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Q: Abdominal Distention in Overweight Dogs?

July 26, 2011 | By Jillian | 3 answers | Expired: 987 days ago

Jillian

How do I tell if Tosca {boxer/lab} has ascites since she's still about 10 pounds overweight and also very muscular? It would seem her stomach is distended some, but at the same time she has this muscular physique and is a solid and not flabby overweight dog.

She does pant a lot, possibly more than usual lately but she's always been a panter and it is summer. Only other thing is she does lay a lot anymore. No other signs or symptoms. I thought her stomach looked somewhat swollen the past month or so anyway but I also assumed she'd put some weight on from sneaking cat food so much. But she's actually lost a little weight since her last vet visit.

My other question is, b/c she has a vet appointment in about a week and a half that can't be pushed up, do I still get her in for possible ascites now or hold off until then? Moneys not exactly an issue, but at the same time I'd also like to save in case this {possible liver disease} ends up being serious. Is it always serious or something that can wait several days?

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Kelly
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Jul 26, 2011

Ascites usually causes a bloated or swollen look, usually all in the gut area resulting in a distended abdomen. I think you'd be able to differentiate between her being overweight & that. If you thump the stomach it makes a flat, dull sound. There's usually some discomfort around the abdomen when you press in that area or apply any kind of pressure. They usually are off their food too & tend to take on the appearance similar to that of the starving children you see on tv with ribs showing but stomachs very prominent. They have diarrhea & vomiting off & on.

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Kelly
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Jul 26, 2011

I just realized I didn't answer the last part of your question. I think they usually recommend that dogs be checked out fairly quickly if ascites is suspected just because the underlying cause of it could be potentially serious. There are lots of things that can cause it, so there's the real problem.

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Ches21
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Jul 26, 2011

I would take her to the vet, as for Skitters who is also overweight she has another problem she has a colapsing treikia so it is easier for her to gain weight than it is for her to lose weight. if she gets over excited she will start coghing and sometimes it takes sevral weeks for it to go away she has had it since she was a pup and we didn't know until after we got her but we didn't take her back cause we had already fallen in love with her. although this is more common in little dogs than big dogs I would take this in to consideration that this might be the problem. So take your dog to the vet and ask them to check to see if her treikia is colapsing there is surgey they can do for it but it is very exespinsive.

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