Comments on Dog's Enlarged Liver May Cause Disorientation

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Judith   Manhattan, NY

6/7/2010 6:01:32 PM

My dog has an enlarged liver and heart and has a healthy appetite for meat. She does not want to eat anything else. I have her on lasix 1/2 per day. I try to skip about 2 days a week but when she starts coughing and gagging I continue the dose. A vet recommended giving her Liv20 which I hope to try this week. She is ok except for heavy and fast breathing at times. She is alert and does not seem disoriented. She is a 13 1/2 year old mixed small breed. What do you recommend for the enlarged liver and heart?

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lucie   uk, MB

11/25/2009 2:57:17 PM

From previous comment - the article I am refering to can be found at http://www.veterinarypartner. com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1527

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Lucie   UK, MB

11/25/2009 2:55:46 PM

There is an American Veterniary journal which suggests that a collapsed trachea can compromise airways enough to affect the liver - Our dog has a collapsed trachea and very high liver enzyme results - after xrays and many tests the vets cannot see a reason for it - but this article definetly explains that there could be a link between collapsed trachea and liver problems.

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Dana   London, CA

6/23/2009 8:02:29 PM

Enlarge liver and collapsing trachea are symptoms of Cushing disease. You should have liver enzyme test done and if ALT is high you have a big problem. You cannot help with diet. Read all what you can on Cushing and if your dog has it you will recognize it. She doesn't have to have the major symptoms...

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Vicki   Lebanon, PA

12/12/2008 4:47:59 AM

I too have a dog with an enlarged liver. You stated in your answer to place them on a low protein diet but you didn't explain what all this would entail. Your readers are probably aware that means low meat but it would be helpful to explain a low protein diet in more detail.

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