General information on Hepatic Encephalopathy
Hepatic Encephalopathy is caused by high levels of ammonia and other toxins in the blood as the result of a liver dysfunction. Ammonia accumulates to toxic levels and exerts a poisonous effect on the brain causing inflammation.
Symptoms of Hepatic Encephalopathy
The symptoms of Hepatic Encephalopathy are behavioral changes, head-pressing, uncoordinated gait, disorientation, drooling, sporadic weakness, mental dullness, and stupor. Symptoms tend to come and go. They become more severe after a high-protein meal.
Treatments for Hepatic Encephalopathy
If you suspect that your dog has Hepatic Encephalopathy seek veterinarian care to determine the underlying cause of the liver dysfunction.
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Hepatic Encephalopathy experience by - Caroline
My mini-dachshund developed hepatic encephalopathy after a course of Rimadyl. The vet did not link the symptoms with the high liver enzymes noted from the blood tests. I stopped the rimadyl myself after I saw my dog suffering from digestive problems. She recovered after a specialized diet. The damage was done. Be very careful when your vet recommends a drug that has liver side-effects.
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