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What causes liver problems in dogs?

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Sometimes liver disease can happen as a result of aging. Sometimes it's genetic. But it can also be brought on by infection or injury to the area. Some diseases and medications can hurt your dog's liver.

Other causes of liver disease may include:

  • Some plants and herbs such as ragwort, certain mushrooms, and blue-green algae
  • Molds that grow on corn
  • Untreated heartworms
  • Diabetes
  • Issues with the pancreas
  • Long-term use of painkillers
  • Fatty foods

From: Liver Disease in Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 8, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/8/2018

SOURCES :

Canine Health Foundation: "Protein-Losing Nephropathy (PLN): An Overview."

Vet Info: "Jaundice in Dogs."

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine.

Web DVM: "Ascites (Free Fluid in the Abdomen in Dogs and Cats)."

Canine Liver Disease Foundation: "Types and Causes of Liver Disease."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 8, 2018

SOURCES :

Canine Health Foundation: "Protein-Losing Nephropathy (PLN): An Overview."

Vet Info: "Jaundice in Dogs."

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine.

Web DVM: "Ascites (Free Fluid in the Abdomen in Dogs and Cats)."

Canine Liver Disease Foundation: "Types and Causes of Liver Disease."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 8, 2018

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