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Cat Jaundice

When your cat develops a yellow color to mucus membranes and other body tissue, then it is likely that your cat is jaundiced. This is the result of elevated levels of bilirubin. Bilirubin is the material that comes from red blood cells that have broken down. Jaundice is not normal. The first place an owner may notice it is in the whites of their cats eyes. It will also be noticeable on the abdomen, gums and at the base of their cat’s…

Dog Jaundice

When your dog develops a yellow color to their mucus membranes and other body tissue, your dog is jaundiced. This is the result of elevated levels of bilirubin. Bilirubin is the material that comes from red blood cells that have broken down. Jaundice is not normal. The first place an owner may notice it, is in the whites of their dogs eyes. It will also be noticeable on the abdomen, gums and at the base of the dog’s ear.Prehepatic Causes If the…

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia - IMHA

…decreased appetite, weakness, exercise intolerance, increased respiratory rate, panting, pallor, and pale mucus membranes. Some animals appear jaundiced. As the haemoglobin from red blood cells breaks down, the pigment bilirubin circulates. Skin and eyes appear yellow. Urine may be dark yellow or orange. Rapidly developing hemolysis can make the urine red. Anemia that develops quickly can show severe signs such as shock. Inadequate oxygen…

Cat Liver Disease

…than liver disease, there is one symptom in particular that more specifically points to liver disease. This symptom is jaundice, the yellowing of the eyes, gums, and skin. Jaundice is caused by unusually high levels of bilirubin, a bile pigment, in the bloodstream and often arises in the more advanced stages of liver disease. If you observe your cat displaying any of the above warning signs, its important to contact your veterinarian immediately.…

Cat Liver Failure

…fluid in the abdominal cavity • BleedingDiagnosis Your veterinarian will perform a series of tests. The initial blood tests will include complete blood counts, chemical profile, ammonia levels, clotting profile, and serum bilirubin, which calculate the bile levels in the blood. Your vet will also do a urinalysis. X-rays of the abdomen and ultrasound of the abdomen may also be done. Surgical procedures can range from a laparoscopic exam which can…

Dog Liver Failure

…fluid in the abdominal cavity • BleedingDiagnosis Your veterinarian will perform a series of tests. The initial blood tests will include complete blood counts, chemical profile, ammonia levels, clotting profile, and serum bilirubin, which calculates the bile levels in the blood. Your vet will also do a urinalysis. X-rays of the abdomen and ultrasound of the abdomen may also be done. Surgical procedures can range from a laparoscopic exam which can…

Cat Hyperthyroidism

…will have elevated levels of ALT, a liver enzyme, in their bloodstream. Other substances may be present in elevated levels as well, such as other enzymes, the chemical creatinine, phosphorus, and the bile pigment bilirubin. Some of these higher than normal levels are triggered by physiological complications that arise from hyperthyroidism. Furthermore, blood tests can also provide information on the condition of organs such as the heart,…

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