Fluid collecting in abdomen

Epperson123

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Bubba, our precious 5 month old baby, has fluid collecting in his abdomen. He doesn't act sick, just looks like he has gained a lot of weight. He had diarrerra for about three weeks. Finally got over that. Took him to vet yesterday and they don't know what is going on. We go back to doctor on Tuesday. They said it might be heart problems. Has anyone else had problems like this. Bubba is my baby. We all love him very much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Bubba, our precious 5 month old baby, has fluid collecting in his abdomen. He doesn't act sick, just looks like he has gained a lot of weight. He had diarrerra for about three weeks. Finally got over that. Took him to vet yesterday and they don't know what is going on. We go back to doctor on Tuesday. They said it might be heart problems. Has anyone else had problems like this. Bubba is my baby. We all love him very much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I'm so very sorry to hear about your baby Bubba. I have no experience w/this, but hopefully someone on here will advice. Sending prayers to your baby, please keep us posted!!!


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Texas Carol

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Will pray for your sweet baby, Bubba...GOD bless y'all & be
with you thru this. Please update us on his condition.
Sending hugs of hope & strength <3
 

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Hi, I'm sorry that you are going through this with Bubba, and I hope the vet finds the cause of the fluid buildup, and it is something that can be treated. I don't have any experience with this, but found some information on it for you.



by Deborah Braconnier, Demand Media


Dog Care » Food » Canine Ascites

Excessive panting and ascites can be a sign of congestive heart failure.


Ascites refers to the buildup of fluid in the abdomen. While this fluid buildup contributes to symptoms such as increased abdomen size, abdominal tenderness, lethargy, anorexia, vomiting and weakness, the fluid is actually a symptom of other underlying medical conditions. Before your veterinarian can reduce the ascites, he must diagnosis its cause. If you notice irregular swelling in your dog’s abdomen, seek veterinary care immediately as it can be a sign of a serious condition.




Diagnosis


To begin with, a veterinarian will examine the fluid in the abdomen for bacteria, protein and blood. Urine samples, X-rays and ultrasounds are other diagnostic options. Once the fluid has been examined, the veterinarian will look for other symptoms associated with other possible medical conditions. If the swelling is causing breathing difficulty, your veterinarian can administer diuretics to reduce the fluid buildup. However, this can lead to low levels of potassium in the blood and your dog will require monitoring.


Underlying Causes


Common causes of ascites in dogs include abdominal bleeding, abdominal cancer, a ruptured bladder, nephrotic syndrome, low protein levels in the blood, liver damage and congestive heart failure. Septic ascites is a symptom of a bacterial infection treated with antibiotics.


Nephrotic Syndrome


Ascites is the most common symptom in nephrotic syndrome. Nephrotic syndrome occurs when your dog’s kidneys improperly filter waste and release high levels of protein into the urine. This protein loss causes low blood pressure, decreased cholesterol breakdown and muscle wasting. In addition to ascites, other symptoms of nephrotic syndrome include limb and optic nerve swelling, heart rhythm disturbances, difficulty breathing and a bluish-purple skin tone. Treatment includes regular care, and hospitalization is often necessary to stabilize your dog. Low-protein, low-sodium diets are often necessary.


Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure


Congestive heart failure refers to the hearts inability to pump blood effectively throughout the body. Right-sided congestive heart failure occurs when leaking occurs as the right ventricle pumps blood through to the lungs. This blood leaks back into the right atrium of the heart, eventually causing a backup in blood circulation. Ascites is a common symptom of right-sided congestive heart failure. Other symptoms include persistent coughing, difficulty breathing, panting, weight loss and bluish gums.
 

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Very sorry to hear this, I've never heard of this before. Sending prayers for your sweet baby!


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2BullyMama

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sorry very sorry to hear your baby is sick.... I have no experience with this condition, but will send positive thoughts and LOTS of prayers to you and Bubba!
 

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Hello,

Another possible condition could be stones as in bladder or kidney. While the stones don't cause the fluid to collect in the abdomen, if a stone get stuck in the urethra, he won't be able to empty his bladder. We had a male that had that issue. We noticed that he was not able to pee normally and it slowed to a drip.

Have you watch your dog pee to see if he can produce a steady stream or is it just slow drips/dribbles?

I hope he will be ok.
I will watch for your reply.

Good Day~
 

AmandaHaygood

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Bubba, our precious 5 month old baby, has fluid collecting in his abdomen. He doesn't act sick, just looks like he has gained a lot of weight. He had diarrerra for about three weeks. Finally got over that. Took him to vet yesterday and they don't know what is going on. We go back to doctor on Tuesday. They said it might be heart problems. Has anyone else had problems like this. Bubba is my baby. We all love him very much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I see your post is quite old but it caught my eye. My sons 9 month old English bulldog is doing the exact same thing. Did you ever get any answers? Did the dog get better? We have already been to the vet and the blood work showed low protein, low iron, and anemic. White blood cell count normal so no infection. And elevated liver enzymes. She didn't really know what the issue is. She treated him for parasites but only because she didn't know where else to start. But none of his labs showed signs of parasites. He did a five day medicine. But the fluid hasn't went down. The vet says it can take up to 2 weeks but i don't think it's working and everything I hav read about it just is more bad news like organ failure. Any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated TIA
 

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We have already been to the vet and the blood work showed low protein, low iron, and anemic. White blood cell count normal so no infection. And elevated liver enzymes……


I personally would put the dog on a raw diet n add fermented food mixed in. Raw diet needs to have a balance ratio of protein, organs, bones n blood. Not a piece of raw meat at the grocery stores. One pound per 50lb dog. Either you buy it online or pet shop. Other members can tell you what they buy as in Canada we don’t have all the same brands.
 

lovemybull

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If you have an accredited vet school nearby, see what you can do to see a specialist there. Here is the US list (https://www.avma.org/education/center-for-veterinary-accreditation/accredited-veterinary-colleges). My bully had fluid buildup however it was later in life and was caused by a heart issue compounded with a liver issue. I was lucky enough to have an accredited vet school within the state and got a referral from my regular vet to go there. Best of luck to you- hope Bubba's issue can be diagnosed and resolved quickly for a long and healthy life.
 

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