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  • Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
    Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
  • Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
    Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
  • Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
    Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
  • Up to one in six cats have heart disease.
    Up to one in six cats have heart disease.

Abdominocentesis

Removal of fluid from the abdominal cavity (ascites). Abdominocentesis is not usually an emergency procedure. Removal of the fluid often relieves discomfort in an animal. After site preparation, catheter is inserted into the abdominal cavity and fluid is drained and analyzed.