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Bloated & firm stomach, A couple of days, About 2 years ago

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Bloated & firm stomach
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the dog had this bloating?
Customer: A couple of days
JA: When did the dog last see a vet? Are they taking any medications?
Customer: About 2 years ago & no medication
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Macey & she's about 12. She's a rottweiler
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Macey?
Customer: No
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
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Customer: replied 9 days ago.
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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Macey.

Are her gums pink and wet?

Is she eating, active and passing normal poo and pee?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
her gums are fine. Poo & peeing has normal. She is also eating & drinking has normal too

Thank you, sure.

Has she had any panting, coughing or excess thirst?

Is she slowing down or struggling with her mobility?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
The bloating has seemed to slow down her mobility slightly, everything else seems normal

Thanks, ok.

When did she last see a vet?

Has she been neutered?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
She last seen a vet around 2 years ago, & she hasn't been neutered

Sure thing, thanks.

Do you know when her last season was?

Has she had any vaginal discharge or has she been licking at her back end?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
She was probably last in season around 1year ago (maybe a little longer). I haven't seen any discharge & i haven't witnessed any licking of the back end

Ok, got it.

Before typing my full reply is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I dont think so


Please bear with me as I type my reply which will take a few minutes.

I'm sorry Macey has been bloated and know you will be worried for her.

Given her age and breed, this sign is a red flag.

Bloating like this can have a range of causes including:

  • A uterus infection (a closed pyometra)
  • Organ enlargement e.g. spleen or liver enlargement
  • Fluid build up due to heart or liver failure
  • Cancer
  • An endocrine disorder
  • Etc.

Given that there are several serious things that could be going on, it is important we schedule her in to be checked over ASAP.

The vet will examine her and may run some tests such as a blood test and abdominal scan.

Once we have a better idea of what is going on, we can determine what the treatment plan may be.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Ok, thank you for your time. I will get her booked into her vets asap. Again thank you

No problem at all.

Do you have any further questions today?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
No. Thank you & have a good day

And you, and wishing Macey all the very best.

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