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DateJun 16, 2022
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicShould a tumor removal surgery be performed if the dog has high liver enzymes of 1000
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Should a dog that is having tumor removal surgery, who has blood work immediately prior to surgery and comes back as liver enzymes of 1000, still have the surgery?

Answer:

I would need to see all of his bloodwork to really advise you : like which liver enzyme, any other changes, are all of his liver enzymes elevated or just one, etc. so consult your veterinarian for the best advice.

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DateMay 20, 2022
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicHeartworm Medication
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My vet has prescribed heartworm meds for my dog who is 11 years old with liver disease. Will this make his liver worse?

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Probably not, but if the liver disease is severe enough, choosing a heartworm preventative that is not metabolized by the liver is a good idea. Getting heartworms would be far worse on his liver, so he'll more than likely need to be on something.

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DateFeb 28, 2022
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeCat
TopicNeurological ticks
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Will these ticks from toxicity and seizure resolve? She's (Petal) now on k/d diet and antibiotics and we have an appointment with internal medicine for ultrasound and possibly to schedule CT scan if needed. I'm just super scared for her

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I would really need to see her bloodwork, get a full history, do a physical exam and look at her other tests to really be able to tell what is going on. I'm glad you are seeing a specialist - they will have all of that information and hopefully be able to help.

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DateFeb 14, 2022
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicHill's L/D
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Our dog vomits the Hill's L/D

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That is unusual and makes me wonder if the underlying liver disease is worsening so contact your veterinarian for recheck bloodwork. Consider products like Denamarin if s/he's not already on it and has liver disease - here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denamarin+Tablets+-prod11008.html

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DateNov 27, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicDRY FOOD
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My puppy is a small breed 10wks old he has a liver shunt what dry food can i buy for him

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It really depends on many factors (blood work, weight of the puppy compared to his frame, etc.) so consulting your veterinarian, who has access to all of that information, is ideal. Science Diet L/D is a food we often choose for our patients with liver problems, but it is primarily for adults. You can always call and speak directly to Science Diet's Veterinary nutritionist for advice as well (or any of the big name food companies - most employ board certified veterinary nutritionists like Purina, Royal Canin, Blue Buffalo, etc.)

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DateOct 26, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicSUBSTITUTE FOR DENAMARIN
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MY DOG HAS BEEN ON DENAMARIN FOR A WHILE NOW AND IT IS GETTING IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IS THERE AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE

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I can't legally recommend human products through the internet, and some contain ingredients that can be potentially toxic but the active ingreients in denamarin can be found in human alternatives so work with your veterinarian to find something safe in your area.

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DateSep 13, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicWhat medication
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I have used Denamarin but not available Any other suggestions ?

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Denamarin is a combination of an anti oxidant called (1) SAMe, which can be found online and in stores, and (2) marin, the active ingredient in milk thistle, which can as well.

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DateAug 22, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicITN higher alt
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8 year old pug health developed IRM ( sards) last thursday 10 days ago ( tests confirmed) blood work down all normal but alt high at 200 appetite well drinking well no issues with anything just about 90 percent blood vet prescribed 5 mg Prednisone 20 mg Leflunomide eyes sight about 80 percent blind but adjusting well any advice thoughts actions i should look at thank you Gary

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We, regular veterinarians in private practice, don't see SARDs very often at all so working with your local veterinary ophthalmologist might be the best option, especially with that elevated ALT.

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DateAug 14, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicDog elevated ALP and seizures
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Can I give my dog Denosyl and Cholodin at the same time?My male cairn terrier is 13 years old and has elevated ALP and seizures. He takes Keppra and prednisone.

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That's probably fine BUT definitely check with your veterinarian (who has access to all of his bloodwork, etc.) before doing that.

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicHigh Liver Enzymes & Enlarged Liver
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My adult husky has been on Denamarin for the past 3 years and her liver enzymes continue to increase. She now has an enlarged liver. What should I do? Are there any ways to find vets who specialize in liver treatment?

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Oh yes, definitely - ask for a referral from your veterinarian (that has all of her records) to an internal medicine specialist near you. More tests to determine why the liver enzymes are rising are definitely indicated if they are continuing to rise.

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DateJun 12, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicDenamarin
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Hello,... As usual, checked here first, then all the other pet supply sites..Denamarin seems to be out of stock everywhere...is there an alternate brand with the same ingredients? This product has saved our Labradoodle! Her blood tests for her liver have dramatically improved, so we don't want to run out! thank you!

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Denamarin has 2 active ingredients, so you may have to purchase them separately: S-Adenosylmethionine (or Sam-E) and Silybin A+B (milk thistle). This product contains Sam-E: (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Denosyl-prod10434.html)

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DateMay 24, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicLiver Shunt in Yorkie
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Hello, I have a 6 year old female yorkie with liver shunt. She has never handled vaccines well. They seem to make her very lethargic. We have controlled her symptoms with dietary restrictions (no protein). To my question, what can i use on her for tick and flea control that won't exacerbate her symptoms. We don't have fleas but the ticks are awful this year. We have treated the yard.

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Nexgard and Bravecto seem to be working the best this year, so call and speak directly with those manufacturer's veterinarian about exact safety with a liver shunt.

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DateApr 6, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicLiver enzymes slightly elevated in female 8 yr-old cat
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is there a particular food or treat for liver support?

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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

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DateMar 18, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicHigh liver values
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What causes extremely high liver values

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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

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DateMar 10, 2021
CategoryLiver Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicFood
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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

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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.

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