Spotlight on Fatty Liver Disease in Felines

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Hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease, is one of the most common forms of liver problems in cats. Generally, it is sparked by malnourishment, which can cause fat to accumulate in the liver and interfere with the way red blood cells are processed. If your veterinarian diagnoses your cat with fatty liver disease, making dietary changes can usually reverse the condition.

Once started, fatty liver disease causes a range of symptoms in cats, including rapid weight loss, GI problems, yellowing of the eyes, and drooling. They often occur after a prolonged period of not eating at all, or eating less than usual. If you suspect your cat could have fatty liver disease, bring him or her to the animal hospital as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will examine your cat and probably run some blood tests. Then he or she may recommend a high protein diet to help reverse the condition. If your cat cannot eat on his or her own, you may need to use a syringe to place food into his or her esophagus for a short period of time.

Most cats recover from fatty liver disease within three to six weeks, if they get the veterinary treatments they need. If your cat has symptoms, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for an appointment. You can reach Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

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