Liver Disease: Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis Column written by: Dr. This topic is as big as the states of Alaska and Texas combined. I really cannot do it justice in a short essay, but I think it deserves some mention, if only to diagnosis in young children the pet owner some understanding as to the difficulties involved when a veterinarian is faced with a case of possible liver failure.
If you asked ten people on the street what they knew about “liver”, I would bet that the only consistent answer you would get is that it tastes really bad unless the cook really knows his stuff. The best description of the liver I can give you is that this organ is the main industrial centre of the body. The liver processes raw materials, manufactures the building blocks of the body, recycles the old to make new, and detoxifies the industrial waste of the body. The liver has a double edged nature which, while being life preserving, makes diagnoses and treatment of liver disease extremely difficult.