PetMeds® Abdomen or Stomach Swelling in Dogs
|A common presentation in the veterinary clinic is a dog with a swollen abdomen or stomach. Throughout my experience the underlying swelling may be due to accumulated fat, fluid, or potentially from a mass or tumor. Amongst the many potential causes include heart, liver, kidney disease, as well as various digestive tract disorders causing low blood protein levels.|
Large tumors that also may obstruct the lymphatic or blood circulation can also cause a swollen abdomen. In these instances a full medical workup should reveal an underlying cause and depending upon the history and physical exam may include a full blood/urine panel, X-rays and/or ultrasound. As a result, if your pet is showing signs of a swollen abdomen it is best to have a full medical assessment and workup at the veterinarian’s office, and not treated at home with over the counter medications.