Acute Painful Abdomen in Dogs
An acute painful abdomen is an
emergency that may lead to death of the dog
unless treatment is started at once. The signs of an acute abdomen are the
sudden onset of pain, along with whining and crying, retching and vomiting, extreme restlessness
and inability to find a comfortable position, grunting, and labored breathing.
The abdomen is extremely painful when pressed.
Characteristically, the dog may assume a prayer position with his chest to
the floor and his rump in the air. As the condition worsens, the dog’s pulse
becomes weak and thready, the mucous membranes become pale, and the dog goes
If you see any of these signs, call your veterinarian at once! Early
surgical intervention is life-saving.
One of the following conditions may be the cause of acute abdomen: