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I have a dogue de Bordeaux. About 2 hours ago he struggled

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I have a dogue de Bordeaux. About 2 hours ago he struggled to stand, looks very lethargic and is panting. We thought he had a belly ache so took him for a 15 minute walk. He is still panting, is very uncomfortable and has just squeeled for no apparent reason. His tummy does seem to be rather gurgly. He cannot settle. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How has the dogie de Bordeaux's appetite been? Any changes in his stool?
Customer: Not much of an apetite this evening. Stool normal for him. He is on raw foods
JA: Could he have eaten something unusual?
Customer: Thats what we were wondering. He does chase spiders
JA: What's the dogie de Bordeaux's name?
Customer: Kilo
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: Not really. He has been drinking water, his nose is still wet but his body is quite warm
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this has been going on with Kilo and understand you must be very concerned.

Does his abdomen seem bloated or tense?

Has he had any vomiting or diarrhoea?

Finally, are his gums pink and wet?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Abdomen seems a little more distended than normal, he did try and vomit this morning no actual bringing up and yes gums are pink and wet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Thank you.

Unfortunately I am quite concerned from your description as there is a chance he may have a dangerous condition called Bloat.

Larger dogs tend to be affected and signs can include retching, a distended abdomen and restlessness. Dogs can go downhill quickly and this condition can be fatal.

Other possibilities would include a gastroenteritis, pancreatitis or gut obstruction.

Given what you have said, I would advise bringing him to an emergency vet now for assessment.

If you need the details for your closest one, please send on your postcode.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Sorry could i chsnge the phone number....07920195290
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

I am personally unable to make calls but can continue talking via typing if that is ok.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
What would you like to do?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean?

You have requested a phone call and I have declined as I am unable to make calls.

I have sent my written response via text. It is written above and also in your email inbox.

Your call request is now live so another vet can call you. Or, if you are happy with the written advice, it can be refunded.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Sorry message hadn't come through, yes please cancel, we are happy with the written advice
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.

Okay sure, not a problem.

This window will stay open so please do feel free to keep me updated with things. You can continue to ask questions.

Hopefully your dog is back to normal very shortly.