Liver Disease in Dogs
Unfortunately, liver diseases is the 5th leading cause of death in dogs.
Also referred to as hepatic disease, liver diseases range widely in severity. Some liver diseases and complications include abscess of the liver, benign tumors, cancer, toxins, parasites, hepatic encephalopathy, acute hepatic failure, hepatic lipidosis, hepatitis chronic active, copper storage disease, leptospirosis hepatitis and infectious hepatitis.
A licensed veterinarian or veterinary specialist can perform tests on your dog and determine what type of liver disease your dog is suffering from.
Signs of Liver Disease
The signs and symptoms of liver disease in dogs varies but we put together a list so you can be aware and act accordingly if you feel your dog might have an illness. In all cases, when in doubt, visit your vet or local vet hospital immediately.
- Loss of appetite
- Jaundice (a yellow tinge noticeable in the skin)
- Fluid collection in the abdomen
- Excessive urination
- Excessive thirst
- Weight loss
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Depending on the underlying cause of the disease treatment can range from a simple diet change to surgery and ongoing medication.
Cost to Treat: $2,000 to $5,000
Pet insurance helps pay for treatment for liver disease if your dog needs veterinary care. However, make sure you purchase a plan before your dog suffers from an illness because pet insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions.