Recognize The Signs Of Liver Problems
It’s important to pay attention to your pet so you can notice if something abnormal is happening. There are many things that can cause liver problems, such as aging, infections or cancer. Many toxins can affect the liver as well. Because these causes vary so much and the warning signs are somewhat general, being aware of your pet’s behavior helps you to know if something could potentially be wrong.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased activity
- Distended abdomen
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
- Increased urination
- Yellow discoloration of eyes and/or gums
- Blood in the urine or feces
Regardless of the cause, most liver problems are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress on the liver cells.
Blood in the urine or feces
Canine breeds at higher risk include Yorkshire, Cairn and Scottish Terriers, Schnauzers, Maltese, Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and German Shepherds. No specific cat breed is at higher risk, although obese cats are more prone to liver disease.