I give it to him the gurgling noises would stop within 30 mins. Was she tested for allergies?
    My dog had tons of allergies (tree pollens, grass, even our carpets-- wool-- mainly) this was different. Is your dog straining when attempting to stool that was a cardinal sign...
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    Re: Chronic growling stomach and refusing food

    Martha is on a hypo diet as she was suspected to have allergies as a pup with lots of scratching, licking of her paws and soft stool. I tried to transition her out of the vet food to a high quality food but it wasn't successful (the symptoms came back). On the vet food her bowel movements are normal and she has stopped her licking of the paws. She doesn't get people food, isn't a garbage hound and doesn't seem interested in the various treasures she could find on our walks.
    The gurgling is quite perplexing and worrisome.

    Stephanie 11590 - I like the Pepcid idea. I will ask my vet what she thinks the proper dosage is for Martha. She is a poodle mix too.

    Thank you!
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