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my dog has a pot belly what should i do. she is eating and

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my dog has a pot belly what should i do. she is eating and drinking and using the bathroom.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Lajos replied 7 years ago.
Hello and welcome to Just Answer

I have a few questions that will help me assist you

How old id your dog?

Does your dog have any diarrhea, or significant gas?

Does your dog appear to be in pain?

Has your dog been dewormed or is your dog on a monthly heartworm preventative?

Thanks
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
have a few questions that will help me assist you

How old id your dog? 15 years old

Does your dog have any diarrhea, or significant gas? no

Does your dog appear to be in pain? no

Has your dog been dewormed or is your dog on a monthly heartworm preventative? yes she is on heartworm pills every month
Expert:  Dr. Lajos replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for the reply.

I take it that this pot belly appearance has developed over time and does not go away. There are several possible causes for this including increased abdominal fat, but usually the fat would be more spread out across all parts of the body. There are a few other possible metabolic causes including: Canine Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism), diseases that cause chronic protein loss (kidney disease, liver disease, some intestinal diseases), heart failure causing ascites (fluid build up), possibly diabetes, and possibly abdominal tumors. Doing a thorough workup, including blood work and a urinanalysis would help sort out what is causing this. Puppies often have pot bellies due to intestinal parasites.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1597&aid=416

I hope this helps

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