ShinBi: Lounging Pajamas (28 March 2014)

ShinBi got custom-made pajamas from a secret admirer. These photos are one of two. We’ll have photos of his other pajamas later.

We do have some worrisome news. ShinBi hasn’t gained any weight. The vet is investigating why. A biopsy of his liver showed chronic hepatitis. More exams are necessary and as Sue Baldwin is on vacation until Thursday, we won’t have the results until then.

Keep ShinBi in your prayers!

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Canine Chronic Hepatitis

Chronic hepatitis in dogs is the term used to describe the inflammation of the liver. Chronic as opposed to acute means this is an on-going problem instead of a sudden onset.

The causes of chronic hepatitis are:

  • Infectious disease
  • Immune-mediate disease
  • Toxins
  • Copper-storage disease
  • Environmental
  • Drugs

Symptoms of chronic hepatitis include:

  • Sluggishness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive urination and excessive thirst
  • Yellowish gums
  • Fluid build-up in abdomen
  • Poor physical condition
  • Dullness
  • Seizures

A biopsy was performed in ShinBi and it was determined that ShinBi had chronic hepatitis. An X-ray and ultrasound is being performed to determine the condition of ShinBi’s liver.

Treatment may include hospitalization and fluid therapy with B vitamin, potassium and dextrose supplements. This treatment will increase the elimination of fluids while decreasing the build-up of fluids in the abdomen.

 

As with the heartworm treatment, ShinBi would be put on limited activity.

ShinBi already had problems with excessive urination and thirst. That is also a result of ShinBi’s diabetes.

ShinBi will likely be switched to a sodium-restricted diet with vitamin and mineral supplements and require several small meals a day.