VCA Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital


Abdominocentesis is the process of removing fluid from the abdomen by means of a needle or catheter. When fluid builds up in the abdomen it is called ascites. This build up of fluid can be caused by a number of different diseases including heart failure, liver damage, ruptured bladder, and cancer to name a few. At Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital, we use an ultrasound to help guide us and find the fluid. Abdominocentesis can be used solely as a diagnostic test or as a treatment. Collecting a sample for analysis can help determine what process is causing the fluid to develop in your pet. Abdominal fluid can be uncomfortable for your pet, and sometimes it is recommended to drain off as much as possible. Your veterinarian will make a recommendation of which type of abdominocentesis is appropriate for your pet. A few things to watch for are lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal distension, signs of discomfort when lying down or when touching the stomach as these can be signs of illness and abdominal fluid build up.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call your referring veterinarian or us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the 24-hour hospitals in the Portland Metro Area:

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists located in Clackamas, OR at 16756 SE 82nd Drive, 503-656-3999. This 24-hour emergency and specialty referral hospital has boarded specialists in emergency and critical care, surgery, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, and ophthalmology.

VCA SE Portland Animal Hospital located in SE Portland on 139th and SE Stark, 503-255-8139. This is a 24-hour full service hospital for urgent and emergency care with two boarded surgeons.

Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in NW Portland is located at 1945 NW Pettygrove Street, 503-228-7281. This is a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility with boarded specialists in emergency and critical care and surgery.