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About two mouths ago i noticed my 14 year old Chihuahua mix

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about two mouths ago i noticed my 14 year old Chihuahua mix was losing weight he was eating good i gave him word meds that i got from pet smart it was a powder and was giving in three different doses he started gaining weight about a week ago i noticed he was looking swollen he looks like he could pop open he is very tight in abdomen he still walks around normal eats good he is getting arthritis but still does pretty good what do think the swelling could be thks mhj
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
this was meant for a vet
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

1) Are you noticing any coughing?
2) Can you tell me any many breaths per minute he's taking?
3) Any pictures to share of the abdomen?
4) Any change in his water consumption?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no coughing he is not close by will get the other details later
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Sounds good. I'll keep an eye out for your reply.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no coughing not drinking much water he is in a outside pen cant find any stool on ground can send a pic later
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Please do send a picture at your convenience.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
wanted to let you know also i have been feeding him 13.2 oz can of pedigree chop chicken and a 2 cups of dry pedigree a day for about 3 weeks i may have caused some of the prob over feeding also he measures about 22 inches around
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Over feeding is definitely a concern. As a chihuahua, the amount of canned food you're giving should be suitable for a dog his size, not to mention the additional 2 cups of food. If he's not showing any signs of being unwell, cut his foot back tomorrow by at least 25% and re-measure his waist line the morning following. He should have a great reduction in the expansion you're seeing. If not, I would urge you to have him examined. A swollen abdomen like this could indicate liver concerns, Cushing's disease, cardiac failure, etc. If you do see an improvement in the size, keep him on an increased feeding schedule but don't overdo it. You cannot fix a pet being too thin overnight, so to speak, so gradually increase the amount of calories he's retaining by giving slightly more food than he needs. At this volume, he's eating enough for a 50 pound dog each day. That's far too much for such a small breed of dog.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion doing?