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Hyperlipidemia in Dogs


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Overview


Condition in which the lipids in the bloodstream are elevated. Lipids are fats and include triglycerides, phospholipids, cholesterol esters and cholesterol. Hyperlipidemia in dogs can result in death from obesity, neurological problems and pancreatitis.


Symptoms


Dogs with hyperlipidemia may have no symptoms, or may suffer seizures, vomiting and even symptoms of pancreatitis, such as pain and discomfort in their abdomen.


Treatment


Treatment of hyperlipidemia consists of a low-fat diet, medication and a fatty acid supplement. Medication would depend on the dog, the situation and the severity of the case. Usually a veterinarian should try all other options before resorting to medication, as the side effects include vomiting, liver toxicity and diarrhea.


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