General information on Jaundice
Jaundice, also known as icterus, is the result of impaired liver functions. This causes bile, also known as bilirubin, accumulations in the blood and the tissues causing a yellow tint. This yellow tint can be seen in areas of the dog such as around the ears, the stomach, the whites of the eyes, the tongue, and gums. In addition, the bile accumulation will cause the urine to appear dark brown. Jaundice can be caused by hepatic causes which are disorders in the liver, pre-hepatic causes which are the breakdown of large amounts of red blood cells prior to the blood passing through the liver, and post hepatic causes which are bile duct obstructions after the blood has already passed through the liver. Jaundice is a rare condition in dogs.
Symptoms of Jaundice
Some of the symptoms of jaundice may be yellow pigmentation seen in the skin around the ears and stomach, in the whites of the eyes, the tongue, and the gums. Some other symptoms may be loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention, lethargy, difficulty breathing, and excessive drinking and urination.
Treatments for Jaundice
The treatment for jaundice is to allow the dog to rest a lot and to try to relieve any stress from the dog. Intravenous fluids along with electrolyte therapy may also be given to the dog. If the dog just initiated some form of drug therapy or any other form of therapy, it may need to cease due to the fact that it could be causing the jaundice.
If you have personal pet experience with Jaundice
share your information here - Click Here
Jaundice - personal experiences
Jaundice experience by - Apollo
Apollo is almost 12 yrs old. He is a reg size Yorkie, who has been diabetic for 6 yr. His diabeties was under control. Last night he threw up, and this morning he had no interest in eating. Being a diabetic we have to be very careful about glucose levles. He continued to refuse all food and trew up again. We have visited the vet. Right now we have blood being tested. Apollo was given some fluids, and an injection to help ease his stomach. The vet & lab tech were able to see from the vial of drawn blood that jaundice was present. We test Apollos urine, and can also see there is a brownish color. He is resting at the moment and we will try and feed him a small amount when we awakes.
View all personal experiences on Jaundice
If you want to share information on a different disease, select
a disease from A to Z - Click Here - Diseases A to Z
Remember, this information is for reference only. Always contact your vet or pet profesional for advice.
The information contained on this site is for the sole purpose of
being informative and is not and should not be used or relied upon as medical
Seek the advice of your vet
or other qualified pet care provider before you decide on any treatment or
for answers to any questions you may have regarding a canine medical symptom or medical condition.