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Westie with pain in abdomen

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Shelled, Mar 4, 2018.


  1. Shelled

    Shelled PetForums Junior

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    Hi

    I’m looking for someone who maybe able to help, give advice or can think what is wrong with me wee dog my heart is breaking seeing him in so much pain. My dog Harry (west highland terrier 9yrs old) got really listless on Monday & had mucus in his poop & was showing signs he wanted to be sick. We have been to the vet everyday this week as he looks to be in so much pain. They have done a lots of testing but he is stuffering & hardly wants to move. He can’t really sit and is leaning to the side when he does sit, I can see his abdomen contracting at times and he is arching his back with tail tucked under. His abdomen gurgles from time to time. He keeps licking the area between is leg & abdomen so I’m thinking that’s were the pain is inside. He is really listless with no interest in anything. I had him on Royal Canin satiety food as my other wee dog is over weight so we changed his for to Royal Canin gastro intestinal tinned food and he is eating fine it is just this pain in his abdomen.. I wish I could find out what is causing all this pain. Does anyone recognise these symptoms?

    This week at the Vet:

    Monday - they gave him injections for stomach ulcers, squeezed his anal glands which he wasn’t happy about & gave me gastro resistance medicine & he doesn’t have a temperature
    Tuesday - he seemed worse so they gave him a opioid injection to help with the pain
    Wednesday - they took him in and put a catheter in his leg. They took his bloods & everything came back ok apart from sodium high so they are testing him for Addison’s decease but because of the snow and storm Emma we haven’t got results back yet.
    Thursday- I took him back to have catheter removed he was still not better
    Friday - they took him back in & put catheter back in & gave him antibiotics & pain relief & worming tablets. They done an ultrasound and said everything looks ok. They gave him buscopan for the stomach cramps but in the early hours of Saturday morning he started whimpering & breathing really fast
    Saturday - my husband called into Vet with video of him breath fast so they took buscopan off us & gave him paracetamol instead but he is still suffering

    What more can we do.. any ideas? I would be grateful
    I hope this makes sense

    Thank you

    Shelley
     
  2. Shelled

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    I'm so sorry - your poor little dog. I suppose the next step is to ask for an urgent referral to a specialist veterinary hospital.
     
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    His symptoms sound very like colitis or even pancreatitis.

    A gurgling sound normally is coming from the bowel, not the stomach.

    I would ask your Vet for further tests and maybe take a poop sample with you.

    In the meantime, I would feed him on plain chicken with no skin or fish and see if that helps.
     
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  5. Shelled

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    Thank you so much for getting back to me.. they checked his prostate & pancreas and said all fine. They also done an ultrasound & said all fine.. I think I will say to Vet in the morning about specialist Vet hospital .. I was lifting one of his poops there & noticed a white like maggot but I can’t be sure if it came from the grass or his poop as I didn’t actually see it coming out of stool

    Thank you
     
  6. Shelled

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    Also - he has not been drinking water
     
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    I think I might ask for an x ray as well
     
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    I would ask for an x-ray just in case there is a blockage of some kind.

    Try and get him to take some water through a syringe in the corner of his mouth as dehydration will make him feel worse.

    Ask the vet for something to get on top of his pain.

    I agree a specialist referral asap.

    I find a heat pad helps with pain so perhaps try a warm wheat bag on his tum to confuse his pain receptors and help him be more comfortable?

    Hope you can get to the bottom of this :(
     
  10. Shelled

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    Thank you for getting back to .. I will ring the Vet when they open & organise for him to have an X-ray, Although you would think id there was a bloackage they would have seen it on ultrasound they done on Friday & I don’t like the thought of him being sedated again as he was sedated twice last week but that can’t be helped if I’m going to get to the bottom of this.
    This morning he still isn’t moving around properly he is very stiff & when he went to sit he hovers his bun and then leans to the side :( .. I will give him water now through syringe & wheat pad.

    Thank you
     
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  11. Shelled

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    I am taking him to the vet now for an x ray so I will keep you all posted.

    Thank you

    Shelley
     
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    With the reluctance to sit and leaning to one side I would check fir lumps/abscesses on the opposite side.

    It could also be pain from his back, maybe?
     
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    Thank you I will ring them & leave word for them to check. He will be sedated while getting the x ray so it will be perfect to inspect him. They done an ultrasound on Friday so what lumps of abscesses show on an ultrasound sound?

    Thank you
     
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    My thoughts too.

    Maybe his spine or pelvis?
     
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    They probably scanned his tum so any lumps or bumps in his rump could be missed. Just something else to consider given his way of sitting.

    As nothing is jumping out I’d look at all possibilities. It might be worth taking more blood and redoing the tests too while he’s sedated.
     
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    Yes it could be. On Monday the Vet stretched his back right leg & he yelped and then started limping on it after and he has started holding it up as well so I could be radiating from his back .. but that doesn’t explain the mucus in his stools & gurgling & eating grass .. at times I can actually see his wee stomach contracting but by the time I lift my phone to record it stops

    I will keep you all posted

    Thank you
     
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    I rang the vet there and passed on all that information for them to check. I’m sure they think I’m a control freak I feel embarrassed but at the same time I’m doing it for wee Harry.

    Thanks
     
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    The vet is just off the phone there .. everything clear again although they have taken blood to test to check for pancreatitis. They are thinking he has an intolerance with the Royal Canin food so have to put him on pasta this evening and they are ordering him in a special food which will be here tomorrow .. I have to keep giving him antepsen & finish antibiotics & they also gave him spot on treatment for parasites.. let’s hope this is us definitely turning the corner now
     
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    Fingers and paws crossed for him ;)
     
  20. Shelled

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    Ha ha thank you very much :) I gVe him some pasta when I got home then about an hour later I noticed him in pain again so I rang Vet she said do I think the pain starts after every meal so I am going to watch out for that. I gave him an omeprazole then 1 hour later some more pasta then 1 hour later antepsin. If he needs it a buscopan before bed :( I pray he is brighter tomorrow

    Thanks again
     
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