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Dog Stomach Swelling And Pain

Author: Lucille C.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 05-04-2009
Views: 4,462
Word Count: 374
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 3521-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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My dog Baylee (11 years old) came to me late in the evening looking for assistance, her eyes were dull and her back was arched. Upon assessing her I realized that her abdomen was distended and she was in pain when I palpated her stomach area. As I'm not a veterinarian, I can't diagnose but I do suspect that this was a case of "bloat".

Her abdominal area was rock hard to the touch and there weren't any digestive noises. I immediately applied 5 drops of the DiGize and 5 drops PanAway oil blends (diluted) to her abdomen and also applied hot compresses (being very careful not to burn her) around her mid section (back and front).

After approximately 15 minutes of holding her in my lap I noticed some tummy rumbling. She expelled some gas and seemed to be a bit better.

As it was late, we all went to bed (she has a bed beside ours in our room). At 2:30 am I woke up to hear her having difficulty breathing. Her breath would expel but she couldn't seem to get any air back in. Her abdomen was rock hard again and painful to the touch.

I again applied DiGize and PanAway, but also included 5 drops of Frankincense and 5 drops of Lavender oil. I applied these oils neat to her abdomen and then applied a carrier oil over top these oils.

I started with hot compresses and put a couple of drops of Peppermint in my hands for her to inhale to assist with breathing. Her heart rate was extremely fast and I thought for sure she was a goner.

I tried to remain as calm as I possibly could, talking to her, petting her, reassuring her, etc... Within 45 minutes the worst appeared to be over. She was breathing better and her heart rate decreased. We sat up together until 5 am, she went outside and urinated and was able to hop into her bed.

The day after the incidents, I only allowed her water (no food) as she still didn't appear to be quite right. The day after that, she was jumping around like a puppy.

No one would ever guess she had been deathly ill two nights before.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
2.Associated topics: bloating — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
3.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link

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