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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Liver Disease

Does anyone have any experience with any Liver illness. I have just had a bomb dropped on me out of the blue. I had my Maggie scheduled for a teeth cleaning 3 weeks ago and they did the pre-op blood work and it showed her ALT to be slightly elevated. They sent her home to be checked again this past Monday. The levels tripled in that short of time and they did more testing and found that her liver is not function properly and that she needed an ultrasound. They have put her on a medication in the meantime until her appt. with the specialist. They can't give me a prognosis until the testing is done to see how much damage there is and how it can be treated. I am sure since the #'s have tripled in that short of time that the results are not going not be good. I have been reading all the info I can find on liver conditions in dogs and the more I read the sadder I become. Does anyone out there have any pets with a liver codition. Lola is my Havanese and Maggie is the Bolonka. Unfortunately the breed is so rare that I can't locate too much health information on her. I am in the process of contacting the breeder for some additonal info. So if anyone has any info they are willing to share, I would be grateful.
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 09:08 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about the liver problems that Maggie is having.
Has your vet offered any opinion on what liver problem it might be, or do you have to wait for the specialist to find out?

Does Maggie exibit any visual symptoms of her liver problem? Is she acting different, has her eating changed, how's her energy level?

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Poor Lola - I dont know anything about the Liver diseases but we are sending you guys lots ov love!!!

Lily, Lexi ,Logan, Laila & Lizzie's Mom
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(Gigi, Lucas, Dugan, Madeline,Reo,Alvin, Lucky, Lukey, Punch, Colby & Ben-(we will always Love you!!)
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Julia,
The doctor is waiting for the ultrasound to make a specific diagnosis, but she did say that the x-ray they did in the office did show a slightly smaller liver than she would expect for a dog of her size. With that in mind she suspects that it could be a congenital problem but only the ultrasound with the specialist will confirm that. As far as a change in her habits, the only thing that I am noticing is that she is more tired than usual but she is still eating well.
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I'm so sorry to hear about little Maggie and her liver. It sounds like the vet is going through all the right tests though and sounds like she is in good hands. How old is Maggie? We're thinking of her and they find out soon how to help her.

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I'm sorry to read about Maggie's initial report. I hope you get some good information. I know that at least one person here has gone through liver disease with her Havanese on this board. Maybe she will be able to offer you some encouraging words.

Have you found a specialist in your area?
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I doubt you would be giving this to her, but I just found it interesting that if you supplement with Tylosin/Tylan/Angel Eyes that any of the liver tests can have false high readings.
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You should Private message Maddies Mom...I believe her first hav had liver problems!!

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I'm so sorry to hear about Maggie. Try not to get too upset until you have the full diagnosis. Elevated ALT can be from bacterial infections, toxins, certain medications, etc. I'm sure your vet will rule these out if he hasn't already.

I did lose my first Havanese from liver disease at age 8. We went through the ultrasound, biopsy, specialist, medications, and I learned alot. Please PM me and I'll give you all the info I have. There are several non-prescription meds that can be given to support the liver and are not harmful to the dog. Plus, there are some great support groups that are full of information. I'll be more than happy to share whatever resources I have.

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Hope all goes well.Best wishes! Get Well Soon!
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