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Old 12-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So this morning when I took Sawyer out to go to the bathroom, I was looking at his ribs, and they looked like they were protruding. Like a balloon was inflated in them, and was a little uneven-one side was more round than the other)
I wasn't sure if I was imagining it since he was acting perfectly fine, running around and playing, being a pain in the bum as usual
I decided to be safe and take him to the vets just to tell me if I was delusional about it or not. My mom couldn't tell it looked different so I was hoping my mind was playing tricks. I asked the secretary if it looked "off" or whatever and she agreed.
So I took him home until the appointment that afternoon. I was at work so I never saw him all day, but apparently he was burping some stuff up, but swallowing it right away.
I thought back how over the past couple days he's seemed to do that, hiccups, barfing, or burping-whatever it's called where something kinda comes up, but doesn't actually come out his mouth, he just swallows it right away.
Anyway, at the appointment she ended up doing x-rays, he still had food in his stomach so it's not totally blocked. She checked his neck x-rays and it all seemed fine. Not really gas build up, basically it seemed ok. But she was concerned about the burping. She told me tonight to just keep an eye on him. give him some laxative stuff to see if that'll clear out anything they couldn't see, and if he's still doing the spit up tomorrow or the next day, we've got to get him blood tests and if that doesn't show anything, possibly try a barium.
Hoping he gets better tonight! She said just feed him rice to settle his stomach.
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Aw poor Sawyer, hope he is all better soon. It's really good that you are so observant though...also, I heard that gas-x can help bloat in its beginning stages in case you are worried about that, so it might be something to keep in mind just in case. I'll be thinking of you guys; did the laxative work by the way?
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Oh my, I hope Sawyer feels better soon. That is really weird and hopefully what it is, will clear up soon.
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Thanks, I was having a brain fart when I first wrote this and forgot what they'd be testing for with the blood tests. It's to look for addisons disease. She told me there are so many different symptoms, that it's really hard to tell if a dog has it, or could just be symptoms of anything else. She also said it's really common in standard poodles.
He's seeming fine still, hasn't gone poop yet again, but normally he goes once in the morning, right after work, and at night, so so far he's just missing the one tonight. And I have a feeling that he'll wake me at like 3 am to do his business. He's considerate like that
He's still having no trouble playing, but doesn't seem to be trying to get me to. Like if I get up and start playing he'll be into it, but he won't innitiate it.
I'm trying to just stay calm, I tend to freak out if somethings wrong, and have a panic attack, but we'll see what happens tomorrow

He certainly loves getting the rice and special canned food though. my goodness he must have thought he was in heaven.

Also, this has nothing to do with it, but I took pictures of my dogs today with antlers. Thought this was pretty cute
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Having just gone thorough a bad digestive thing with Bonnie, I know how scary they can be and how quickly they can turn bad. I hope Sawyer just has gas. Did you change his food or anything? It sounds like Sawyer is a watch and see. I hope he clears up right away! Bonnie breath had a awful rotten smell (and still has an off smell) and her gas was horrific smelling. If you aren't smelling horrible smells, maybe he just has regular indigestion. I hope so!
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Thanks! Today he seemed significantly better, he's acting totally normal, he'll initiate the playing too
His tummy still looks kind of weird, but I think it's less noticeable now, so I'm assuming that's improvement?
He's still been going to the bathroom without any troubles, so I'm hoping it's all over now, and I haven't seen him hiccup/burp today. (I've been at work for most of it, but since I've been home he hasn't done it yet)
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Hoping Sawyer is still doing ok toay. It's always awful when we don't know what's wrong or what to do to help them. Very stressful!!!
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WE MAY HAVE FOUND SOMETHING!!!
My vet posted our issue online, of Sawyer's itchiness
(His reflux, weird looking rib thing is over now thank goodness!) but I've still been having a horrible time of trying to figure out why he's so itchy. Even on expensive food he's scratching, and has weird thickness of skin on his back.
Anyway, the people said it may be sebaceous adenitis ... So we have to get a biopsy done, and hopefully it will at least give me an answer to what's wrong!
Does anyone know anything about this? I was looking it up online, but if someone can explain it simpler that'd be awesome.
I'm not happy that something's wrong, but I'm super pleased to hopefully be getting answers now! Going to try and get his biopsy done this week
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So biopsy is booked for Thursday.
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Oh good, I hope it gives you some answers.
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