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Companion Animal Practice
Feline liver disease
  1. Carolien Rutgers

    Carolien Rutgers is a senior lecturer in small animal internal medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a foundation diplomate and current secretary of the board of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine and is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. She is interested in all aspects of internal medicine, in particular gastroenterology and liver disease.


THERE are several liver disorders specific to the cat, which may be partially explained by certain unique features of the cat's hepatic metabolism and anatomy. Signs of hepatobiliary disease in the cat are often vague and, therefore, liver disease should be included in the list of differential diagnoses for any cat presenting with non-specific signs of illness. This article sets out an approach to diagnosis - which is based upon a combination of laboratory evaluation, hepatic imaging, and liver cytology or biopsy - and describes the disease processes affecting the liver.

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