Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Liver disease in my mini Schnauzer
    avatar
    An_221269 posted:
    Couldn't get her teeth cleaned as her liver enzymes were advanced and were higher than 6 months ago. the tell me testing is not conclusive and want 300 for blood test to start and more for diagnosis. What can I do -the dog is 13yrs old, in general good health and active, she does drink a lot of water from time to time and she is gaining weight.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
    Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
    You have a valid concern because older dogs do need dental care but there is a concern that the liver may not be functioning properly. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian for suggestions. We usually want to get the liver issues under control first. While the ideal situation would be to have a liver biopsy to find out the exact cause of the elevated liver values, many owners do not want to have that done. Instead, there are a number of medications that can help control increasing liver values. Once that is under some control, then it is time to consider the dental - don't forget about those teeth because that will only get worse and also make the liver issues worth due to bacteria in the blood stream from the infected gums.

    I'm sorry to hear about this double problem, but most dogs can continue to live long, high quality lives with appropriate veterinary care.


    Helpful Tips

    Helping Hospice Patients Keep Their PetsExpert
    Pets are an extremely important part of our lives. And this is especially true when we are at the end of our days. What could be more ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    35 of 47 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Learn more about the AVMA

    WebMD Special Sections