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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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What is a general time frame 7 yr old dachshund to heal

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What is a general time frame for a 7 yr old dachshund to heal from a liver tear? She feel down the steps. She received a blood transfusion and Vit. K to help clot.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's difficult to answer accurately without knowing what her liver looked like in X-rays, ultrasound, or best - abdominal exploration. For example, a small fissure may have already healed. Injury that has compromised at least 70-80% of functional hepatic tissue, however, can result in hepatic failure.
Monitoring a patient such as Ginger should involve serial liver enzyme (AP, ALT, GGT) assessment and hematocrits (HCT or PCV). Progressive healing would be indicated by decreasing liver enzymes and increasing hematocrits. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.