Blood work revealed moderately elevated liver enzymes. We immediately recommended further diagnostics to evaluate her liver. Bile Acids were performed which were elevated indicating that her liver was not functioning properly. An abdominal ultrasound was performed which showed an enlarged liver and a nodule. A needle was placed in the nodule via ultrasound guidance, aspirated, and submitted for Histopathology . The report concluded an active inflammatory hepatitis.
Sugar was placed on liver supplements, steroids to bring down inflammation, and her diet was changed. She will be coming back in 2 weeks for follow up blood work to reassess her liver enzymes.
Sugar is doing great at home. We have caught her liver disease early and are hoping to will respond well to medications and her new diet. Needless to say, we have elected to not place her under anesthesia and delay her dental cleaning until she has stabilized.
|My dog Nemo|
Animals cannot tell us subtle changes with their bodies that they may be feeling. A person can say, my head hurts, or I feel weak, or I am not feeling 100% myself. Dogs and cats cannot tell us these subtle clinical signs that they may be feeling. Often times, it is not until they are very sick where we are actually seeing a change in their behavior or obvious clinical signs. Many times their disease is so advanced at that point that there is very little we can do.
Our pets rely on us to keep them healthy and happy. They cannot tell us when they are not feeling just right, or something is off. Routine and pre anesthetic blood work is a great way to ensure our pets are healthy and are not at risk for anesthesia. Our pets deserve the best!
Lets give back to them the health and happiness they deserve for a lifetime of love and devotion they give to us.