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Swollen Abdomen
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Swollen Abdomen

My dog has had a swollem abdomen for a couple of days now additionally he seems to be in a lot of pain and as of today I've noticed that he's having trouble walking.  I took him to the vet 2 nights ago and they gave him a pain killer shot and some GI meds.  But they didn't know what was going on with him.  Does anyone have a ideas?
Type of Animal
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Dog
Age of Animal
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4ish
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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Daschund
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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October 27, 2012
City
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Salina
State/Province
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Kansas
Country
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United States
Blood Test Results
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N/A
X-Ray Results
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N/A
Other pertinent test results
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N/A
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Hi Jeremy,
A swollen abdomen can be minor due to intestinal parasites, or it can be serious due to a stomach twist, heart disease, cancer etc. I am recommending you return to your veterinarian and request some diagnostics such as a series of blood work and lab tests,, and a couple of abdominal xrays.
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Jeremey....I have an idea: Google IVDD (Intervertebral Disk/Disc Disease) More than likely, that's what your dealing with.....Doxies are the #1 Breed to experience this......

Also, your dog should not be walking, running or playing.......Crate rest is a must for 4-6 weeks to allow for the disk to heal.....From your description, it sounds as if it's getting worse......If it ruptures, then you could be looking at Paralysis & emergency surgery is recommended....

With the correct medications & cage rest, you can get him over this.....You must follow instructions to a tee......Carry him out to potty and carry him back in & put in crate.

I am not the Vet, but thought you needed a response soon......You can also post your question in the Dog Forum.......Good luck

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