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what causes fluid build up in the abdomen of a dog

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what causes fluid build up in the abdomen of a dog
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

 

If the proteins are low - this may then be fluid leaking out of the blood vessels (not blood, but clear fluid from low protein) causing a belly full of fluid.

This can be from kidney problems or even liver problems leading to low protein levels.

Heart disease can also do this.

 

This link may also help:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ascites-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
The labs told us her liver function is normal and the sonogram told us her kidneys are fine. How would they fix the leaking vessels of fluid?
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

It would need to first be determined why they are leaking (infection? inflammation?) then attack the underlying cause.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
what would they have to do to determine why they are leaking? The endoscopy showed significant inflammation, biopsies were done and nothing was found. A specialist and a vet claim she has nothing wrong with her but they do not want to keep tapping the fluid. Also, could the potential heart disease affect any of the lab results? I guess what I'm asking is, how would they determine it was heart disease?
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

Bloodwork, x-rays, and ultrasound - infectious disease titers such as tick titers.

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Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

Heart disease would be determined via an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

If the fluid isn't stopped through antibiotics and they have decided to quit draining it, would it make her terminal? what do you think the prognosis is?

Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

The prognosis would unfortunately then be poor.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Do you think the dog is suffering?
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

That is hard for me to say without examining your dog - I would make an appointment with your vet - have the tests performed, and decide if there is something we can treat or not treat.

 

Good luck!

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Ok last question...they put her on a high protein diet only, ie. eggs, rice, chicken! she is only getting skinnier. Can we feed her regular dog food to help gain weight or will that irritate her bowel and cause diarrhea?
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

Regular dog food should not be a problem.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
would you recommend getting an ecg? or is it likely that if it is heart disease it is terminal?
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 6 years ago

 

An ECHO - not a ECG

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