Liver Disease in Dogs

There are some man-made chemicals that are toxic and can cause liver disease in dogs as well as humans. The list of these chemicals includes phosphorus, selenium, carbon tetrachloride, insecticides, and toxic amounts of arsenic, lead and iron.

Most people are not aware that liver disease in dogs can also be caused by some over-the-counter medicines and also prescription medications. Antibiotics, antifungals, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, dewormers and diuretics can all cause adverse reactions in a dog and possibly lead to liver disease if an excessive dosage is given or there is prolonged use of the medication.

Another cause of liver disease in dogs can be traced to a dog consuming certain plants and herbs. These include some mushrooms, blue-green algae, and the mold aflatoxin that grows on corn. If aflatoxin accidentally manages to enter the dog food manufacturing process it can contaminate any canned or dry dog food it comes into contact with and can result in severe liver damage. The damage comes from gallstones, tumors, and liver flukes that form and block the dog’s bile ducts.

To determine the best method of treating liver disease, a veterinarian will first order blood tests followed by ultrasound or CT scans. The scans can reveal damage to the liver but the only conclusive test is a biopsy of the dog’s liver. Whether or not a dog will recover from liver disease is dependent on how long the dog has been sick, the full extent of the liver damage, and whether surgery is necessary or if the disease can be controlled with medications. Surgical procedures are usually recommended to correct bile duct obstructions and some primary tumors of the liver.

Liver disease in dogs is a very serious condition and after treatment by a vet you will need to control and prevent any further complications such as bleeding. Your dog may also require a special diet low in protein to complete its recovery.

Liver disease in dogs is something that must be treated as quickly as possible to protect your pet and give it the ability to live a long and disease-free life.

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How do you differentiate the two types of mange?

Question by Shane Paternostro: How do you differentiate the two types of mange?
I brought my puppy to the vet today for his 6 weeks shots and dewormers and was told that my puppy has mange and that he will need sulphur dips once a week for the next 4 weeks. My vet said he is treating my puppys mange as scapies even if it turns out not to be. So how do you tell the difference between demodex mange and sarcoptic mange?

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Answer by fluffy_aliens
The only way is with a skin scraping.

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THE ROCK: Chapter 10 – 2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

Reporter:  “So how did you come up with the idea for your walk?”

Yer Big Dog: “Well, I’m from Texas and everything’s bigger down there.  When we lose a loved one to cancer we don’t walk around a park.  We walk across the country.

Now that Murphy had a brother and I returned to the world of lucidity, it was time to take inventory and fulfill my second promise to Malcolm.  But devoting the rest of my life to finding out what took him from me was no small order.  How in the hell does someone like me go about it?

I wasn’t a scientist and though I possessed a basic understanding of genetics, cellular biology, biochemistry and the like from my pre-med days in college, I wasn’t about to return to school.  That’d be poor resource allocation.  That’s when my business mind kicked into high octane.  
What’s the market problem?  Problem (a). When Malcolm was diagnosed in 2004 there was a serious paucity of scientific data, I think a sum total of 3 or 4 articles on osteosarcoma back then and not much more on the others.  Okay, so we need more research which means we need more scientists working on canine cancer which means we need more money.  And after expending all of my resources on Malcolm’s care, I pretty much had none.

But even before I got his diagnosis I was oblivious to the reality that companion animals developed cancer and everyone I talked to subsequent was, too which meant problem (b) awareness was the greatest challenge.  And like I learned in business if you’re not going after the biggest obstacle you may as well be doing nothing.  

Exactly how to go about it was the next question.  


Everyone with a great idea wants to reflect back on the flash of brilliance it came from but honestly, it’s a lot messier than that. 

Two notions preoccupied my mind throughout the winter of 2006:  (1) How to spread the word to the greatest amount of people and with no money; and (2) how to get back to New England and begin again.

Finally, after musing over it for a seemingly endless amount of time, the smart ass side of my inner dialogue spoke up.  ‘Well, why don’t you walk home, tough guy?” 

I fall for it every time.

“You’re an idiot”, the practical, rational-self answered.  “That’s the stupi…Wait. Wait a sec.  Why don’t I walk home.  Why don’t I walk home?  Why don’t Iwalk home!!!”

It was ludicrous… preposterous… but it just might be possible.  Plus, Hudson and Murphy and I could walk from town to town sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about cancer in companion animals.  Having driven from Boston to Austin many times before I knew it was about 2,000 miles on the money and even a girl from California could walk that far. 

But could the boys make the journey safely?  Which route would we take?  What gear and equipment would we need?  My mind raced with thoughts and concerns and crazy ideas but the most important question I had at the time, “What should we call it?” 


YBD’s Notes 1: Some people may find my characterization of canine cancer as a market problem crass but that’s how the ole coconut works. 

YBD’s Notes 2: Next week, we’ll finish up with Chapter 10 and we are nearing the end of the Book 1.  

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May 19, Purina Beggin strips need to be taken off the market

My small dog was killed by a product called Beggin strips. It did this over time not the first time I ever gave it. This item needs to be removed off
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Real Housewives of New York City Star to Host Martinis For Mutts Fundraiser

Fans of Fidos, felines and famous faces are saying “Bravo!” to Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan for her ongoing efforts to help animals in need. On June 29th the reality…

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Cool Topical images

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Way Back in the Gardenia Rows by Kay Wheeler Moore [Book Review and First Wild Card Tour]

Way Back in the Gardenia Rows by Kay Wheeler Moore My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I first started reading, “Way Back in the Gardenia Rows” by Kay Wheeler Moore, what really struck me about the book was how personal, Kay brings the reader into the story of her own life. Filled with tales…

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The Longest Day

sol·stice  [sol-stis, sohl-]
1. Astronomy. a.either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator: about June 21, when the sun reaches its northernmost point on the celestial sphere, or about December 22, when it reaches its southernmost point. Compare summer solstice, winter solstice.
b.either of the two points in the ecliptic farthest from the equator.
2. A furthest or culminating point; a turning point.
Yesterday was the second anniversary of Murphy’s passing and for me it has proven pivotal.  On the walk I often pushed myself physically almost to yet at times past the point of punishment.  I sustained a knee injury years ago and there were nights in our tent after a rigorous stretch of road, the pain would radiate so intensely I couldn’t sleep, not even for a second. But when he morning came, I’d decamp and pack up the boys and get back on the road.  
And I have exacted the same standard on myself emotionally and with the same fervor.  A lot of people I know don’t, as feeling extreme sadness frightens them.  The second Murphy was diagnosed in 2010 just weeks after the completion of the walk, I already knew I was on the downward slope of a different kind of journey.  But I was unafraid for myself.  
You see, in the two years since, some people ask me, “Why do you let it hurt you so much?”  Perhaps the only answer I have, the only one that makes sense to me is, “It is my way of honoring him.”  
And that I have.  
I was at the Farmer’s Market yesterday cooking up some Tex-Mex Tatties and since it fell on this anniversary, the Chef’s Special was the Murphy Tattie.  And that the origin of his name is Irish, the inspiration was my interpretation of Banger and Mash.  It was a huge hit.  
One customer came up and I was launching into a story about how the Tattie was named after the dog I lost to cancer was….
“WAIT!”, he interrupted.  ”You mean THIS has dog meat in it????”  
The smart ass me kicked into high gear.  ”Yeah, I said casually.  I’ve had Murphy in a freezer for two years just waiting to use his meat for this recipe.”  
Everyone one in the crowd burst into laughter.
Given all that I have born witness to, I suppose it should be of no surprise that the week of the solstice is also the anniversary of so many triumphs and tragedies.  
It was a good, good day and not for one second did sadness set in.  
Thank you Murphy for giving me the strength to love and hurt and the strength to endure…
Postscripts to Tish:  Thank you for planting the white rose bush in honor of Murphy and the photo of the budding blossom yesterday.  

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Nice Skin Allergies photos

A few nice skin allergies images I found:

Why Latex is Bad for Me
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Alternate title: Rebecca overshares.

This is the smallest mildest form of reaction I can have, where the skin sort of gets eaten away and the dark spots are either scabs or what’s left of the skin there. Now you know why I’m so paranoid.

Ania’s arms covered in allergy causing substances
skin allergies

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Fat John Playin it PHat….
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Fat John…..eatin up the skins….

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Dog of the Day: Callie LeAnn Partin

My Dog’s Name: Callie LeAnn Partin Age of My Dog: 7 years My Dog’s Birthday or Gotcha Day (or month): Jan 12th About My Dog’s Birthday: My dog’s birthday is pretty special…

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