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Dog Stomach Swelling And Pain


Author: Lucille C.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 05-04-2009
Views: 4,773
Word Count: 374
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 3521-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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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: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: upset-stomach-/-tummy — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
4.Associated topics: upset-stomach-/-tummy — "Gastroprotective effects of Lemon essential oil: In ethanol model, CL (citrus lemon) and LIM (limonene) [component of Lemon] demonstrated 100% of gastroprotection.... In the indomethacin model, CL and LIM offered effective gastroprotection...."Link
5.Associated topics: abdominal-pain,upset-stomach-/-tummy,swelling-/-swollen-/-puffy — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
6.Associated topics: abdominal-pain — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
7.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
8.Associated topics: abdominal-pain,gas-/-fart-(Flatulence),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

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