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There are many possible causes for a bloated abdomen, along with lethargy (acting slow / quiet) --
some concerns, especially in a senior-aged dog, would include liver disease,
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,
such as x-rays, blood tests, and possibly ultrasound (sonogram).
If Ellie's gums are pale (less pink than usual), then cancer or heart problems may be the issue here,
if the gums are as pink as usual, it doesn't necessarily rule out those issues, however.
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well, if veterinary care is available, that's going to be the wisest choice to make in this situation.
if not, then you are limited to basic supportive care -
providing a comfortable place for Ellie to rest, minimizing exertion / activity,
and trying to encourage her to take in fluids. You can offer a 50-50 mix of water and chicken broth, or similar.