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In the last 7 days she has lost considerable wieght, however…

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In the last 7...

In the last 7 days she has lost considerable wieght, however her belly seems large

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

Bailey

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bailey?

6 yr old basset/mix

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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I'm sorry to hear of this with *****, *****. Weight loss but a swollen abdomen suggests an abdominal effusion - a collection of fluid in the abdominal space. This is seen with right-sided heart failure, a decreased amount of albumin (a small protein) in the blood stream - either because the liver isn't able to produce enough albumin or Bailey is losing too much albumin through her urine or bowels; inflammation from infection or neoplasia (cancer) inside the abdomen, and rarer causes. Bailey's vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam on Bailey paying particular attention to Bailey's heart and including analysis of a small sample of the fluid and blood and urine tests.

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