Cirrhosis and Fibrosis of the Liver in Dogs

The generalized formation of scar tissue in liver is referred to as Cirrhosis of the liver. It is associated with regenerative nodules or masses and deranged liver architecture. Another condition called fibrosis of the liver involves the formation of scar tissue that replaces normal liver tissue. Doberman pinschers, cocker spaniels and Labrador retrievers are especially susceptible to a chronic inflammation of the liver or chronic hepatitis.

Common symptoms include 



Fluid build-up in the abdomen

Lack of energy

Loss of appetite

Poor body condition




Black, tarry stools due to the presence of digested blood

Increased thirst

Increased urination

Yellowish discoloration of the gums and other tissues of the body

Skin lesions with superficial, ulcerative inflammation (superficial necrolytic dermatitis)

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