Your assessment results for:

Bloated or Swollen Stomach

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP and collect a urine sample

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If they begin to exhibit any of the following, contact an emergency hospital. Signs include: severe lethargy, vomiting (or attempt to vomit), difficulty breathing
  • Your vet will likely need a urine sample as part of their workup. Collect one the morning of your appointment, and store in the fridge until your visit.


Why it’s high priority

Bloat that develops slowly typically indicates underlying chronic condition

  • Based on the signs you’ve selected, we are concerned that your dog could have a serious problem. Our major concerns are Cushing’s Disease and heart failure.
  • While your answers don’t indicate an emergency, your dog needs to be checked by a vet to rule out these problems.


Home care tips

Feed small meals and restrict exercise

  • To err on the side of caution, feed your dog small meals in the meantime. Give water as per usual.
  • Restrict exercise (only short leashed potty breaks) until you have seen a veterinarian.
  • Learn more about bloated or swollen abdomen in dogs


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