Early detection, home health screening kit for dogs and cats

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Hepatitis

Definition

The liver is the main filtering and clearing house of the body. All blood supply travels through the liver to be detoxified. Hepatitis is a general diagnosis for a number of illnesses where there is inflammation and death of liver tissue. Types of hepatitis include Infectious Hepatitis, Chronic Active Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis Hepatitis. Affected dogs and cats develop a slowly progressive liver disease. There are many possible causes including viruses, bacterial infection, and some drugs (such as high doses of aspirin). Leptospirosis can actually be transmitted between animals and humans, whereas infectious hepatitis can be transmitted only between animals through contact with blood, feces or mucus membranes of an infected animal.

Symptoms

  • Listlessness, lethargy, depression
  • Increased drinking and urination
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Inflamed nostrils
  • Pale mucus membranes
  • Convulsions in young puppies
  • Discharge from the nose
  • Coughing
  • Bloody stools and vomit
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and/or enlarged stomach

How using ThePetCheckup regularly can help

ThePetCheckup is a simple, in-home early detection test that may help to detect health problems at an early stage in your dog or cat…before symptoms appear. Because liver damage can be extensive before hepatitis is diagnosed, early detection is critical.

Hepatitis in dogs and cats is normally treated with antibiotics, IV fluids, dietary change, corticosteroids, and possibly copper-reducing medications. Hepatitis can be controlled when caught early, however, because liver damage is often advanced before the disease is diagnosed, prognosis is not always good.

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