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Pet Health Concerns: Copper Toxiocosis

Copper Toxicosis is a liver condition in which copper accumulates in the liver which eventually leads to chronic hepatitis. High amounts of copper in the body is toxic to pets and it results in the livers inability to metabolize efficiently. This condition can be present at any age but most common is around the age of four  and older. It can  occur equally on both genders and is most commonly seen in the Bedlington Terrier and West Highland White Terrier dog breeds.

Weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting, and pain in the abdominal area are a few of the common symptoms of this condition. DNA tests can determine the diagnosis of this condition. It is important to make sure that your cat or dogs diet has very little copper in it.  The most effective treatment is having a liver biopsy. Recovery time depends on how long and serious the damage was. Medication is also available after the biopsy to  help pass the copper out of the liver through urination.

To learn more about Copper Toxiocosis in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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