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My Maltese is 8 years old. Her stomach is very bloated. The

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My Maltese is 8 years old. Her stomach is very bloated. The vet ran blood tests, X-ray and ultrasound of stomach but everything was fine except her blood pressure was high. They put her on a weight mgmt diet and blood pressure medicine. After six weeks she is still bloated and she weighs more. At night time she snorts and her breathing is very loud.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I'm concerned that Coco was found to be hypertensive yet her testing to date hasn't determined why hypertension exists. In dogs, the diseases most commonly associated with systemic hypertension are chronic kidney disease (especially proteinuric - loss of protein through the urine - kidney disease), hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease - an important consideration when "bloating" and weight gain are seen), diabetes mellitus, and pheochromocytoma (a rare adrenal gland tumor).

Is Coco polyphagic (increased hunger)? Is she polydipsic (increased thirst)? Is she polyuric (increased volume of urine)? Can you upload a copy of her test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy of the results at home but her vet should be able to give you one which you could scan into your computer and give me the link or you can photograph the page(s) and upload the images by using the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see such an icon) or by using an external app such as dropbox.com.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
She does have increased thirst and urination. The vet thinks that is because of the blood pressure medicine but she has been on a really strict diet and weighs more than when she started the diet. She has gone from 8 lbs to over 12 since Aug. She was also seen by an eye specialist because she has some vision loss but the eye doc said that her physical eye is fine and it could be an autoimmune disease or brain issue. The problem is the treatment for those is steroids which will make her appetite increased. I am concerned and wanted to see if I should get another opinion.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thank you for the additional information. 8 to 12 lbs in 4 months is a 50% increase in weight. Coupled with her polydipsia/polyuria and hypertension, Cushing's disease is an important differential in a Maltese. I very much want to review her test results and it would be prudent to discuss the possibility of Cushing's with Coco's vet. The low-dose dexamethasone suppression blood test is the test of choice for Cushing's disease.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi Cathy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Coco. How is everything going?
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