Dog Has a Swollen Belly (cont.)
When to Get the Vet
If your dog is in acute pain and you can't isolate it, veterinary care is critical. Use a large blanket to help protect you and the dog in your attempts to transport her. If the pain is present but it can be isolated and her color is good, you have a little more time to plan your next move. Let your dog have thirty to sixty minutes to recover, monitoring her behavior throughout, then conduct your exam once again.
Any dog, especially deep-chested breeds, with a swollen abdomen and pale gums should be rushed to an emergency facility!
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.