Wednesday, May 9, 2012

988. Follow up on ascites in an old Miniature Schnauzer

The 13-year-old Miniature Schnauzer had panting and a big swollen tummy. X-rays and blood tests were done. There was a swollen liver and distended abdomen. Some opacity in the front part of the lungs.

Vet 1 suspected liver tumour and attempted to draw some fluid from the abdomen but according to the owner, nothing came out. I was consulted and confirmed liver disorder from the blood test. 

I phoned yesterday. "The dog drinks 1,200 ml of water a day," the mother said. "The stomach is getting bigger." She knew the prognosis was poor as there was no cure. Is there anything to relieve the swelling? I advised increase in frequency of the medication for the next few days. 

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