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Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

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667 Harris Road
Ferndale, NY 12734
Phone: 845-292-6711

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DayHours By Appointment
Monday7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed
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Liver Disease in Pets From Our Veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale, NY

If you are like most pet owners, you have not thought much about liver disease in your pet. While it does occur in dogs and cats, liver disease is not a condition at the forefront of most pet owners’ minds. It is a disease that is worth learning about, however, because it can affect both dogs and cats. Certain treatments can be effective for liver disease, depending on its severity, but there are also cases of liver disease that can be fatal. As your veterinarian in Ferndale, NY, we are here to help you understand the liver disease and to provide the treatments your pet needs to live a full, happy life!

Cat getting checked for Liver Disease.

Understanding Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats

The liver has a lot of jobs in your pet’s body. It produces bile for digestion, it helps blood clot, it cleans the blood and has a variety of other duties as well. Because of its many duties, problems with the liver can vary widely – affecting one or more of the functions the organ is responsible for.

Problems with the liver may lead to jaundice, the yellowing of your pet’s skin and other tissues. Or they may show up as issues with the gastrointestinal system, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms of liver disease can even show up as disorientation and seizures. It all depends on what part of the liver’s function is impaired.

Some of the more common issues with the liver include:

  • Infection – because the liver cleans the blood, it is susceptible to bacterial infections, viral infections, and other infections.
  • Hepatitis – liver disease in dogs is often caused by hepatitis, which can lead to liver scarring and inflammation.
  • Impaired development of blood vessels – liver disease in younger dogs is often the result of abnormalities in the blood vessels that feed the liver.
  • Fungal infections – fungal spores can cause liver disease that is hard to treat, making it one of the more worrisome liver issues a dog or cat can suffer from.
  • Masses – cysts can develop in the liver that may need to be removed surgically.
  • Cancer – tumors can develop in the liver, either directly in the liver or after spreading from another area.

How Your Veterinarian Can Help

You can help your pet by bringing them in for regular physical exams and routine labwork at least every year and biyearly if they are seniors to establish a baseline and through time pick up on disease early with regular exams and lab work.  The best way to get an accurate diagnosis of liver disease is to visit your veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County.   Our team has a number of different tests we can conduct based on the symptoms your pet is experiencing. Tests can range from a standard physical exam to ultrasound and biopsy.

The treatments we will offer you and your pet will depend on the exact liver disorder affecting your pet. For instance, if your pet has a fungal infection, we will administer anti-fungal medication. If your pet has a cyst that needs to be removed, we will suggest surgery.

Schedule an Appointment at Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

If your pet is not acting right or is suffering from symptoms you think indicate liver disease, please contact Animal Hospital of Sullivan County at 845-292-6711 immediately. The sooner we can diagnose the problem, the sooner we can begin treatment.

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Testimonial

Dr. Barbara Bodolosky is a very talented and professional veterinarian and we chose her to be our vet for our new rescue pup, Sweetie. We are lifelong residents of Sullivan County and have had many vets treating our pets over the years. We picked Dr. B because we had read many glowing and thankful reviews on various websites and noted that her practice is listed as #2 in the Top Ten Vets in Sullivan County. We were instantly drawn to her warm, calm, caring and practice approach to animal care which is also evident in her interaction with us on each visit. Dr. B is willing to spend lots of time with us as we learn about our newest companion and discuss the best care and training for our wonderful, Sweetie – no question is too small. She has been practicing in Sullivan County since 2001 and caring for animals since 1993 after leaving the military. {Note: Recently friends of ours needed to have a very large fishhook removed from their toy Yorkie’s stomach and they report that Dr. B provided instant help and was a skillful surgeon – all went well. Another friend of ours told us that several groomers had tried and failed to clip her Shih Tzu’s nails due to his crazed behavior and his painfully long nails were now impacting his gait – Dr. B and her team accomplished this taking 45 slow and gentle minutes and only charging $16} All of her office staff are friendly and always helpful – happy to meet and greet your pets too. It should also be noted that the practice is bright and clean and modern – even the grounds are kept immaculately and are free of any “messes”! Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is open most days until 5 or 6 pm and offers on-call emergency services 7 days a week from 7:30am to 9pm. They also board pets and maintain the only local crematorium if such services are ever needed. (Dr. B had been most kind and beyond supportive when we were faced with the illness and eventual loss of our beloved dog after 18 years of being a most important member of our family.) We cannot recommend Dr. B more highly and we thank her for her service and care.

- Mrs. H

Office Hours

DayHours By Appointment
Monday7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

*Our on-call emergency hours are available seven days a week from 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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