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My shishu is 14. She has started panting a lot and urinating has increased. She also drinks more water. She took prednisone for allergies and now around her midsection looks like she has gained weight. What caused this and would a low

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?

Sophie could she take a low dose water pill

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sophie?

Other than she is spoiled rotten!!

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Sophie. Can you clarify for me if she's still taking prednisone? This glucocorticoid (steroid) can cause panting, polydipsia (increased thirst), and polyuria (increased volume of urine). If her abdomen appears larger, her abdominal muscles may have weakened and sagged. These symptoms taken together are signs of Cushing's disease which can be iatrogenic (caused by treatment...in this case the prednisone) or Sophie can suffer from spontaneously appearing Cushing's disease which is usually caused by a pituitary gland tumor and less commonly by an adrenal gland tumor.

If Sophie's abdomen is effusive (free fluid in the abdominal cavity) instead, a diuretic ("water pill") could be of value but that would depend upon the cause of the effusion.

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