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Dog has no appetite, losing weight, diarrhea, edema in legs

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Dog has no appetite, losing weight, diarrhea, edema in legs and face, low protein, blood in urine, enlarged spleen. No obivious mass found in abd. ultrasound, chest x-ray looked good. Clotting fators are normal.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 8 years ago.
I don't know of tick borne diseases that cause the low protein, and the low protein is probably the cause of the edema. I would be looking for cancer and IBD, but with low protein and diarrhea I would also be looking for a condition called lymphangectasia, Have never seen it in a Boxer, but it is possible. It is a condition where the lining of the intestine leaks fluid and protein into the intestine. I am sure your specialist thought of this, but you could ask.

I would also do a test called UPCR on the urine,to see if the loss of protein is in the urine. Back to the tick thing (and this is a bit of a stretch), Lyme disease can cause kidney damage, which can cause protein to leak into the urine, and cause the low protein and the blood in the urine. So I guess I wouldn't say no to the tick question after all. I would ask your internal medicine specialist about all of this. Good Luck, Rebecca