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I came home today and my 12 week old Yorkie puppy Sam had a big bloated belly! He's drinking water like crazy and seems to be getting tired more easily. He was energetic and playful for a bit and then he just conked out and slept (even though he's been sleeping pretty much all day so doesn't really need the rest). I called the vet and the soonest I can get in is tomorrow. Has anyone had this happen to their dog/puppy? Should I go to an emergency clinic or wait it out? I'm afraid he may have bloat (although I know it's mostly seen in big dogs) or something serious!
 

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I came home today and my 12 week old Yorkie puppy Sam had a big bloated belly! He's drinking water like crazy and seems to be getting tired more easily. He was energetic and playful for a bit and then he just conked out and slept (even though he's been sleeping pretty much all day so doesn't really need the rest). I called the vet and the soonest I can get in is tomorrow. Has anyone had this happen to their dog/puppy? Should I go to an emergency clinic or wait it out? I'm afraid he may have bloat (although I know it's mostly seen in big dogs) or something serious!
Do you not have an ER vet near you? Did you ask your vet if he thought you could wait it out?

Seems wierd a yorkie would get bloat (I think it's normally a large dog thing). I mean really wierd. But I will say if it was bloat you cannot wait til tomorrow. Waiting an hour is too long for bloat. But it would be really really wierd if a yorkie got bloat (I'm not sure a small dog can get bloat).

Honestly, I'd see an ER vet seeing as how young he is and how serious you say the symptoms are (he's still at an age where something bad could probably get worse much quicker).
 

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The closest ER is about an hour to an hour and a half away unfortunately. I told my vet all the symptoms (vet tech actually) and she didn't seem overly concerned. She said it might be parasites. I'm just worried because since I last called them he's become more lethargic and downed more water.
 

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Why don't you get back on the phone to your vet's office and ask to speak to the vet directly, once you get the vet on the phone, ask to be seen tonite.

Or, get in the car and start driving.
 

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The closest ER is about an hour to an hour and a half away unfortunately. I told my vet all the symptoms (vet tech actually) and she didn't seem overly concerned. She said it might be parasites. I'm just worried because since I last called them he's become more lethargic and downed more water.
Um, if it was parasites I doubt it would be a sudden change. From what you described it sounds like the puppy was acting healthy this morning and wehn you came home was acting like this.

I really really doubt parasites would cause such a quick change (parasites don't reproduce that quickly to go from having so few to so many!).

And if he is pretty lethargic, that's not that great of a sign (especially for a young puppy).

I'm really skeptical the vet tech took you seriously honestly (I work as a receptionist and while I'm not a Tech, I've been having to ask the vet similar questions on if something is serious or not. Lethargy is one of the first things he asks for to see how serious it is).

I mean I could be wrong but I honestly would err ont he side of caution in this case (particularly given what excuse the tech gave you. If it sounded something more plausable I'd say maybe they're right, but what she told you sounds completely off so I am not sure she really was taking you that seriously or she misunderstood you taht the dog was fine this morning. Or maybe I misunderstood you and this has been going on a while but I got the impression this was a pretty sudden change).
 

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Did he have a big bloated belly the day before or a few hours earlier? I would say puppies have bloated bellies when they are full of worms, but if he didn't have it earlier, something is up.
 

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If the symptoms just arose out of no where and they're progressivly getting worse, then you need to take him to a vet! If your vet is open right now, see if they can take him in as an emergency. Otherwise I'd take him to the closest vet that can see him right now, even if it's an E-vet that's an hour & 1/2 away.

It could be parasites or it could be something much worse and life threating. With a 12 week old pup it's not something you want to leave to chance.
 

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If this is a sudden onset, Get him to an E vet NOW, my Dobe did this with an obstruction from something she had eaten. Thankfully it was something that was able to pass, but your pup should at least be monitored by medical professionals.
 

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I know it's probably stupid to say... but when my pups over eat they swell up and then sleep for the day away.

Let us know how he is.
 
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