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My chihuahua has a big belly. She still eats and drinks

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My chihuahua has a big belly. She still eats and drinks water. Her stools are soft and she is urinating regularly her breathing can get labored and she takes a lot of naps. She is 13 years old. She doesn’t cry out in pain and still likes to have her tummy scratched. Should I be worried?

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She seems to look into my eyes as if she is trying to tell me something

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about your Chihuahua. I see you have been waiting for an answer; I just came online and saw your question.

I think you should be worried enough to take her to a veterinarian to be checked. It sounds like she is retaining fluid in her belly, and if she can get labored breathing, she may also have fluid in her chest.

If she has diarrhea/soft stool, she may have a condition called PLE, protein losing enteropathy, where her blood protein levels are low which allows the fluid to build up. It can be treated, and a blood tests should tell you if she has low blood protein (albumin).

She also could have liver, kidney, or heart disease; all of these can allow fluid to build up like this.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Please let me know when you see my answer, if it is helpful, and if you have other questions.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 28 days ago

I hope you are able to see my response. How is your chihuahua doing?

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