Treatment Cost: $1,100 to $1,550
What is Acute (Hepatic) Liver Failure in Dogs?
Also called acute hepatic failure, acute liver failure results in the rapid shutdown of the liver caused by dying liver cells. Causes can include toxins, infectious disease, medication interactions and lack of oxygen.
Dogs suffering from the condition often experience illness and vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, seizures, hemorrhage, and acute depression.
Canine Acute Liver Failure Treatments
Acute liver failure treatments can cost thousands of dollars, with options that include
- IV fluids or plasma
- antibiotics and vitamins
- intestinal sedatives.
Signs That Your Dog May Have Liver Disease
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual weight loss
- More thirsty than usual
- Cognitive impairments e.g. confusion, disorientation
- Jaundiced, yellowish appearance in gums, eyes, and tongue
- Urinating more frequently
- Irregular bowel movements or diarrhea
- Physical weakness
- Blood in urine or feces
- Loss of balance (unbalanced gait)
- Urinating more often than usual
Enrolling your dog or puppy in a pet insurance plan in place before a potential disaster is always wise, especially since pet health conditions can crop up more frequently than most pet owners realize.
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