Chronic Active Hepatitis in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $1,110 to $7,300

What it is: Chronic active hepatitis (CAH) involves the inflammation and scarring of the liver that eventually leads to a decrease in liver function. Causes can include immune-mediated diseases, leptospirosis and infectious canine hepatitis. Sometimes no cause can be found.

Symptoms:

  • No symptoms in earliest stages
  • Increased urination and thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Fluid retention in the abdomen
  • Jaundice
  • Altered behaviors
  • Abnormal bleeding

Treatment:A low-protein, high-calorie diet can help with CAH, as can IV fluids, broad spectrum antibiotics, steroids, medication, vitamins and regular checkups. Because the liver is so resilient, when the disease is caught early enough it can often be managed and result in a long, quality life. Many pet insurance plans cover the costs of treating CAH.

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