Cost of Treatment: $250 to $2,000
What Is High Blood Pressure In The Portal Vein To The Liver In Dogs?
High blood pressure in the portal vein to the liver or portal hypertension, means that the blood pressure in the large vein going from the intestine to the liver (the portal vein) in increased.
It can also affect the veins from the spleen, stomach, and pancreas, that goes to the liver. This disorder may be secondary to liver damage or other diseases. Portal hypertension can lead to swollen veins in the esophagus, rectum, umbilicus, and stomach, which is a very serious complication.
Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure In The Portal Vein To The Liver In Dogs
- Jaundice (yellow color in the whites of the eyes and skin)
- Fluid retention (seen as swollen belly)
- Coughing (gagging)
- Exhaustion (tired all the time)
- Breathing difficulty (labored or erratic breathing)
- Diarrhea (runny stool)
- Pain in the abdomen (guarding the belly)
- Appetite loss (a refusal to eat)
- Weight loss Excessive sleepiness
- Not wanting to play or exercise
Causes Of High Blood Pressure In The Portal Vein To The Liver In Dogs
There are three types of portal hypertension, which are prehepatic, intrahepatic, and posthepatic.
Causes Of Pre-hepatic Portal Hypertension:
- Abdominal neoplasia
- Administration of corticosteroids
- Blood clot
- Congenital in Cocker Spaniels, Doberman Pinschers, and Rottweilers
- Constricted blood vessel
- Side effect of shunt repair operation
Causes Of Intrahepatic Portal Hypertension:
- Chronic inflammation
- Congenital in German Shepherds, Terriers, Dalmatians, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, and Retrievers
- Excess fibrous tissues in the liver
- Recurrent bile duct blockage
Causes Of Causes Of Posthepatic Portal:
- A blood clot in the lung
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart tumor
- Pericardial effusion
Treatment Of High Blood Pressure In The Portal Vein To The Liver In Dogs
Portal hypertension has several complications that need to be treated immediately. Your dog may need to be hospitalized and part of the treatment will focus on removing any fluids accumulated in your dog’s abdomen.
Your dog may need diuretic medication and fluid therapy. Portal vein, liver and heart disorders can be treated with surgery or drug therapy depending on the severity and nature of the disease.
Resources For High Blood Pressure In The Portal Vein To The Liver In Dogs
Return to the Dog Health Problems glossary.