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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, new to the forum and joined to get some help with a confusing situation. For the past three days my chihuahua has had an upset stomach. I *think* it was caused by a change in diet. I tried switching his food out slowly over a week but I don't think that was enough time.

Symptoms: stomach is incredibly tense - his midsection is wound so tight and he shivers more than normal, sometimes the pain in his midsection makes him cry out in pain. He still had an appetite the last 2 days and I've fed him boiled chicken and brown rice. He has no interest in drinking but will take water if we give it to him in a needle-less syringe.

Before you tell me to rush him to the vet - that's exactly what I did. He's been to the vet on Saturday and Sunday and undergone a barrage of tests: x-rays (twice), fecal exam, urinalysis, blood test (including an exam of his pancreas). The vet determined it's not constipation or an obstruction like we feared and can't find find anything that would cause this. She gave me pain meds for the discomfort and inserted fluids into his back, we go back on Tuesday for a follow-up.

After two nights of being up in discomfort, he finally slept through the night last night and yesterday he really seemed like he was feeling a lot better. But this morning it's back to square one. Stomach is tense, he's not crying out in pain but he did cry out when I first picked him up this morning to take him outside. He urinated normally but still has no interest in drinking. Now he won't eat so I can't give him the pain meds. He's just sitting here looking very pitiful in his bed. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 12:36 PM
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Um...did he check for bloat? http://www.dogclinic.net/Bloat-TheMo...mergencies.htm

http://www.natural-dog-health-remedi...dog-bloat.html

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Not bloat - thanks for the article!

Yes, she checked for bloat - I should've added that my dog isn't vomiting. His stools were dry and hard, which originally made us think it was constipation, but the vet doesn't believe this is the problem.

No bloat, no distended stomach but there is a lot of tension in his belly. He's able to defecate and urinate with no pain, able to eat and pass food. Any other ideas? He seems to only be okay when he's had pain meds, but the vet can't figure out what's bugging him.
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Hrm... maybe the new food is making him ill? Did you switch it for a change of tastes, or was he not taking to his old food well?
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a little canned pumpkin should flush him out a little, and it is fine to give. It tends to help upset tummies for all critters.

I honestly would switch the food again, and fast instead of a slow transition it can cause loose stools to do this but if his new food is making him ill than it may be alright, i would check with your vet before doing this though.

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How old is he?
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I hope your dog gets better, I love all animals, and hate it when they are sick.
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If nothing works straight to the vet!
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Sometimes a little yogurt [plain, not sweetened] will help with tummy troubles, as it balances the flora. Also, you usually won't have much trouble getting them to eat it.


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