Q. Starting this am, my dog's belly has been very hard, appears to hurt. He doesn't want to do much but will eat and had a small bm. What could be wrong?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. He may have a build up of fluid or gas in his abdomen or an intestinal twist or obstruction. I recommend you get this assessed by a vet as soon as possible as abdominal swelling and pain can quickly turn into a crisis which requires emergency treatment. An x-ray or scan can rule out or diagnose many of these conditions and guide appropriate treatment, which may indeed be to monitor progress if it appears he has over indulged over the holidays