When displaying even a single symptom of liver disease, your dog could very possibly be in life-threatening danger. The liver is one of the most important organs in the body for humans, and with dogs, this is no different.
The bodies of all species need to remain healthy, clean and free of hazardous materials and chemicals in order to continue to function properly. The job of the liver is to assist in the process of keeping the body free of things that would harm and potentially kill it with their very presence.
The liver is in charge of carrying out various bodily processes such as the removal of toxins from the bloodstream, as well as removing wastes and aiding in the production of bile so as to assist in digestion of nutrients. These are all vital functions that the body simply could not go on surviving without, so if a pet owner begins to notice symptoms of liver disease in their dog, help must be sought out and treatment administered as soon as possible.
The problem with noticing a symptom of liver disease is that the signs are often very subtle and easy to dismiss.
Sometimes you won't even realize anything is wrong with your dog in the first place until it is too late, with the only indications of a problem coming in the form of subtle little changes in behavior.
But due to the sheer severity of liver disease and the threat that it poses to your dog's welfare (and, ultimately, life) you can't afford to just sit around waiting for larger signs to confirm your suspicions.
If you notice what you even suspect might be a liver disease symptom in your dog, your best bet is to just to book an appointment with your vet and have the animal checked out just to be on the safe side. It's possible that the would-be liver disease symptoms were merely caused by something else, but it never hurts to be 100% sure.
The most common symptom of liver disease in dogs is a sudden loss of appetite.
If your dog has always been eating a healthy, substantial amount of food and then suddenly begins to ignore its meals, it should be treated as a very serious sign.
Often it's not a simple loss of appetite; it could go on until the dog actually begins losing a lot of weight, even to the point of becoming emaciated. Any such changes to your dog's diet need to be reported to a veterinarian right away.
Another thing to look out for is depression and lack of energy.
This isn't necessarily a sign of liver disease, but lethargy and refusal to partake in physical activity is a very common symptom of diseases in general and should be checked out anyway. With this, your dog could have any number of issues, so it's also something that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Some of the more visible symptoms of liver disease are gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting and diarrhea. Other things that might come with this type of disease are dilute, orange urine due to malfunction in the liver's creation of bile, as well as jaundicing and inability of the blood to properly clot.