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Liver Fistula in Cats



While some cats will require surgical care, most can be treated at home with proper nursing care. Modifications to the diet will often include dietary restrictions on nitrogen and sodium. Hydration and electrolyte disturbances will also be addressed and treated. Drugs that rely on liver biotransformation should be avoided, along with any drugs that will react with GABA-benzodiazepine receptors (the transmitters that inhibit anxiety and over excitement). Veterinarians commonly prescribe histamines for blood pressure reduction, and diuretics (furosemides) to relieve excess fluid.


Living and Management


It will be important for your veterinarian to monitor your cat's biochemistry every few weeks, and then every few months following the initial treatment routines. Prognosis is fair when AV is properly treated, although your cat will require ongoing monitoring and treatment to address any related health issues that may arise.




As the health issue is mostly congenital in nature, there are no preventative measures to consider.