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My 13 yr old Min Pin was diagnosed with a tumor in her chest

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My 13 yr old Min Pin was diagnosed with a tumor in her chest and only 2 to 3 months to live. The vet put her on Prednisone. My vet did no other test. My dog now has panting and a bloated belly after 6wks on the prednison. She also has a lemon size hematoma under the skin on her left side.. Thinking of taking her for a second opion. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks,
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about now?
Customer: Yes she has hookworms I have been unable to get rid of.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 year ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 year ago

Hookworms should be simple to get rid of, especially if you are using a monthly dewormer. If this has not already been done, talk to your vet about filling a prescription for a dewormer you can use every 2-4 weeks until she has a clear stool sample. Monthly heart worm prevention can also do the job of deworming against hooks and make the treatment effective. Often we have to keep a dog on treatment if they're in an environment that is heavily infested with hookworm eggs or they're picking them up constantly and the infestation continues as a cycle.

If nothing else, a recheck would be wise. It sounds like she has developed two fairly common symptoms of steroid usage:

1) Chronic panting
2) Cushings-related or cushingoid symptoms

More info here: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/steroid-treatment-long-term-effects-in-dogs/951
and here: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/cushings-disease-in-dogs/545

Bloodwork and an examination would be indicated at this time, along with the second opinion.

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