Liver Inflammation in Dogs
If your dog has suppurative CCHS, antibiotics will be given. For nonsuppurative CCHS, immune-modulating drugs and antibiotics may be given. If your dog has lymphoma (cancer of the lymphocyte white blood cells), chemotherapy may also be considered. Antioxidants may be prescribed along with other drugs to protect the liver. Vitamin B and E supplements are recommended, as well as vitamin K, which may be used if blood clotting times are not normal.
In some cases, surgery may be indicated, such as when an obstruction in the bile ducts is preventing bile from flowing normally. For milder cases, your dog may be treated on an outpatient basis, but if dehydration or malnutrition is found to be affecting your dog, or if your dog is unable to eat or drink, it will need to be placed on a feeding tube and intravenous line until its condition stabilizes.
Treatment will take about three to four months, with liver enzymes checked every two weeks. If the treatment does not appear to be working after four weeks, your veterinarian will need to repeat a bile culture and take a biopsy of liver tissue and fluid for analysis.
Living and Management
You will need to return for regular check-ups with your veterinarian, especially if signs suddenly occur again or if signs worsen.
For nonsuppurative CCHS, lifelong immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective therapy is often recommended. You should restrict your dog's activity during the recovery period, and your veterinarian will help you to create an easily digestible, high protein meal plan for the dog. Your veterinarian may also suggest that you supplement your dog's diet with water-soluble vitamins.
Moreover, if your dog has inflammatory bowel disease or swelling of the pancreas as well, it may need to be fed a more specialized diet.
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all
A term for a type of neoplasm that is made up of lymphoid tissue; these masses are usually malignant in nature
A type of leukocyte in the body
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
A heightened number of lymphocytic leukocytes in the blood of an animal
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
A gland found in the neck of humans and animals that secretes glands responsible for metabolic rate, calcitonin, and others.
Something in which pus is discharged or formed
An enlargement of the liver to an abnormal size
A medical condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed
Referring to the liver
The fluid created by the liver that helps food in the stomach to be digested.
The collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
Term used to describe certain feeds; refers to c or anything else that contains compounds that prevent the process of oxidization.
A certain pigment that is produced when hemoglobin is destroyed.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A substance that causes chemical change to another
A passage in the body with walls
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
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