|Did you know liver disease is among the top five causes of non-accidental death in dogs?
Similar to humans, your pet’s liver is directly associated to several bodily functions. When the liver isn’t functioning as it should, your dog may experience a variety of physical effects.
Symptoms displayed in the early stages of liver disease include: loss of appetite, weight loss, chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea, as well as frequent drinking and/or urination. Dogs plagued with liver disease may also show signs of jaundice, hepatic encephalopathy (brain dysfunction), ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen), and bleeding of the stomach, intestines or urinary tract.
Detection and Treatment of Liver Disease in Pets
Once identified by your pet’s veterinarian, liver disease can be treated or medicinally controlled through the use of medications and supplements.
In some cases, dogs may be predisposed to liver disease, carrying it as a genetic defect. For those canines that don’t have a pre-existing liver disease, there are several preventative steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
Prevention of Liver Disease in Pets
Early diagnosis is often the key to successful treatment of liver disease. Be aware of the signs and symptoms to increase the chances of early intervention. If you notice any of the aforementioned signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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