Honey's gassy problem

Honey is a very large Dogue de Bordeaux who came into Adelaide Animal Hospital one night after hours feeling very sorry for herself. She had vomited and had a sore abdomen. Because she was so uncomfortable, she was admitted that night for x-rays and pain relief.

X-rays revealed gas was present in her intestines which can be caused by a foreign object or if the intestinal tract isn't moving properly. Honey was kept on pain relief overnight and more x-rays were performed in the morning to see if the gas had moved. The results showed that the gas had not moved and so the next step was to perform exploratory surgery for further investigation.
As it turned out there was nothing obstructing Honey's intestines, just the gas causing bloating and pain. This was released during surgery. Honey then recovered slowly but steadily from the surgery. Once home, she was improving well.

When a dog has abdominal pain, it can be caused by a lot of different things including unrelated problems such as a sore back. If your dog has been vomiting, has diarrhoea, or they have a hunched over appearance with their tummy tucked up, it is important to bring them to the vet as soon as possible. A diagnogstic work up can be performed which includes blood test, x-rays to look for spinal problems, gas or blockages in the intestines and/or an ultrasound. This way, problems can be discovered or ruled out and we can have your pet feeling better soon!

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