Treatment Options for Pets with Liver Disease
Treatment of liver disease in pets varies depending on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. IV fluids, antibiotics, ursodeoxycholic acid, and possibly steroids may be used. Medication to decrease nausea and vomiting is needed, as well as vitamin and mineral supplements. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be necessary. In cats with fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis), force feeding is often necessary, and sometimes even surgically placing a feeding tube. For pets with a portosystemic shunt, surgery is often required. Additional drugs such as Penacillamine, zinc, or Colchicine may be given for chronic hepatitis.