Question by GetOutaTown: How is a cat tested for fatty liver disease/hepatic lipidosis at the vet’s?’?
She’s been losing weight fairly rapidly, mostly cause I’ve changed her diet. And upon recommendation from some other “answers”, I’m going to take her to the vet to get it checked out. But specifically how do they test for this? Is it a blood test, and what do they test for? I’d appreciate knowing in advance some of this stuff so that I’ll be better prepared to ask questions when the vet sees the cat.
Any vets out there??
Answer by lisaMford
I did some searching on the internet for you and found out the following:
They’ll ask you about your cats history – how she eats, her appetite etc. They’ll do a physical exam, feel her liver and see if enlarged or not. They’ll also be able to tell the physical condition of the cat while doing this, which will also help with the diagnosis. Blood tests will back up the findings, as well as bile acid tests. They can also try x-rays of the liver to look at it and see if anything is abnormal. A liver biopsy or an ultrasound could also be used.
I’m no vet but I hope I’ve helped a little bit! 🙂
Good luck with your cat 🙂
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