Q. I've been told my dog (11) may have liver disease and she's had a seizure. What's this mean for her future.
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. Well to be honest it really depends on the type of liver disease she has. If the liver disease and seizure are related then this sounds like a disease called Hepatic Encephalopathy, which is where the liver has a defect (i.e. cirrhosis, fibrosis or live shunt) that is not enabling the liver to filter the blood properly. Sometimes this can be managed with medications and/or surgery if there is a liver shunt. Discuss with your vet what medications are indicated for your particular pets liver disease, but a product called SAMe (Denamarin) is recommended for any liver insult.
The prognosis for liver disease really varies and depends on which of the underlying diseases I listed above is present in your pet.