Liver Disease in Dogs
The liver is an important organ for your dog. It helps with digestion and blood clotting, and it removes toxins from his system. If it's not working right, it can make your companion sick. But liver disease can often be treated and managed.
It's easy to miss the symptoms of liver disease. They're similar to those for other problems.
Your dog's symptoms may include:
If your dog's liver disease isn't caught early, it can lead to a serious brain condition called hepatic encephalopathy.
What Causes Liver Problems
Sometimes liver disease can happen as a result of aging. Sometimes it's genetic. But it can also be brought on by infection or trauma to the area. Some diseases and medications can hurt your dog's liver.
Other causes of liver disease may include:
If your dog has some symptoms of liver problems, your vet may ask you about his diet and medications. The vet may want to do blood tests and X-rays or an ultrasound to get a picture of what is going on with your dog's liver. He may also want to take a biopsy -- remove a small tissue sample for testing.