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He has polyps in his large intestine. They are benign.

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He has polyps in his large intestine. They are benign. However, yesterday his penis and scrotum started swelling. He is still eating and drinking. I left a message with our vet but have yet to receive a call back. He is a 12 year old chocolate lab.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name?

Moco

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

He does bleed some when he has a bowel movement.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Have you been able to get in touch with Moco's vet?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He thinks Moco may have gotten into something he is allergic too. That's the reason he has a swollen scrotum and penis. He does not think it's related to the polyps. He put him on Ciprofloxacin and Predinsone. He started them yesterday. He also said he has a strong heart beat. However, it does have a slight muffled sound. He thinks he might have CHF. Last night I noticed some swelling in his left leg which has never happened before.��
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Thank you for the additional information. I, too, am concerned that the swelling you're seeing is a dependent and peripheral edema such as is seen with right-sided heart failure and hypoalbuminemia (a lack of the large protein albumin in the body) which can arise secondary to a poorly functioning liver that can't produce enough albumin or albumin loss through damaged kidneys or bowel. Albumin is necessary to keep fluids inside vessels and out of spaces such as under the skin or body cavities. If congestive heart failure is present, prednisone will worsen it as it will cause fluid retention. Such swelling would be unusual with an allergy. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Should I notify my vet that the left leg started to swell shortly after I gave him the meds? I know he is an older dog and I may not have much time. However, I want him to be comfortable and happy. I certainly don't want to give him anything that could worsen his condition.
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Absolutely. It indicates worsening of the edema. Diagnostics at this time should include X-rays of his chest and checking his serum albumin level as part of a more general senior/geriatric diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests.

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