Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease in Dogs

Fatty liver disease often occurs in dogs due to a diet high in fat or due to unexpected exposure to large amounts of fatty foods. The liver’s main function is to aid in digestion and help detox the body. However, when the body ingests too much fat, it is sent to the liver for breakdown. However, large amounts of fat can cause the liver to malfunction or even shutdown which can happen to canines experiencing fatty liver disease. Symptoms of the disease often include things like anorexia, rapid weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, muscle wasting, depression, yellowing of the eyes, drooling, and possible collapse in later stages. If your dog has any of these signs, please call your vet to schedule an exam immediately. Your London, ON veterinarian will need to run tests in order to make a diagnosis and begin treatment. It’s important that treatment starts immediately to reduce long term damage.


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