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Thu, Apr. 24th, 2008, 11:46 am
annamadrigal: Liver/spleen issues

Anyone had their Weim experience raised liver enzymes without explaination? My 9 year old female went in for her annual check up and 4 of the liver levels were exceedingly high. An ultra-sound revealed suspicious spots (tumors have been ruled out) on her liver and also on her spleen. She's on a three week course of enzymes and milk thistle.

I was wondering if liver ailments run in the breed?

Thanks,
anna & Olive

Wed, Sep. 3rd, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Liver Ailment

Anna & Olive

I'm sorry that I don't have an answer to your question as I myself have just brought my 8 year old female wiem back from the vet with abdominal water retention in which the vet suspects liver issues. Your question obviuosly interested us particularly the course of diagnosis with ultrasound and the enzyme/milk thistle treatment. As we are contemplating open surgery or ultrasound as the next step, how is you dog responding to this treatment this early in and have you found out any further information of what the condition is? Any insight that you could give us would be appreciated and in turn if we hear of any as related, we'll be glad to pass along. Thank you!
Craig & Michelle

Wed, Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
annamadrigal: Re: Liver Ailment

I would opt for the ultrasound over surgery, as the liver problem was found during the pre-screening blood work prior to us having some fatty cysts removed, and my vet refused to do any surgery until her levels were brought down once the ultrasound revealed no tumors. She responded very well to 45 days on Denosyl and the milk thistle, had her surgery, and now we continue her on the mild thistle alone, with blood tests every 90 days. So far, so good.
We had her liver levels increase about 4 years ago as a side effect of an anti-anxiety medication - similar to Prozac. The drug company admitted that it was a rare, but viable side effect listed on the literature...but who can read the fine print without a magnifier??? :)

Good luck

Sun, Jun. 20th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): liver prob in weim

We just took our 7 yr old male weim to the vet last night with severe yellowing of the skin and his irises had turned bright green. He found a fist sized tumor on his liver and said it is most likely liver cancer that has spread throughout his body. He recommended us put him down which is an extremely hard decision to make. He has lost from 85 lbs. to 61.5 lbs. He is our first baby. The vet did confirm that boxer and weims are prone to tumor type illnesses. Best of luck to your dog and family.

Mon, Jun. 21st, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
annamadrigal: Re: liver prob in weim

Olive's levels were evened out with medication and diet. Best wishes for yours and his family. I've dealt with losing a wonderful Labrador at a young age due to liver ailments and it's not an easy thing to do. My prayers are with you!