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Q. My dog has a very swollen stomach he his large yorshire aprox 20 lbs he feeds has bowl mouvements and urinates how long can I whait to get him checkt

A. Your vet may also propose some radiographs.

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DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

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A. At this age a swollen belly is a typical sign of either Cushing's syndrome (an overproduction of corticosteroids by the adrenal gland either caused by a pituitary tumor or an adrenal tumor) or possibly an abdominal mass or excess fluid in the abdomen. You should take your dog to a vet soon for some blood tests. Treatment of the underlying condition will improve her quality of life significantly.

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