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Copper Toxiocosis

Description: A liver condition in which copper accumulates in the liver, which leads to chronic hepatitis. Having an excessive amount of copper in the body is toxic. With too much copper, the liver can't metabolize efficiently. This can be present at any age but is most common around 4 years old and older and can occur equally in both genders.

What to Watch For: Some signs include weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting, and pain in the abdominal area. This is due to the pressure of the liver on the cells. It can potentially kill the liver cells.

Diagnosis: Diagnosed via DNA test.

Treatment: A way to help prevent this is making sure your dog's diet has very low copper. The most effective treatment is having a liver biopsy. Recovery depends on how long and how badly the liver is damaged. Medication will help pass the copper out of the liver and the copper will eventually exit through urination.

Breeds prone to Copper Toxiocosis include:

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