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I have had experience with large breed dogs (Great Danes)

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I have had experience with large breed dogs (Great Danes) having torsion. I have a smaller pit bull and her abdomen seems more distended than usual. She has none of the typical signs of torsion. She has the same energy level, appetite, and movement as normal. She is also fixed. What else could this be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 1 year ago.


My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that Ginger seems to have a more distended abdomen.

This can be caused by many different things-

-GDV (as you previously suggested, but those dogs look awful, as you know)

-Cushing's disease

-tumor in the spleen or liver or other (intestines, pancreas)

-bleeding into the abdomen from above tumor or blood clotting problem


-other fluid in the abdomen say from right sided heart failure or low blood protein level

-hypothyroidism (severe and chronic)

-severe uncontrolled diabetes
I would recommend starting with a physical exam and complete blood work and urinalysis. This will determine if there is fluid or solids in the abdomen and if there is a metabolic cause. Abdominal ultrasound is also very helpful in making the diagnosis.

Does this help? What other questions do you have?

Dr. Amanda

Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 1 year ago.


How is Ginger tonight? Were you able to talk to her veterinarian about causes of distended abdomen? Do you have more questions for me?

Dr. Amanda