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.