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Liver complications

Cody is not eating well and losing weight (approx 2 lbs in a few weeks). Vet suggested ultrasound and said three possible causes are a mass, gall bladder, and liver disease. Money is tight and if the ultrasound shows one of these possibilities what would his quality of life be and treatment options for each scenerio?
Type of Animal
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Cat
Age of Animal
:  
8 yrs
Sex of Animal
:  
Male
Breed of Animal
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dsh
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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January 24, 2010
City
:  
Milton
State/Province
:  
VT
Country
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USA
Blood Test Results
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All liver function levels are elevated
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Hi,

It depends on the diagnosis and the treatments available for each.
For a mass, it depends if it is cancerous and whether it can be removed.
If the gall bladder is obstructed, it may be able to be unobstructyed or surgically diverted.
Liver disease is a family of 4 or 5 diseases with different causes, treatments and outcomes. Liver biopsy will likely be required to distinguish these.

Quality of life will depend on the diagnosis and the recommended course of action. It is premature to attempt to decide that issue before a diagnosis is had.

Get the ultrasound and while doing so, decide whether you will allow surgery if indicated for any of the conditions. In the case of liver disease, and with some masses, a simple needle biopsy may be possible with ultrasound guidance and may allow diagnosis without surgery.

Unfortunately, the complete answer to your question lies after the workup not before.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

Sincerely,

Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MS
MedHelp & PDOC
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