ABSTRACT: Haemoabdomen (also known as haemoperitoneum) is defined as free haemorrhagic fluid in the abdominal cavity. There are a number of possible causes for this condition, which can be life-threatening in nature. This article will focus on the haemoabdomen in dogs and will review the pathophysiology, the presenting clinical signs, diagnosis and initial stabilisation of patients.


Kiara Mills BVSC MRCVS

Kiara graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and works as a rotating intern at Vets Now Referrals (Glasgow Hospital). She has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

Elizabeth M. Welsh BVMS PhD CertVA CertSAS MRCVS

Liz graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1989. She works for Vets Now Referrals (Glasgow Hospital) as a referral clinician in soft tissue surgery.

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 31 (09) • September 2016 pp280-285

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