|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 2:53pm PST |
|I don't really know enough to help you, but I have been reading up on burping and the like, as Joey has started doing that more than just once in a while. Air intake can apparently cause that, so the fact that Joey licks his paws a lot(not sure why - allergies, stress, boredom, OCD?)may be causing him to take in air. There are also some foods that apparently cause more gas buildup than others, at least in people. (Rice is one of the least gas-producing foods, for example.) I believe acid reflux is something that bothers some dogs, and too much fat and protein can make it worse. I think citric acid can be bad for dogs with gas, and some kibbles contain it.
Have you tried changing her food? What do you feed her?
I don't know if this is helpful at all, but since I am in one of those frustrating cycles of knowing something is wrong but not getting a specific diagnosis from the vet, I thought I'd throw out the info on gas, just in case it gives you any ideas of what to explore.
If it's obvious she has gas build up, does the vet say it's OK to give Gas-X (simethicone)? I know of one vet who recommended that for a german shepherd with gas problems.
As to the lethargy and not wanting to put pressure on her paws, that is certainly curious - although if she has gas all the time, I would imagine she wouldn't feel like playing as much as she did before.
Good luck, and please let us know if you and the vet figure this out.
Edited by author Mon Nov 12, '12 3:00pm PST
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