Tender Abdomen

Or abdominal tenderness, the abdomen is too sensitive to touch or to rub the belly. A tender abdomen can occur in both cats and dogs and can be indicative of a variety of health issues. However, some of the most common issues that can cause a tender abdomen in pets include peritonitis, hernias, cancer, stomach ulcers, intestinal parasites and bloat. Other things that can cause a tender abdomen in dogs and cats are trauma, stomach viruses, intestinal infections, abscesses and obstructions.

Tender Abdomen

How to Recognize

If your pet appears to be in pain when you touch or pet their belly, their abdomen is probably tender. You may also notice that their abdomen appears swollen. Other related symptoms include whimpering, vomiting, decreased appetite, and difficulty breathing.


The cause of a tender abdomen may be trauma, a stomach virus, an intestinal infection or parasite, cancer, hernias, ulcers, peritonitis, abscesses, or bloat.


You veterinarian will request your pet\\\'s background and history and will perform a physical exam, blood tests, and urine tests.


Hydration is usually an important part of treating a tender abdomen. Treatment also often includes medication or surgery.

Tender Abdomen Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

Similar Symptoms

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