Ascites in dogs – Causes and Treatment

It is important to dedicate time to your dog daily, not only because they are animals that need affection and socialization to enjoy true well-being, also because being in contact with your dog will allow you to quickly notice about any sign that may be indicating a pathology or disorder.

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To notice these signs is necessary contact, since through various demonstrations of affection, you may be aware if your puppy has sores, inflammations or edemas.

In this article of Perito Animal we show you the causes and treatment of ascites in dogs , a sign that can be very evident and involve great gravity.

What is ascites?

Ascites is also known as abdominal effusion, although this oar simply indicates the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity.

Ascites itself is not a problem, unless the edema is so severe that it presses the diaphragm causing respiratory difficulty, however, what can be very serious is the disorder that is causing this signal, since the fluid accumulated in the abdominal cavity can come from the internal organs, blood vessels or lymph nodes. To assess the severity of ascites, it is imperative to determine the underlying cause and condition of the tissues.

Causes of ascites in dogs

Ascites in dogs can have several causes and it is imperative that the veterinarian perform the necessary tests to determine where the problem originates. Among all possible causes, the following should be highlighted:

  • Low levels of protein in the blood
  • Cardiac insufficiency
  • Trauma with rupture of internal organs
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • Tumors with Bleeding
  • Diseases of the liver
  • Inflammation of the peritoneum (Peritonitis)
  • Blood vessel rupture
  • Renal Disorders

Symptoms of ascites in dogs

Ascites manifests itself primarily through abdominal distension ; however, it can sometimes be accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Weight gain
  • Signs of pain
  • Groans at bedtime
  • Difficulty breathing

Diagnosis and treatment of ascites in dogs

Diagnosis of ascites can be made through imaging tests such as radiography and abdominal ultrasound; however, the veterinarian can also analyze the urine and the emptying of the accumulated fluid in the abdomen will also be done, which should be analyzed later to establish the underlying cause.

The treatment of ascites can vary depending on each cause, in case there is infection antibiotic drugs will be required; on the other hand, if the cause is a tumor, a surgical intervention may be planned. Only the veterinarian can define the most appropriate treatment in each case.

a follow-up should be done to evaluate how the dog responds to the treatment and from home we can help by restricting the amount of salt in the dog’s food, since sodium aggravates the accumulation of body fluids.

Is it possible to prevent ascites in dogs?

There are so many causes of ascites that there is no method that guarantees 100% prevention , however, we can reduce the risk taking into account the following considerations:

  • Keep your dog in a safe place and take you for a guided walk to minimize the risk of injury
  • Feed your dog with a quality ration
  • Do not Automate Your Dog
  • Follow the established vaccination program exactly

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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Emily Harris

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