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My west highland terrier is sick and I suppect copper collection

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My west highland terrier is sick and I suppect copper collection which is a genetic disorder in Westies. I am looking for someone knowledgeable in this area to treat him.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 7 months ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about Duffy having copper storage disease seen in West Highland White terriers. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian for Just Answer. Have blood tests been done? Has a specific liver test called bile acids been done? Can you post the results here for me?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 7 months ago.
The definitive test for this condition is a liver biopsy, which can be done using a thin needle, guided by ultrasound. If an ultrasound and biopsy have not been done, that is the first thing to do if blood tests confirm liver disease.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 7 months ago.
Is he on any medication for liver disease such as Acitgall (urosdiol), milk thistle, SAMe, antibiotics, steroids? Is he on a liver/low copper diet like Hills L/D? Zinc is also used for copper storage disease, but if he were my own dog, I would confirm his condition before starting all these things, not just assume because of his breed he has copper storage disease.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 7 months ago.
Let me know if this is helpful and if I can answer any other questions.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 7 months ago.
How is Duffy? I hope you were able to see what I wrote. Can I help with or answer anything else?