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Ascites and cachexia in a dog with congestive heart failure

Ascites is a collective symptomatic term for any disease which causes fluid accumulation in the abdomen.

Dogs with ascites usually present with a pendulous abdomen and ballotment leads to fluid wave on auscultaiton.

Although there are a large number of underlying causes, ascites is commonly seen in:

  • Heart diseases
- Heartworm disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Endocarditis