Yorkie with Swollen Stomach

This little dog is a dog with a swollen stomach. Better yet, a Yorkie with swollen stomach!! We love him at the clinic. In this video, Dr. Smith discusses why the owners decided to seek help. When he came to the hospital, his stomach was swollen and Dr. Smith said: “It looks like he swallowed a bowling ball!” He is a dog with a swollen stomach. After running a bunch of tests, we procured two diagnosis: right sided heart failure and lymphangiectasia. UMH!! What the he!l is “lymphan….whatever?” Actually, it is a disease usually seen in Terrier breeds occurring when the lymph vessels of the intestines fail to function properly. This failure leads to fluid going into the abdomen. When the fluid builds up, the belly looks like a bowling ball. Very uncomfortable for these lil’ guys!! We treat these problems with a few different medicines.

For the heart failure, we are going to use Vetmedin and Lasix. For the lymphan….whatever, we will use prednisone. Hopefully, we can get Pepper feeling better and get him back to being his old self.

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  1. Patricia Furger says:

    My yorkie is 10 months old. She stopped eating. Has a swollen tummy. Is very tired. And her nose is warm. She also had diarrhea a few days ago with a little blood in it. She hasn’t had another diarrhea since. What could it be. My dad says it will pass. He doesn’t want to spend another $500.00 at the vets for nothing. 3 weeks ago she had diarrhea and vomiting, we took her to a vet, he gave her fluid under her skin & a blood test , & fecal test. All tests came back negative. He also gave her pills to stop vomiting & diarrhea & that stopped it all till now. What can we do?

  2. margaret says:

    I HAVE A YORKIE AGE 3 .I HAVE HAD HER AT THE VET A LOT IN THE LAST MONTH WITH FLUID BUILD UP. LOOSE STOOLS JUST A SICK BABY. THE VET HAS SAID HE THINKS IT ID HER LIVER. SHE SSTAYED IN THE HOSPITAL A WEEK .LACI is home for 4or5 days doing better but today 8/24/13. Her belly is swelling again. I cant keep this up. She is on MEDS. An a fluid pill. Going every week. I don’t know what to do

    • Might be protein loss issue with subsequent fluid build up. Sometimes, these issues are difficult to treat. Check blood and good luck!

      • Lesia says:

        My Meeka (yorkie) has been sick since November 1, 2013. All of a sudden one day her tummy was huge like she ate a bowling ball. her blood tests have showed low proteins. she is on 4 different medications and she has been “tapped” once a week for the past two months to drain some of the fluid in her belly. Other than that he is her same self. I have tried various types of foods for her (she is a picky eater) but so far nothing has helped. She has been on white fish, potatoes, and carrots for 3 days now and it has been more than a week since I had her “tapped”. I never did get the endoscopy done as the specialist had told me that these are the drugs he would have given her no matter what they found. So now I am trying to manage her food. She hasn’t gotten any bigger, but she hasn’t gotten any smaller; we’ll be at the vet next week for blood tests and probably a tap to make her a little comfortable. As I have been reading I think she has Intestinal Lymphangiectasia.

        • Your presumption is probably correct. Sounds like you have a good, practical veterinarian giving you good advice. Unfortunately, these cases are not curable; however, they can be managed and it sounds like your veterinarian is giving you excellent advice.

  3. […] Yorkie with bloated stomach Have anyone had this problem with their yorkie. My daughter has a 6 year old neutered male who over the last year or so has developed bloat of his stomach every couple of months. She has him on prednisone and another drug (not sure of the name) every time it happens and it clears up but only for a little while and it comes back again. She saw this and was wondering if anyone else has come across this problem with their dog. The vet doesn't seem to know what is wrong with him and as long as the meds work for a short period of time I think they just want her to keep coming back Here is the link that see found. http://franklintnvet.com/yorkie-with-swollen-stomach/ […]

  4. Michelle says:

    My almost 6 year old male Yorkie keeps getting a swollen belly. It lasts a couple days for then goes away. This has happened 2-3 times in the last 2-3 months. I’ve brought him to the vet twice and blood work came back fine and he tested negative for parasites. He is still active and does not seem uncomfortable. He can be a picky eater certain days but seems to have a normal appetite. I have not noticed any excessive drinking or urinating.

  5. Maurisa says:

    My yorkie is 6 yrs old and has a bloated stomach, his behavior is normal he’s been gassy for the past couple of days what should I do?

    • The best thing to do is have your Yorkie examined by a veterinarian. If he/she is acting ok without any signs, then you can probably wait and see if the bloating resolves. Otherwise, consult your vet.

  6. Maurisa says:

    Thanks much will do.

  7. Karen Abascal says:

    Hi. My 12 year old yorkie is with a swollen stomach all the time. It feels like it gets full of air! She always eats too quickly and I am trying to help her with this habit. Can I do something else?

    • If the swelling comes and goes after eating, my suggestion would be to feed multiple smaller meals throughout the day. If the stomach is swollen all the time, i would seek advice from a veterinarian.

  8. lucy huff says:

    My 4 year old yorkie got into something outside and has swelled up nearly three times her size. The vet says it was some kind of chemical but really wasn’t too sure other than it wasn’t antifreeze. Shes been sick for almost two weeks and I don’t know what to do. Bloodwork still hasn’t come back and I’m wondering how to take care of this sick dog?

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