|Barked: Fri Jul 20, '07 5:34am PST |
|The problem with GI upset and back problems is they often present the same symptoms -- a very uncomfortable dog. A tight painful abdomen could be signs of a very bad GI upset, a foreign body, an abdominal mass or back/disc pain. I have also seen these symptoms associated with tick born diseases such as lyme, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis or rocky mountain spotted fever.
I would speak with your vet about
1) XRAYS, this would help to visualize the intestines for any gassy patterns, visible foreign bodies, abdominal masses or possible disc damage (although this can be hard to see just on x-ray)
2) Bloodwork for tick born diseases - there is a relatively inexpensive SNAP test called the 3DX or 4DX that most clinics carry for easy diagnosis - it only requires a small amount of blood and the results come back in 10 minutes
(just a note - 3DX tests for HW, LYME and EHRLICHIA,
4DX tests for HW, LYME , EHRLICHIA and ANAPLASMOSIS)
Again there could be other things going on but this is a start for more info for you.
You should discuss all options with your vet but def request the above items since they can rule out alot of stuff and are relatively inexpensive.
GOOD LUCK and I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER
Edited by author Fri Jul 20, '07 5:36am PST
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