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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 panting2) Cushings-related or cushingoid symptomsMore info here: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/steroid-treatment-long-term-effects-in-dogs/951and 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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