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susie q wrote at 2007-06-15 01:24:08
My dog has had similar attacks.  Her stomach is hard and she is in pain.  Also, a beagle mix.  I have rushed her to the all night (very expense)vet on numerous occasions to find out after hundreds of dollars and numerous hours that blood tests, fecal tests, x-rays, and sonars all say the same thing, a minor bloat is her only problem.  I asked if I could give her a gas relief medication and they said that certain chemicals in some of them can poison her.  They suggested keeping a food diary and using the activated charcoal in very small amounts.

Karyn wrote at 2009-01-05 23:06:15

I see you put out a note re: your dog and intermittent stomach paid a few years ago.  Just curious what you found out.  My little Maltese is having a problem almost identical to your dogs.  A month ago she was in pain, off and on.  I took her to the vet where they did blood work, xrays, gave her pepcid ac and a pain killer and she was fine for over a month but it's starting up again.  WE are having an ultrasound on Wednesday because my vet is stumped and she is a fabulous vet.  Thanks so much,


Nancy Welsh wrote at 2009-05-13 15:01:37
My Yorkie/Maltese mix dog (she's also 2-1/2 now) has had 3 of these bouts of pain that last a week to 10 days - this started last November - again in March this year and once again now. I thought they were connected with her heats and that it was something she had developed since having a litter last May. With this recent bout, I don't think they are connected now at all. I was waiting at the vet's recommendation to have her spayed soon to see if that corrected this problem.

We did blood work and x-rays last Nov. and there was nothing unusual - although the x-rays showed something in her digestive track and some gas bubbles.

What I noticed is that she is in a lot of distress - I try to help by massaging her chest and belly and that does tend to help her and calm her somewhat - but she doesn't get relief until she burps at least several times.  I have taken everything out of her diet that I thought could cause the problem and have reduced her treats.

The vet recommended Pepcid tablets and I put it in baby food (beef or chicken broth baby food) to get her to take the pills. I've also tried baby "gripe water" to help with the gas. I think they help somewhat.

My vet thought it might be inflammation in her digestive tract or something like an irritable bowel problem. If it happens again in another couple of months, we are going to do the ultrasound as suggested here.

However, I spoke with an expert animal wrangler the other day who has been around many dogs for years. His advice to me was to stop the free feeding - only give her food at regular times once a day and also to fast her at times so she'll eat better. I have to admit that I leave food for her out all the time - he says for some dogs this is not good. She is a very light eater.

So now I have removed the dog dish - I will feed her once a day and make it her routine. He thinks this might solve the problem. It's worth a try because this condition seems to be unusual. When she is not suffering these attacks, she is fine, normal and healthy and as I said it's about two months or so in between these attacks since they started.  It has not made any sense to me whatsoever.

I feed her New Balance - and she likes the sweet potato and fish mixture. It's a highly recommended, good quality dog food. From my experience, I don't believe it's an allergy or food reaction. I did feed her cottage cheese with her kibble during her pregnancy - she did not display any of this up to that time - it only came on about 6 months after she had the puppies.

I agree with you - it's painful and scary to watch her suffer such pain. I hope this helps you somewhat while it seems we all try to figure it out.

When my vet mentioned it could be an inflammatory problem, I had concern - I suffer from an inflammatory disease problem so I'm hoping she hasn't caught anything from me - although this is not a contagious disease. But I'm keeping it in the back of my mind at this stage until we get to the root of the problem.

Hope this helps somewhat.

sht wrote at 2010-11-16 13:48:19

I have the same problem with my lab, Emmie. I adopted her when she was about 5 years old, her previous owners never mentioned a problem with gas pains etc. But since I have owned her, she has had 6 attacks like that. I have rushed her to the vet 4 of those times thinking she may have developed bloat. However, by the time I pull in the parking lot, take her inside, she seems fine, like nothing ever happened. I know when it starts because she starts licking the floor, pants like crazy, and starts whining. Sometimes it will last 10 minutes, other times an hour. I have learned that giving her gas x, two capsules, and just giving it time to work will help the most. Last night she had an attack, licked the floor, drank water like crazy, and panicked for about an hour. I gave her 2 gas x pills and she was better in about 20 minutes. I can't explain what happened, what the catalyst is, or why it happened, it just does. I hope this helps. I searched the Internet last night hoping to find information  on this, so this is how I came across your question. Lots of luck to you.  

Julie Rogers wrote at 2011-02-07 22:33:38

My 9 year old akita has intermittent stomach discomfort, too  Have also done the rush to the vet routine. One vet likened it to a slow bloat, another just a belly ache. What I have found helps is instead of one meal a day,  three small meals. I give her  gasex gel with at least two of the meals.  I do not let her exercise for at least two hours after eating and I have started giving her one 20 mg pepcid ac tablet a day (she weights about 90 pounds).  The pepcid recommended by my vet.  ALSO,  very important.  Any dog with intermittent stomach pain episodes should be on a probiotic/enzyme regimen. I have put my dog on four vetric probiotic pills a day,  purchased at my vets.  This replaces bad bacteria which can build up in the dog's intestinal tract (and which caused gas) with good bacteria.  Hope this helps.

splodge wrote at 2011-09-08 12:56:42
Hi to all the above people, have you found an answer to the stomach problems. I am having the same with my Yorkie, he does suffer with allergies which he is on medication for and he is on a special diet a Ultra Allergin free.

He has bouts of abdominal pain, one minute he is ok the next he is not, he'll be subdued for a few hours to a few days with intermittent pain, no other symptons. He has had xrays, scans, ultrasound, blood tests which all seem fine. The last two urine tests he had showed blood and high protein but the vets can't find out why, and the same with the intermittent pain, 'they don't know why' So I'm trying to find out myself. So if anyone has solved this mystery pain thing please let me know. Thanks

Noonann wrote at 2012-03-01 14:25:36
One of our Cavaliers has the same problem.  We've never discovered the cause but have resigned to it being canine IBS.  Some things we've done that have helped are adding probiotics to his diet along with food grade diatomaceous earth to control any possible parasite.  During an attack we give him chlorophyll and warm pedialite with manuca honey to handle any bad bacteria.  Good luck, our Clancy has been suffering with these symptoms every since he was young.

marcia bridges wrote at 2014-06-04 20:28:15
Arrow root powder mixed with cooled boiled water sorts my dogs tummy out.x.


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