The liver serves as the control-and-command center for virtually all metabolic processes: production, packaging, and distribution of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates; hormonal and enzymatic control of metabolic pathways; metabolism of biologics; transformation of xenobiotics; decontamination and removal of toxins; and recirculation, recycling, and refilling of gallbladder contents. When the liver does not function at full capacity, clinical manifestations are often ubiquitous and possibly devastating.

TOP 5 Liver Conditions in Dogs

1. Hepatitis or hepatic insult
2. Hepatic fibrosis or cirrhosis
3. Copper-associated hepatitis
4. Congenital portosystemic vascular anomalies (PSVA)
5. “Nonhepatic” hepatic disease

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