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Hepatic Neoplasia (Liver Tumors) in Dogs

By: Dr. Erika De Papp

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Malignant tumors carry a much graver prognosis as these are aggressive disease processes and often have evidence of widespread involvement by the time of diagnosis. Just as other tumors can metastasize to the liver, primary liver tumors can metastasize to other organs. The symptoms are often vague and non-specific.

Diagnosis

  • History and physical exam
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Biochemical profile
  • Abdominal radiographs (x-rays)
  • Thoracic (chest) radiographs
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Coagulation profile (clotting tests)
  • Liver biopsy

    Treatment

  • Medical stabilization, which may require IV fluids and blood transfusions in certain cases
  • Surgical mass removal when possible
  • Chemotherapy, depending on the tumor type

    Home Care and Prevention

    Administer all medications as prescribed by your veterinarian. Monitor your pet for abdominal distension, pale gums, extreme weakness, anorexia, vomiting or diarrhea.

    Feed a high quality pet food and provide proper storage to insure freshness of the food. Discard any food that appears to be spoiled.

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