What is jaundice ?

Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and eyes, the whites of the eyes become yellow, urine darkens, and the color of stool becomes lighter than normal. Jaundice occurs when the liver and/ or the gall bladder is not working properly or when a bile duct is blocked. It is caused by too much bilirubin (build up of bile waste products) in the blood.

Bilirubin is yellow in color, therefore, an animal with jaundice will have yellow gums, skin (often seen on the inside flap of the ear), and a yellowish cast to the 'whites' of the eyes.

What is hepatitis?

It is a Latin word meaning inflamed liver. Hepatitis is literally, inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis caused by a virus is known as viral hepatitis. Other causes of hepatitis include toxic chemicals and alcohol abuse. Symptoms of hepatitis include an enlarged liver, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dark urine. 

Bacterial or viral infection, parasitic infestation, alcohol, drugs, toxins, or transfusion of incompatible blood may cause hepatitis. Although many cases of hepatitis are not a serious health threat, the disease can become chronic and sometimes lead to liver failure and death.

  • Jaundice 
  • Loss of Appetite 
  • Constipation
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver damage


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