PetMeds® Abdomen or Stomach Swelling in Dogs

Swelling may be due to accumulated fat, fluid, or potentially from a mass or tumor. 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.

Related Posts

Leave a Comment