Surgery to remove the liver cancer is the treatment of choice. Up to 75 percent of the liver can be removed if the remaining liver tissue is normal. Chemotherapy is generally not indicated, as it has not been found to be a successful treatment in dogs. Even with successful surgery and little to no metastasis throughout the body, prognosis remains poor.
Living and Management
You will need to return to you veterinarian for follow-up exams every two months after the initial care. Your doctor will measure liver enzyme activity in the blood stream, and check the status of your dog's liver and organs using thoracic radiographs and abdominal ultrasound.
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
The membrane that covers the wall of the abdomen and pelvic area
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Pertaining to the chest
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The fluid created by the liver that helps food in the stomach to be digested.
The muscle in the abdomen that aids in breathing
A passage in the body with walls
Referring to the liver
A substance that causes chemical change to another
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.