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Hi, I have a 1 year & 10 month old female shih tzu. A couple of weeks ago after her grooming session I noticed that her belly is bigger. Take note that she is acting normal, good appetite, and active. Since she wasn’t spayed I was worried that she was pregnant (i do have a male shih tzu) but the belly feels odd as it feels like it is filled with fluid. I know that’s NOT a good sign. The vet examined her and after asking me questions about her behavior etc he suggested that we try deworming her first before anything else. So we did. We waited 2 weeks and yes the belly has gotten a tiny bit smaller but I can still “feel” the fluid (if that made sense). So we went back to the vet and had her blood works tested. The vet suspected it’s either a liver or kidney issue. The test results came in and her liver and kidney are okay— but she was mildly anemic. She is now on iron supplement and multivitamins for that. However I still can’t rest well because of the big belly issue so I researched and asked my vet if we could test her heart. He agreed so we had her do an xray and ECG. Again, the results are positive, no problem with her heart according to the vet but her tummy is indeed full of fluid. So vet gave us furosemide and after just a day her tummy is flat. Vet said I could stop giving her furosemide if tummy is smaller now because that could dehydrate my dog. But now that she is off of that diuretic, i’m concerned that the fluid will come back. I still don’t know what caused that fluid in the first place. I appreciate the vet but he is not very good at diagnosing what caused that fluid build up. Also I should mention that she has nose bleeds like once in every 2 months. I don’t know if that’s because it’s just hot in here or that’s something to take into consideration. But other than that she’s just a happy baby. I just want to know if someone can help me understand what’s going on with her. Thank you so much in advance.
 

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Google the medication name & it tells you all about it & what its used for. It works by stopping the body from absorbing salt so the doggy pees it out.
 

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If you have concerns about your Vets ability to correctly diagnose, its time to take her to another Vet. I would suggest a specialist, probably an Internist.
 

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If it comes back now that she's off the medicine I'd get a second opinion from another vet. Sometimes vets get stuck on one diagnosis, or just don't have any idea what something could be if it's not the usual problems, and getting a second opinion will get you an accurate diagnosis.

It sounds like your current vet has opted to treat the symptoms but not figure out what the underlying problem is.

I'd also look up common health problems in Shih Tzu and see if the fluid might be related to something like that. If it is I'd get her spayed since such problems are usually genetic and she should not be bred.
 

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Thinking about this, one cause of an enlarged belly, can be an enlarged liver. There can be many causes, if that is the case, some benign some serious. I really believe you need to take her to another Vet that will determine the underlying cause for the symptoms you describe.
 
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