|Purred: Sat Nov 21, '09 10:46am PST |
|I had elevated liver enzymes earlier in the year and so did one of my sisters. We never discovered for sure what the cause was but spoke to our vet who went through the options. Our levels were not super high and we didn't get any jaundice but here were things that the vet suggested.
Liver enzymes get elevated if anything damages the liver. This can include poisons (which can include some household things we'll cover later), liver illnesses like hepatitis, gall stones/pancreatitis that also affect the liver as things get inflamed or backed up, weight loss, cancer or physical injury like a fall.
Depending on which of the blood test liver numbers are elevated in your blood test, how high they are and your history and any other symptoms the vet and your mum should be able to narrow down that list.
"Poisons" can include houseplants (especially anything in the lilly family) and also some cleaning products (our vet asked especially about if we use Febreze which she'd seen problems with before). So think about if there is anything new that you've done/used that your mum should ask the vet about.
Mum got 2 of our other sisters tested to make sure it wasn't our cat food that was causing problems but they were OK. She had used Febreze a couple of times so she tossed that just in case.
The vet gave us Denamarin which helps protect liver cells from damage and helps liver repair. You have to make sure your don't crush or break the pills even if you put them in a gel cap. The pills have a protective coating and if that gets broken they will cause GI issues. Mum checked with our vet and broke up the pill to put it in my gel cap with my other meds and it gave me an ulcer and my poop turned black and my BUN went up We swapped back to taking it whole and I was fine then.
One good thing about the liver is that if your problem is caused by a one time damage (injury, weight loss, poison etc) the liver is one organ that can heal itself and grow back. In human liver transplants a family member can donate half their liver and in the donor and patient it will grow back to 2 full livers.
Hope this gives you info to help figure out what's happened and to ask your vet when you see them, Purrs Freckles & Minxy
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