General information on Ascites
Ascites is a build up of abdominal fluid. There can be many causes, many of which can be very serious, that may include liver disease, trauma, peritonitis, abdominal masses.
Symptoms of Ascites
Symptoms of Ascites in cats may include swollen abdomen, vomiting, fever, difficulty breathing, coughing, lethargy, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Treatments for Ascites
You vet may perform a therapeutic abdominocentisis to remove a large amount of abdominal fluid. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be given. If the cat is experiencing difficulty breathing, oxygen therapy may be administered. Intravenous fluids may be indicated in case of dehydration or shock.
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Ascites - personal experiences
Ascites experience by - Debbie
My new Himelayen Blue Point kitten was with us for less than 2 1/2 months when it was diagnosed with Feline Infectious Perotinitis (FIP). After our Vet gave us the prognosis, we were in total shock. Our "Lovey" had always lived up to her name. To look at her and she her in action, you would never know she was so sick. Given that, our Vet said we could take her home and spoil her rotten. But reminded us that her demise was in the very near future. They offered abdominocentisis as needed but offered no treatment or cure for her disease.
That was 8 1/2 weeks ago. We have taken Lovey in for abdominocentisis about every 7 days. Lovey seems to know when she is uncomfortable enough that she is willing to go for the procedure. She has specific behavior that lets me know she is ready. She will even climb into her carrier on her own accord when she is going for the treatment. She tolerates the procedure fairly well. She usually gets restless and agitated when the fluid level is down enough to bring her comfort. There is always a palpable amount of fluid remaining. Her usual results range from 150-300cc.
Her eyes remai bright. She still grooms herself and continues to eat well and seeks us out for interaction.
I have even questioned several Vets that perhaps she has been misdiagnosed. Their response has always been the same. Not a chance.
Her abdomin does seem to be filling up sooner after each procedure now. And I do believe she is deteriorating with each one.....but I am grateful for the time we have been given with our precious Angel Love (her legal name). I was told when she was diagnosed that the usual course of treatment is to euthanize.
I believe the abdominocentisis has given Lovey a lot more time and a better quality of life.
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