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Hepatitis

Hepatitis

Support for Chronic Hepatitis in Dogs

Your dog’s liver is the largest organ in the body. It plays a vital role in detoxifying and filtering impurities in the blood. The liver converts your dog’s food into nutrients, synthesizes enzymes and proteins, produces bile that helps break down fats, and detoxifies the blood. Your dog’s liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. The signs and symptoms of the disease may vary and can include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, yellowing of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Liver disorders can be caused by parasitic disease or by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection.

About Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a liver disorder caused by a bacterial or viral infection transmitted through contact with an infected animal’s blood, saliva, or feces. The three types of hepatitis common in dogs are infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, and chronic active hepatitis. Take your dog to their vet for hepatitis treatment, and help support their recovery with natural supplements like Milk Thistle and Turmeric.

Symptoms of Hepatitis in Dogs

  • High fever
  • Apathy
  • Poor appetite
  • Thirst
  • Inflammation of the eyes
  • Watery discharge from the eyes and nose
  • Abdominal pain and vomiting
  • Red nose and mouth (may also be bruising)

Infectious Hepatitis is a contagious disease caused by a virus known as canine adenovirus and is transmitted through contact with an infected animal’s blood, saliva, or feces. It targets the liver, kidneys, spleen, and lungs and can affect other organs as well. Signs of hepatitis vary from a slight fever to death, with mortality highest in very young dogs.

About Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease caused by genus leptospira, a bacteria that thrives in surface water. Adult dogs, males, and large breed dogs appear to have a higher rate of infection; however, any dog can be exposed. Dogs can become infected through exposure to contaminated water, after contact with body fluids from an infected animal, or from a bite wound. Once in the body, the disease spreads quickly through the lymph system to the bloodstream and to the tissue.

Symptoms of Leptospirosis in Dogs

  • Fever
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Poor appetite
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Eye and nasal discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Lumbar pain from inflammation of the kidney
  • Increased thirst
  • Inflammation of the eyes
  • Watery discharge from the eyes and nose
  • Abdominal pain and vomiting
  • Red nose and mouth (may also be bruising)

Chronic Hepatitis in Dogs

Chronic Hepatitis is a progressive liver disease that is characterized by irreversible scarring of the liver tissue that ultimately leads to necrosis (death of the liver cells). Dogs with chronic hepatitis will initially exhibit no outward signs of illness; however, as the disease progresses liver cells will be replaced by scar tissue that causes the abdomen to swell and become abnormally rubbery and firm. Chronic hepatitis affects dogs of any age and breed.

Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis in Dogs

  • Vomiting (may be bloody)
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Distended stomach
  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Jaundice
  • Nose bleeding and abnormal skin bruising

Additional Support

Your vet will recommend the best course of hepatitis treatment for your dog and make suggestions on how best to protect other pets in your house. You can support your dog by making them comfortable and reducing any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing.

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