Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Liver Disease

Animals Affected – Dog, Cat

General Information
The liver is a large organ located in the most forward part of the abdomen, resting against the muscular partition between the abdominal and chest cavities. The liver is essential for life and performs over 100 important functions, such as removing waste products (toxic substances and drugs) from the blood, metabolizing fats, storing carbohydrates, assisting in blood clotting, and manufacturing bile, plasma proteins, and other substances.

Liver disease is often difficult to detect until the illness becomes severe because there is an overabundance of liver tissue, and the liver can partially regenerate itself. The signs of liver disease vary with the degree and location of damage. Various blood tests are necessary to discover the extent and nature of liver damage. In many cases, surgical removal of a small piece of liver tissue (liver biopsy) is the only way to diagnose the type of liver disease.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Some types of liver disease can only be treated in the hospital, while others are treated on an outpatient basis. Some liver diseases can be cured, while in others the goal of treatment is control of the disease.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.