My 6-year-old Pit Bull, Aubie, is breathing really hard and panting a lot. Over the past two days her belly has become extremely extended.
Do we need to take her to our vet immediately?
I’m sorry to hear that your Pit Bull is in her current state.
Yes, you should immediately take Aubie to your regular veterinarian or emergency veterinary hospital for evaluation and appropriate treatment.
There are a variety of potentially life-threatening illnesses that could be causing her condition, including gastric dilatation/volvulus (GDV, which is also called bloat); a gastric (stomach) or small intestinal foreign body or obstruction; organ system enlargement (the liver, spleen, etc. due to cancer, torsion, etc.); pyometra (if she is unspayed) and many others.
Any abdominal distention merits immediate veterinary evaluation, especially if it is paired with the clinical signs of panting. The panting concerns me because it could indicate discomfort or inefficient oxygenation (due to a problem with her lungs, red blood cells, etc.).
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