I have a question about liver disease/cancer. I was approved to adopt a puppymill rescue- a senior female maltese., -about 10 years old. I had plans to pick her up next week and just got a call yesterday from the foster person, who was very upset and told me something to the effect of the "liver function" in this dog's blood panel shot up 3 times as high as it was last month. The dog had surgery on wednesday to have some holes in the gums fixed, and I guess the result of the most recent blood panel showed this. Apparently she had another blood panel just one month prior and everything was completely normal. The foster mom said that this dog has also started losing a bit of weight over the last month, but still has a good appetite and is otherwise completely asymptomatic. We both feel that if she is sick, the dog should stay with her (as much as this breaks my heart) because I don't think it would be fair to uproot a sick dog from the only home she's ever had. So where we're at now- another blood test is going to be performed in 2 weeks, and the vet is being very vague as to what could be going on. It seems pretty grim to me, but i don't want to be totally pessimistic. Any ideas on possible reasons for the liver function/enzymes to jump so dramatically in just one month? I'd appreciate any advice- waiting these 2 weeks is going to be so hard! Thanks.
were the liver values elevated before she had the dental or after ? it is possible that the anesthetic caused the increase in liver values. it could also be that the condition of her mouth attributed to the rise in levels also. an ultrasound and if warranted, an ultrasound guided biopsy, would be the most beneficial way of diagnosing the liver problem. was there any talk of fluid therapy ? either admitting her to the hospital for a round of IV fluids or doing SUBQ fluids at home every few days ?
how about medication and food change ? there are 2 medications that can help .... DENOSYL and MARIN ,,, both taken at the same time .. its not a one or the other deal.
i feel bad for this little dog. she finally gets a shot at a REAL life only to have it be a problematic one. =(
thanks for the bump basset =)
***Edited By: Scout1 on 12/15/2006 10:56:33 PM*** Reason: x
no it usually isn't normal to repeat it if the blood is only a month old. however if the dog is showing signs of being sick, and i think eshanna said the dog was losing weight, then re running the bloodwork, especially on a dog the age of this one, would be perfectly normal.
however i am a little confused on the chronological order of things here.
Hi and thanks for the replies. I am a bit confused as well with the chronological order, and am waiting to get more info from the current foster parent. I honestly don't know the answers to some of your questions. I guess the main things I am concerned about are- does weight loss and the really high jump in the blood work concerning the liver pretty much indicate something really, really grim? Or could their be other reasons for this, that are not so serious and could be resolved? I guess in my mind I am thinking liver cancer, which I know is not all that common in dogs and cats (from my own internet research lately). Because she is otherwise healthy and not showing any signs of weakness, pain, lethargy, changes in behavior or diet (she has a very good appetitie), I am hoping that this is not serious...............
I don't know much about her life before but she was a breeder dog in a mill in Tennessee, and was saved in a mill bust. So if the mill was busted, you know the conditions she lived in had to be horrible. She also has no teeth due to them pretty much just rotting out of her mouth. Maybe that has something to do with the high liver levels...........