The rapid development of diagnostics and medicine has shown that liver diseases in cats and dogs are much more common than previously thought. In many cases, they accompany diseases of other organs: the stomach, intestines, and kidneys, and are not always diagnosed in a timely manner. Knowing the main symptoms and causes of liver problems will help the owner quickly respond and protect the health of the pet.
The liver is a kind of “filter” of the body, which is involved in all metabolic processes and eliminates toxic substances. She is responsible for the exchange of hormones, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins, produces bile for the digestion of food, and provides a protective function. Any abnormalities in the functioning of the liver are reflected throughout the body. However, unlike other organs, the liver has the ability to regenerate and has a huge reserve. In the event of a lesion, to one degree or another, it continues to fulfill its functions, and the initial stages of the disease are easy to miss. Continue reading