I'm not sure if anyone remembers me or not, but I had put up a thread a few days ago about my dog asking if anyone had any advice about her heavy panting. I had mentioned that she had already seen 2 different vets and neither one of them saw anything wrong with her. I had decided to make another appointment to see a different vet in a different town and I am SO GLAD I DID!
She listened to her carefully and guess what is wrong with her??? SHE'S CONSTIPATED!! The poor baby! Her steroid meds are causing her to be constipated. The vet was so nice! She didn't just press the stethoscope to her heart and say, hmm, sounds good here. She also listened to her belly. She didn't like the way she sounded there and did and asked me what medications she's been on. I told her the other vet has her on a steroid and antibiotics and since I remembered to bring them with me, she was able to see them. She said she was almost 100% sure my dog was constipated but asked if she could x-ray her to make sure. I agreed and sure enough! She was very constipated. I felt so bad for my dog! I usually just open the door and she goes out, does her business and comes back in. I don't go out with her because she's never run off and stays in the yard so I haven't paid attention to her going potty. The vet told me to stop at the store and get her some canned pumpkin and put it in her food. My dog is allergic to gluten so we have to be careful what we feed her. About 20 minutes after she ate, she went out and poo'd! YAY! I know, TMI, but I am so relieved it's nothing serious!!! Plus, I only had to pay for a visit and xrays and a $1.45 can of pumpkin.