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Dog Abdominal Cavity Inflammation - Dog Peritoneal Cavity

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Treatment

 

Dogs with peritonitis should be hospitalized in the intensive care unit for fluid and electrolyte therapy. Your pet's diet will need to be changed to a low-sodium diet if an underlying heart disease is detected. If the dog is in need of nutritional support, a feeding tube can be placed directly into the digestive tract, or feedings can be administered by injection (parenteral). Once the dog has been stablized, your veterinarian will begin to prescribe and administer medication.

 

If your dog has a bacterial or chemical peritonitis, surgery will be required to resolve the condition. These are serious conditions, and many animals may die despite having surgical treatment. Bloodwork will be repeated every one to two days, or as your doctor deems necessary, while your dog is in the intensive care unit.

 

Living and Management

 

If your dog needs to undergo surgery, or if it needs time to heal from a trauma to the abdomen, allow it a quiet and safe space to recover, away from active children and other pets. During recovery, your dog will need to be given a diet that will not place stress on the abdomen.

 

Ask your veterinarian for advice on dietary changes you may need to make for your dog, and whether the changes need to be made for a short duration, or for the lifetime of your pet.

 

 

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