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Feature October 2016 Issue

Understanding Ascites in Cats

Some cats don’t seem to be bothered by ascites, while others are clearly uncomfortable. Much depends on the volume of fluid that has accumulated.

Understanding Ascites in Cats

ccumulation of fluid in the abdomen is an important — and usually dangerous — sign of illness in cats. Here's what you should know about it.

Ascites (pronounced “a-site-eez”) is the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. It is a sign of disease, rather than a diagnosis. Unfortunately, there are very few benign causes of ascites. Because there are so many possible causes of ascites, the historical findings will vary in each individual case.

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