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Painful Abdomen in Dogs

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Treatment

 

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.

 

 

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