Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats (Fatty Liver Syndrome) Part 1

Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats (Fatty Liver Syndrome) Part 1
Typically, cats with hepatic lipidosis have symptoms of anorexia for 3 to 4 days
in a row, or they periodically refuse to eat or tend to vomit.
If your cats are overweight or obese, they are more likely to develop hepatic lipidosis.

Cats that don't eat for three to four days can quickly break down fat to provide their body with energy and nutrients, which can overwhelm the liver's processing capacity.
Gradually, this fat is stored in and out of the liver cells, further impairing liver function, causing the skin to turn yellow or jaundice in the eyes.
If not treated promptly at this point, it can be fatal.

* Diagnosis
- Liver enzyme blood test
- Liver biopsy

* Treatment: A high level of nutritional support is required through a forced feeding tube so that the liver function can resume and process excess fat,
and it takes an average of 6-7 weeks. Depending on the severity of the cat's disease, the veterinarian can choose the insertion method.
1) Nasogastric tube
2) Esophageal tube
3) Gastrostomy tube : long-term treatment
-In the early stage, antiemetics and dehydration intravenous

* What we can do
- Mix one can of prescription food with water. The exact amount of water you need will depend on the size of your cat's feeding tube and your veterinarian will provide guidance.
- Elevating your cat's front paws helps to make it easier for food to enter the stomach.
- After injecting food, pour 5-10cc of tap water through the tube to wash away the remaining food and prevent clogging.
- Leftover food should be stored in the refrigerator.
- It must be heated to body temperature in hot tap water or in the microwave.

If your cat has not eaten at all for 2 days or has symptoms such as jaundice or yellow skin color, you should go a veterinarian immediately.
With irregular eating habits and periodic refusal to eat, it is time to take action to improve liver function.

If your cat has fatty liver, it can be treated, but the probability of returning to the original healthy liver is very low, so prevent it! prevention! This is an important disease.

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