Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

Liver Disease, Acute Hepatitis


Acute hepatitis is sudden inflammation of the liver and damage to liver cells that occurs from a variety of causes.

Toxins that affect the liver are potential causes of liver failure and acute hepatitis. These include iron toxicosis, amanitins Amanita spp mushrooms, cocklebur, Alsike Clover, and Cyanobacteria or Blue-Green Algae. There are a variety of other agents and conditions that cause acute hepatitis. The so-called serum hepatitis, or Theiler's Disease causes classic acute hepatitis too.

The only way to differentiate Acute Hepatitis from other causes of liver failure is through a liver biopsy, which gives detailed information about the disease process but can take a few days for laboratory results.

Generally, treatment for acute hepatitis is directed at the primary cause and is also about supportive nursing care while the liver recovers and regenerates.

my vet's role


The prognosis depends on the specific cause of the hepatitis, the amount of liver damage done, and the quality of the supportive veterinary care provided.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP