Liver Disease in Dogs
There are many possible causes of liver disease in dogs. Liver disease, also known as hepatitis, is a broad term describing a number of liver conditions. Since the liver has such important functions in the body, the development of liver disease in dogs may result in serious health consequences. The liver is responsible for building and breaking down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, as well as storing vitamins, minerals, glycogen, and triglycerides. It also plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and produces factors important for the normal clotting of blood. Since the liver is an essential part of the immune system, liver disease in dogs may often lead to a serious immune deficiency syndrome. The liver also plays an important role in digesting nutrients and detoxifying chemicals and drugs taken into the body. When the liver is not functioning properly, toxins will build up, digestion will be affected, and there may be a shortage of essential nutrients, including glucose, vitamins, and minerals.