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Border Collie 11 years old,has got swollen tummy,off her food,has

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Border Collie 11 years old,has got swollen tummy,off her food,has had hip problems all her life,never bothered until a few days ago,very slow when we take her for her walks,she is not constipated all working well,but tummy feels very hard also swollen.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

There are many possible causes for a bloated abdomen, along with lethargy (acting slow / quiet) --

Dr. Drew :

some concerns, especially in a senior-aged dog, would include liver disease,

Dr. Drew :

heart disease,

Dr. Drew :

or cancer

Dr. Drew :

unfortunately it can be very difficult to distinguish between these without a physical exam by a veterinarian, and even then, some tests are likely to be necessary,

Dr. Drew :

such as x-rays, blood tests, and possibly ultrasound (sonogram).

Dr. Drew :

If Ellie's gums are pale (less pink than usual), then cancer or heart problems may be the issue here,

Dr. Drew :

if the gums are as pink as usual, it doesn't necessarily rule out those issues, however.

Customer:

Icant really say as regards ***** ***** normal to me..

Dr. Drew :

well, if veterinary care is available, that's going to be the wisest choice to make in this situation.

Dr. Drew :

if not, then you are limited to basic supportive care -

Dr. Drew :

providing a comfortable place for Ellie to rest, minimizing exertion / activity,

Dr. Drew :

and trying to encourage her to take in fluids. You can offer a 50-50 mix of water and chicken broth, or similar.

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