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.
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.
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.
A process in which fluid accumulates in the space between the layers of pleura
The sac that holds the testes; may also be referred to as the scrotal sac
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Lower levels of potassium in the blood than normal
The collection of fluid in the tissue
The collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
Refers to a condition in which fluid collects around the vital organs located inside the abdomen. This is normally the side effect of a more serious condition, like liver disease or heart disease. Certain bacterial infections can also cause the build-up of such fluid, as can certain types of cancer. An animal experiencing abdominal effusion will likely have an extremely bloated midsection.
The escape of fluid or blood into tissues or body spaces or cavities