Ask the Vet About Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 6, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Liver enzymes slightly elevated in female 8 yr-old cat
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Question:is there a particular food or treat for liver support?

Answer:Yes - Science Diet makes one - here is a link to read about it: https://www.hillspet.co.uk/cat-food/pd-feline-prescription-diet-ld-dry

Date: Mar 18, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: High liver values
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Question:What causes extremely high liver values

Answer:Here is a link to our article about liver disease and there is a section that lists the causes - there are many: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/liver-disease

Date: Mar 10, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food
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Question:I have a miniature dachshund that has been diagnosed with stunted liver. We have her on a special diet prescription hills science LD she has been doing very well but she has days that she’s not eat and is very listless I don’t know that it’s because she is tired of the food or just a bad day so my question is is there something that won’t hurt her liver that I could feed her I know I cannot give her chicken or any meat because it almost killed her when I didI was wondering if oatmeal would be harmful to her liver in small amounts just to give her some strength

Answer:It depends on the severeity of her case so consult your veterinarian, who has access to all of her blood work, etc., for the best advice. It is probably ideal to stick with the L/D. Try canned if haven't already. Then try warming the canned a little to see if that helps.

Date: Feb 20, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Nails grow way too fast
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Question:Is there a medication that I can get for my older 30 lb dog I am taped out on vet visits right now.

Answer:I can't tell what you are asking: For his/her nails? or liver? For nails, No - walking on pavement daily may help. For liver disease For liver issues, try Denamarin. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denamarin+Tablets+-prod11008.html

Date: Feb 5, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Senior Dog with Liver Failure
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Question:What medications would you prescribe for my 17 yro Shitz-Shu who was diagnosed with numbers around 4000 from liver test. Vet said this is liver failure and needed more attention at hospital. I decided to bring him home and looking for holistic recommendations to help him...Thistle Milk looks like a possibility. Thank you.

Answer:Yes, milk thistle and SAM-e are usually 2 things we start them on - both are found in this product called Denamarin which is a chewable formulated for them: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denamarin+Tablets+-prod11008.html

Date: Feb 2, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: food type
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Question:We are doing bloodwork but vet suspects liver issues. Recommended Hills L/D which is no longer available. What other food replaces it? I called Hills and they had no replacement.

Answer:I was unaware that Hill's L/D wasn't available, but there are 2 other precription liver diets: Royal Canin makes a liver diet: https://www.royalcanin.com/au/dogs/products/vet-products/hepatic-dry So does Purina: https://www.purina.co.uk/proplan/dog-food/veterinary-diets-hepatic

Date: Jan 18, 2021
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Liver treatment
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Question:13 year old cat very friendly has been diagnosed with liver disease. Has quit eating. Might eat a piece of food at most. Has lost over 1/2 of body weight. Has become congested and eyes seem to run. Sleeps a lot but still purrs. Vet gave an appetite stimulate and some type of steroid drop for eyes. You can see the yellowing of the eyes. Cat does not seem to be in pain. Is there any supplement or food the you would recommend. Thanks

Answer:Having your veterinarian place a feeding tube is usually ideal for these cats - you can rarely get enough calories into them otherwise but I would really need to see her bloodwork, x-rays and ultrasound to be able to tell exactly what is going on with her liver to be able to make any other recommendations so consult your veterinarian for the best advice and ask them about a feeding tube.

Date: Nov 27, 2020
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Confusing symptoms
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Question:We have a 12 year old shepherd husky mix, female. She has tested with elevated liver enzymes and had four seizures within 5 months. She doesn’t seem to have all fathers symptoms of liver disease. She has a very healthy appetite, she still goes outside to go to the bathroom and her bowel movements are healthy. She has no jaundice and her belly swelling is questionable because she is such a good eater and has always had a ponch belly. She is lethargic and seems to have intermittent vision issues. She also seems to have hepatic encephalopathy. She paces around the house and in the yard.. She is no longer social. Can this really be from the liver? Or could something else be going on? She also has some sludge in her gall bladder. We are feeding her Hills l/d and supplementing with Denmarin. She is also on Keppra. I just want to be certain we are treating the correct thing. Our vet is of the opinion it is just liver. Are there any other diseases that could cause her symptoms? Thank you so much.

Answer:You can attribute all of those clinical signs to liver disease. I would really need to see her blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, etc. to really give you any more useful advice.

Date: Aug 9, 2020
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Low ALP Level
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Question:Hello, My 13 year old cat suddenly starting eating less and less each day until 3 days has passed with only water and starting to vomit yellow foam. I took him to the vet and did blood test that resulted in some low results in the following: ALP 5 - CA 4.0 - Phos 3.3 He then gave my cat 1 antibiotic injection and 1 anti vomiting injection and 1 injection of vitamins for the liver on August 3rd. Until August 6th my cat hasn’t eaten anything and threw up yellow foam 5 times over the range of 5 hours, so I took him again to another vet on duty in the same clinic and he informed me that his liver is weak and affecting the kidneys who he noticed they are very small when he examined them with his hands. He gave him 1 injection for anti vomiting and told me to give him 1 pill of cystone medicine for 30 days and prescribed me drops to add to the water for his liver and ensure i force give him water through a 20Ml needle 3 times a day For 7 days which I have been doing. I just got the cystone pills delivered and my cat is feeling great now but has not yet produced stool. I feel hesitant giving him cystone because I am reading it is for kidney stones. The vet said it well flush and cleanse his kidneys to make them stronger due to his age. Should I give him 1 cystone pill for 30 days as directed?

Answer:I don't know of a cystone product that has been approved for usage in cats, so I can't really advise you one way or another. Consult the veterinarian that prescribed the medication and/or call the manufacturer of the medication.

Date: Jul 29, 2020
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication
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Question:Dr. Dym, The product Denosyl is what I was going to order for Lexi. Marilyn

Answer:Here is a direct link to Denosyl: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denosyl-prod10434.html. Ask your veterinarian if Denamarin might be right for your dog - it is considered the upgrade of Denosyl because it contains milk thistle as well as SAM-e: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denamarin+Tablets+-prod11008.html

Date: Jul 29, 2020
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication
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Question:Dr. Dym, My dog Lexi (24 lbs) is a mix of chihuahua and terrier and has had 3 blood draws showing 331-349 ALK liver numbers . She has had 2 months of Denumarin with no change. Can I give her Milk Thistle capsules or the DY ??? that I found in your lists. They want to do another blood draw for liver function or ultrasound and I am spending money I don't have with no results. Thank you, Marilyn PS-I am concerned but she isn't acting ill at all. No issues.

Answer:Denamarin already contains milk thistle (that's what the Silybin is) so you don't need to add more (as long as she's taking her appropriate dosage). I don't know what you mean by DY ???. If she isn't making progress on the Denamarin, she will need the ultrasound next.

Date: Jun 21, 2020
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Very quiet -on meds for liver infection
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Question:As stated above- he seems weak and drowsy - he did eat an hour ago Is he having adverse reaction to meds? On Thurs He had convenia injection as well as cerenia and fluids at vet office Today he had one baytril tablet per vet advice. He has been treated with these same meds on previous flareups of liver elevated levels

Answer:"Weak and drowsy" is not really a noticable or common side effect of cerenia, convenia, fluids or baytril so I worry that it is something else so having your veterinarian recheck him is ideal.

Date: Oct 26, 2015
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Dog's Symptoms
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Question:My Two Year Old Female Dog Has Vomitting,Lethargy And A Fever. What Could Be Wrong?

Answer:Many Possibilities From Acute Viral Upset, Paraasite, Dietary Indiscretion, Metabolic Disease Of Liver Or Pancreas. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet For Full Workup And Evaluation For Proper Diagnosis.

Date: Jan 26, 2014
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Steroid Side Effects
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Question:My Cat Started Steroids For Pleural Infusion On Thursday Late Afternoon Around 5pm. I Gave Him Pills Fri, Sat, Today Around 10am. He Was Eating Fine Until Saturday And Then Had No Interest In Food Or Cat Treats (very Abnormal For Him.) Today We Got Him To Eat A Few Bites Around 1pm Of Crabmeat (his Favorite Treat) And Then Again At Around 5pm. At The 5pm Feeding He Ate More And Way More Enthusiastically. He Is Drinking A Lot. My Main Question Is Will The Steroids Cause Him To Feel "weird" And Not Want To Eat? I Know They Are Supposed To Make Him Ravenous But By Doing Some Online Research I See They Can Have The Opposite Effect Also? He Is Acting About 95% Normal Other Than This. His Breathing Is A Bit Heavy But He's Breathing Through His Nose And Not Making Any Strange Noises, Etc. While He's Breathing. He's Resting Peacefully And Still Interacting With Us - Not As Much As Normal But He's Had A Rough Week. I Just Want To Know If He's Trying To Tell Me It's Time By Not Being As Hungry Or If He's Just A Bit Off From The New Medicine. Thank You

Answer:Steroids Likely Not Involved With Loss Of Appetite, But Whatever Primary Disease Cause Of Pleural Effusion Buildup In Chest I.e Heart Disease, Cancer, Liver Disease, Etc Need To Be Ruled Out.

Date: Aug 27, 2013
Category: Liver Disease
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Vulvular Degenetive Disease
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Question:Hi, I Am Sorry I Dont Think I Spelled The Topic Correctly, My 17 Year Old Cocker Poo Has Always Had A Heart Murmur, My Vet Said It Has Now Spread To The Right Side Of Her Heart Which He Claims Is The Reason For Her Not Being Able To Walk As Well And Or Collapses, However I Dont Understand Why, Why Would The Heart Do That To Her Legs? She Has Been On Prednisone, Enalapril, Thyroid Med,Thyeolmpian, And Liver Medicine Also For Her Other Illness As Well, But She Still Always Wants To Eat , No Matter What

Answer:I Would Ask Vet Abou Perdnisone Alternative, As Steroids Can Make Heart Disease Difficult To Control And Manage. I Would Ask Your Vet About New Prescription Drug Called Vetmedin, Which Has Done Wonders For Dogs With Heart Disease.

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