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Fluid in Abdomen in Cats

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Treatment

 

Treatment is largely dependent on the underlying cause of the ascites. If symptoms are so severe that your cat is suffering, its abdomen may be tapped to remove fluid so that your cat is more comfortable. Corrective surgery may be necessary in some cases; for example, if a tumor is present or to control abdominal bleeding.

 

Medications are determined according to the underlying cause. For instance, fluid buildup due to bacterial infection (known as septic ascites) will require antibiotic therapy. It is important to note that aggressive treatment with diuretics, which are used to remove excess body fluid, may also cause low levels of potassium in the blood, a condition known as hypokalemia. This has the possibility of worsening symptoms, leading to further complications.

 

Living and Management

 

Continue to monitor symptoms and to administer the full course of the medications, if prescribed. Restricting dietary salt will help to control fluid accumulation related to some causes of ascites, such as liver damage, heart failure, and low levels of protein in the blood.

 

Prevention

 

Due to the fact that there are many different causes of ascites, there is no one all-encompassing prevention method that can be recommended. To avoid abdominal fluid buildup due to trauma, keep your cat in confined locations, or on a leash, to prevent access to roads and other dangerous areas where injuries may occur.

 

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