Q. French Bulldog is beiing fed baby rice cereal. Accute bloating after eating. All other perameters/physical exam are within normal limits. Any ideas ?
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. At this point if you've ruled out obvious abnormalities with blood work it's time for imaging. I would suggest survey x-rays first and then a GI transit time study with barium. Ultrasound may be of value ultimately but I would start with plain films and then contrast.
I think at this point you'd have to put unusual conditions like a gastric outflow obstruction and motility disorders on your list. If x-rays and contrast studies are normal (I'm suspecting they won't be, however, with your description of the bloating) you might consider cisapride, but only after ruling out an obstruction. We could certainly consult about this if you'd like. If you've had Frenchies before you're likely aware that they can have GDV and so you'll need to keep him very quiet during these episodes of bloating (if he's not already gastropexied).
A. If it is still being bottle fed, an appropriate puppy milk replacer such as Esbilac should be fed. Visit your local pet store and ask for any puppy milk replacer product. The pup should be bottle fed while positioned on its abdomen. Burping after each feeding as you would a baby is necessary. If the pup is weaned, it should be eating a high quality puppy food, not rice cereal. The food can be mixed with water to make a gruel if the weaning was recent, otherwise add enough water to moisten the food.