My 7 year old Bob has all the classic symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease. It's been 3 weeks since he's had anything to eat or drink; I'm force-feeding & IV-ing him. He's had xrays, which showed nothing unusual, a liver biopsy (the results aren't in yet), & blood work that showed elevated liver enzymes. He's also jaundiced. He's producing a lot of saliva; it gets worse when I pick him up to feed him. Sometimes it actually bubbles out the sides of his mouth! Once I let him calm down, it decreases. I firmly believe this condition is a result of depression--we got a new kitten 6 months ago, and lost Bob's "best friend" to renal failure 2 months ago. The vet keeps putting me off when I request an anti-depressant for him, saying most of them are filtered thru the liver & we don't want to make matters worse. How much worse can it get than not eating for 3 weeks?! I've looked around on the net, and have begun giving him tiny doses of St. John's Wort (for depression) & milk thistle (which is supposed to encourage liver function). Am wondering if anyone else have used herbs to treat these problems? Does anyone have experience with giving their cat anti-depressants? Any advice on fatty liver disease would also be very much appreciated.
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1/23/06 at 10:21am