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swollen abdomen/ loss of appetite / no real bowel movement.



 
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juliestroup
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 2:15 am    Post subject: swollen abdomen/ loss of appetite / no real bowel movement. Reply with quote

Hey everyone I have a question for you.

My parent have a schnauzer/poodle mix. She is 13yrs old and has recently been showing her age. Over the past week or so my mom and I have been noticing that she looks really fat. It seems strange because her belly seems really full, sort of like a balloon. She seems to not want to eat and her bowel movements are not as much as before.. She is taking her to the vet next week (probably monday), Does anyone know what else this could be? Could it be impacted bowels, or maybe a tumor? When she lays down her tummy sticks out on the sides like a horny toad or frog's. It just looks strange like she is full of fluid, or maybe poo.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing I can think of off hand is maybe worms. Dont their stomachs get really round when they have alot of worms in it? I am not sure what else but hopefully a visit to the vet will clear things up. Please let us know!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be alot of things. Water retention for one thing, or worse a big tumor. Let us know when she gets the results. I don't think its bloat, usually but not always its in big dogs.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it could be lots of things... could be nothing... the first thing that came to my mind is an obstruction of some kind. A vet check should be Numero Uno right about now... Sad

Keep us posted!! ((Big hugs))
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:49 pm    Post subject: update..... Reply with quote

Sad Just wanted to let everyone know what had happened. We took her to the vet and they ran tests and blood. It was not constipation, could have been either heart failure or a large mass (tumor) in the abdomen. She was 15 and had heart trouble and difficult breathing, so was a high high risk for surgery, vet said she was so thin and the mass was large. After a hard time we decided to have her put down. My parents were very sad and me too, the dog was 15 yrs old. I just cant believe she is gone.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry that there was nothing that your vet could do for the poor thing. In your heart you know it was best to end his suffering. (((HUGS)))
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crying or Very sad oh, i'm so very sorry, julie...... big hugs from all of us at auspet.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 2:52 pm    Post subject: thannks to all Reply with quote

Thanks for caring, I am feeling a little better today. I am thinking of buying a marker for her grave and giving it to mom and dad. I think that they would like that. It is really hard to let go, I still have my pek a poo but I do feel that they will get another dog sometime.

Julie
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some wait a long time before getting another, others get one right away. When they are ready. Personally I'd be the right away type. When they are ready, be ready to them look. I think a marker would be a nice idea.
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