Your dog will probably be hospitalized for monitoring, and for fluid therapy, since dehydration and fluid retention are causes for concern. Your dog's system will need to be detoxed to prevent critical damage to the brain and system.
Surgery may be necessary, but it is dependent on the underlying cause of the disease. If your dog has abdominal fluid build-up, your veterinarian will also prescribe diuretic drugs to treat this.
Living and Management
After your dog has been discharged from care, you will need to restrict its activity until the abdominal swelling has resolved. Dietary changes may be in order, but you will need to consult with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog's meals. For example, if your dog has abdominal distention, it may be treated with a low salt diet to moderate the fluid retention, but if your doctor wants to increase urination so that the system will clear, dietary indications will be different, with more fluid intake prescribed.
If your dog is diagnosed with hepatic encephalopathy, your veterinarian will likely recommend a low protein diet, until the liver is at full functioning ability, but again, do not make these changes unless they are recommended by your doctor, since diet changes can have unexpected adverse effects. Your veterinarian will plan follow-up care based on the underlying disease.
A condition in which the skin becomes yellow in color as do the mucous membranes; this is due to excess amounts of bilirubin.
Less important, below, toward the bottom or back
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
High blood pressure
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
Something that appears white or light grey on a radiograph
Referring to the liver
A passage in the body with walls
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
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 absence of a body opening that would normally be there; the absence of a certain organ that is tubular in structure.
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The whole system involved in digestion from mouth to anus
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
Anything that causes excessive urination
The process of making something larger by dilating or stretching it
A disease of the brain of any type