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Another Hav with liver problems!
I know there have been many threads started for liver problems. I am now adding to the bunch, as my little Stogie is now joining the group of those with liver problems.
Stogie has been a typical, healthy, happy and spoiled Hav his whole life. However, he seemed to have increased anxiety starting in about May — separation anxiety in particular, and he was being very finicky about eating his dinner. Then, about three weeks ago he started wandering around in the night when he normally slept through no problem.
He was due for his annual and a couple vaccines, so I took him to the vet and discussed the behavioural changes as well. She suggested a full blood panel to check that his anxiety was not communicative of a larger health problem.
When the results came back, his thyroid was low (8.6 - low end of normal is 13), which is apparently unusual for small breeds. His liver enzymes were slightly high (62, high end of normal is 60). The vet suggested running a secondary thyroid test off the same blood sample to check if it was thyroid disease. His TSH was normal, so she was able to determine the low thyroid is something called sick euthyroid syndrome. Apparently sick euthyroid presents when there is another health issue that is suppressing the thyroid. Because his liver enzymes were slightly high, the vet felt the next obvious test to run was a bile acid test. We got results back earlier this week. Apparently the normal range is 0 - 7 and Stogie's test came back at 99.
Because of this, we are now headed to an animal hospital tomorrow for an ultrasound. We are beside ourselves with worry. When I first got the test results I was a crying mess, because Stogie is my whole life. I spend almost every minute with him... Even more time than I do with my husband!!
I read a post that we should have him tested for Addisons, which was helpful as I had never heard of this. I am considering changing his diet to lower protein and fat, and looking for suggestions. And just generally looking for advice and lots of good vibes for Stogie as we ride this scary roller coaster!
I will keep you posted on the ultrasound results, and hoping some of you may have suggestions on where we go from there!