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Fluid in Abdomen in Dogs



Treatment is largely dependent on the underlying cause of the case of ascites. If symptoms are severe and the animal is having great discomfort, the abdomen may be tapped to remove fluid and make the animal 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) requires antibiotic therapy. It is important to note that aggressive medication treatment with diuretics, which are used to remove excess body fluid, may cause low levels of potassium in the blood, a condition known as hypokalemia. This can worsen symptoms and lead to further complications.


Living and Management


Continue to monitor symptoms and administer medications regularly, if prescribed. Also, restrict dietary salt, as it helps 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 dogs in confined locations, or on a leash, to prevent access to roads and other dangerous areas where traumatic incidents may occur.


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