Swollen abdomen in cats

Have you ever noticed a swollen abdomen in your pet? If yes, then you should be alerted because it can signal the presence of a significant illness in your dogs. One of the most serious, if not the most critical, illness with a presenting sign of a swollen abdomen is Bloat. In this condition, the dog’s abdomen can fill up with gas very quickly. It often becomes lopsided and firm enough that you can instantly use his abdomen as a drum – no kidding. Although, it seems cute or funny even, you really need to consult your vet immediately since this is a very serious case.

Another instance where the dog’s abdomen can appear swollen is when the canine has gained much weight. Obese dogs really have large ‘swelling’ abdomens that look a lot bigger to the point of being disproportionate to the rest of his body. You can distinguish obesity in your dogs if there are some body fats evident. However, if it seems that there’s not much body fat to support the claim of obesity in your pet then you may consider the swelling abdomen as something else.

Obviously, another case that can present a seemingly swelling abdomen is normal pregnancy. When your dog is pregnant, she will have an increased abdominal size due to the expansion of the ever growing pups inside her womb. But take note, this can only be the case if the pregnancy is already at its later stages, or if the bitch shows 1.5 to 2 months after a season, and if under the condition that she’s not been spayed. Along with this manifestation, the female dog can also exhibit normal pregnancy signs of swollen teats and mammary glands. A bloating abdomen during the very early stages of pregnancy can be pathologic.

With regard to puppies, they can appear bulging and swollen after a heavy meal. If this is not gas then there’s no need to worry because it is just a normal occurrence. Their abdomens will just be restored back to their normal appearances once food has been digested. Pups with great appetite are the ones easily seen to have bloating abdomens since their body sizes cannot match up with their insatiable appetites. Normally, a bloated abdomen due to food intake will subside as food goes down after an hour or two. Abdominal swelling that does not resolve several hours after a meal may mean something else, like worm infestation for example. In this instance, the puppies need to be de-wormed using the appropriate medications.

All in all, if you can’t identify any other reason for your dog’s swelling abdomen then have him checked by your vet immediately. There’s no need to lag because some cases of abdominal swelling are pretty serious. Although most cases occur in older dogs, you should still monitor your pets regardless of age since they all can be susceptible to liver diseases, heart problems, uterine infections, internal bleedings, peritonitis, hormone anomalies and certain growths. All of these illnesses can end up in a swollen abdomen.


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If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.