Inpatient evaluation and treatment are needed for dogs with signs of liver failure. Treatment will be determined by the type of disease and whether it is acute or chronic in nature.
Making modifications to the dog's diet and providing it with foods low in copper have proven to be effective in most cases. Most commercially available diets contain high amounts of copper, so follow your veterinarian's instructions as to feeding a diet specifically tailored for your dog. You should also avoid giving your dog mineral supplements containing copper. Your veterinarian may also provide you with medications (e.g., penicillamine) and/or nutritional supplements (e.g., zinc) that help eliminate copper from the body.
Living and Management
Blood tests will be done every four to six months to monitor the dog's liver enzyme levels and zinc levels, if the patient is on a zinc supplement. The veterinarian may also ask you to monitor your dog's body weight. Rarely, a liver biopsy will need to be repeated to monitor the effect of treatment.
If you are considering purchasing a Bedlington terrier, you should ask if the dog’s parents have been tested for the gene that causes this type liver disease. There is also a liver registry available that provides information as to a breeding Bedlington’s genetic status. Purchasing Bedlington puppy from a breeder whose dogs are all free from the problematic genes and markers will diminish the probability of receiving an individual who will develop copper storage hepatopathy.
The term for black feces that has blood in it
A condition in which the skin becomes yellow in color as do the mucous membranes; this is due to excess amounts of bilirubin.
Another term for jaundice
Transmitting genes from parent to child
A condition of dead tissue
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A medical condition involving excessive thirst
A condition in which the liver becomes inflamed
Eliminating or the material that has actually been eliminated
A certain pigment that is produced when hemoglobin is destroyed.
The fluid created by the liver that helps food in the stomach to be digested.
The collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The process of making something larger by dilating or stretching it
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
A substance that causes chemical change to another
A disease of the brain of any type
Referring to the liver