The course of treatment will depend on the diagnosis. However, surgery is often necessary. Intravenous fluid therapy is usually required, as animals with acute abdomen are usually dehydrated, and this can quickly become a life threatening condition. Pain medication may be prescribed as well, to give your dog some relief.
Medicines can be used to decrease stomach acids and coat the stomach, depending on the cause of the disease. Likewise, if the disease so indicates, your dog may be given medicine to stop the vomiting and antibiotics to inhibit bacterial infection.
Living and Management
Acute abdomen is generally an indicator of a serious disease requiring intensive care under the supervision of a veterinarian. Several days of care are typical; in some cases, an animal may have to remain in ICU (intensive care unit) for prolonged periods.
After taking your dog home, give all of the prescribed medications exactly as your veterinarian instructs, for the entire amount of time that has been prescribed, even after the symptoms have passed and your dog appears to have fully recovered. Observe your dog closely for any changes. If you see swelling, pus, or if you have questions, call your doctor immediately, as this can turn into a life threatening condition quickly.
Follow-up appointments with your veterinarian are essential to assure that your dog's condition is improving.
A medical condition in which the peritoneum becomes inflamed
The membrane that covers the wall of the abdomen and pelvic area
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The hollow bodily organ that holds the embryo and fetus and provides nourishment; only found in female animals.
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
The widening of something
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
A medical condition in which the small intestines are inflamed
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
To slow something down or cause it to stop
The term for black feces that has blood in it