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    QuestionBloated but not Bloat

    I have been off the lab forum lately b/c we found ourselves rescuing a Dane..lots to learn!
    However, Jake - who has liver function loss and inflammation of the liver etc. He has lost weight and actually looked FAT--not a little a lot fat

    So we call our vet just before 5 Fri...we do the belly tap, confirm no diarrhea, no vomiting, no wretching, no licking...they are actually closed this Sat..ugh! So we discuss the info and decide if not better will take him to Emergency vet over the weekend. Fast forward to this am...he is still bloated even after phazyme and has decided he will not eat. So in to the vet we go...I know these vets are wonderful but his history is SO complicated I just knew I wouldn't bring everything I would need.

    The vet does Xrays and blood work to check protiens, alt etc. What she thought was causing the bloatedness which was the fact that he is on HIGH levels of prednisone temporarily is NOT likely. They try to extract fluid which they say he is full of b/c the xray is cloudy or more white then gray in the background. The good news is it is not bloat, the bad news his levels have not improved since the new meds and they are not sure what is causing this. They wanted to have us leave him so they could do tests tomorrow etc, which I am not comfortable with as the vet was not feeling like the 16 hour gap would be detrimental. He is home, per her advice no prednisone and ate chicken for lunch but still has a big soft belly. Just so concerned it seems like we can't catch a break for him. Has anyone ever had their dog look and feel bloated like this? What was the final result? My heart just aches right now, he is pretty much himself just a little quicker to lay down so trying hard to be positive. Thanks for any good thoughts you can send our way.

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    Good thoughts for your boy! My cousin has 5 danes and if I can find her # I can ask her if she has ever experinced things like that. i will get back to you as soon as i can.
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    Thank you for your kind words, we are planning on taking him to our vet as soon as we can get an appt--agh not soon enough it feels!

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    My cousin said she has not had this happen with her Great Danes. i was thinking though,has he possibly eaten anything that could cause his stomach to expand? or eaten so fast that his stomach has filled up with gas?
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    I can't give any good advice, other than good thoughts are headed your way. There is a forum, dogfoodchat.com that has moderators that have Danes. Not sure if they can help you? I am on my iPad, and can not multi-task, or I would give you a more spefific link.


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    Thanks...the only thing that has changed is the addition of liver meds. His food is TOTW and we really haven't given any people food until the chicken today b/c of the new rescue..trying to teach manners first! The vet hoped it was prednisone related but she couldn't be definitive in fact the results showed that wasn't likely but he hasn't had any today and no change even with the diuretic they gave him. I will check out the dogfoodchat though, thanks!

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    Update: Took Jake to our vet, who disagrees with the evet and doesn't see any substantial fluid in the abdomen. Said we need to get him back on prednisone as you don't want to go cold turkey with a dose that high---great he has now missed 3 doses! He is reaching out to the specialist who has seen Jake and thinks that they have 1 other option of a drug to replace the prednisone as it doesn't seem to be controlling the inflammation. The droopy tummy is a result of muscle loss from the prednisone and can happen after a few weeks of high doeses...apparently a distinct difference b/w fluid filled and muscle strength loss.

    So we wait now to hear from the specialist on if we can try the other med..and for his cbc results...hope to hear this afternoon.

    Worst case scenario is this is liver function loss that can no longer be managed, then we have to make the decision of when it is too much loss of quality of life.

    So, here is to praying we can treat him with this other drug and it gives us more quality time together.

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    Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

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