LIVER disease in dogs can develop as a result of many different insults. Mild damage may repair itself since the liver has tremendous regenerative capabilities. Severe and/or chronic damage, however, may lead to progressive and self-perpetuating chronic liver disease. The clinical signs of liver disease are usually non-specific and laboratory testing is essential for its recognition and evaluation. A definitive diagnosis is usually based on a combination of laboratory tests, radiography and/or ultrasound, and ultimately on histological examination of a liver biopsy.
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