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    Coonhound Liver Problems ???

    Last son out of our old stud dog has dropped weight in the last week & had a loss of appetite. Got him in to the vet this morning & they did bloodwork. Left him over the weekend to flush system with IVs. Said he has an acute liver disease which could have came from getting into something while hunting or even a possible bad batch of dog food. I can't think of any time where he could have gotten into anything as he was either treed with the other dogs or split treed by himself pretty close by. He's been on the same feed for quite a while & there isn't a recall on it. Has anyone ever had this happen before ??? If so do you have any idea what happened to cause it ??? With the luck I've had with dogs lately this is all I need as this is the last living son of our old stud that we have & he's pretty dang nice & planned on using him to keep this line going. The original replacement for the old dog is dying with cancer at only 6 years old & is unable to have semen collected so this one was it. Any idea what could have happened other than ingesting something toxic while hunting ??? Thanks

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    If the older dog is only 6 and dying of cancer then there are hereditary issues there. That would be my guess. Theres no telling what he couldve gotten into while out hunting. Any number of things could lead to the start of liver issues.


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    Hope it all works out for you Les. My last dog had the same symptoms as your dog. Only thing the vet told me that maybe he got into to some poison. Don't know where or how but the was all I was told. Kept him 3 days and he did not improve.

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    What feed are you feeding? I would suspect a feed issue. Many times the recalls are for a lot more feeds than what gets advertised.

    Also if the feed has certain ingredients they can cause cancer or other issues but for whatever reason they are left on the market for years and years. BHA is one ingredient that is a known carcinogen but is used in a lot of dog foods, banned in most countries and banned in many countries in foods meant for human consumption but for whatever reason it is still legal to use in most animal feeds and even in some food products sold in the US.

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    Altro Cat I've been feeding the Southern States Complete Sport feed. Have there been any recalls on it ???

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    Test him for leptospirosis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Young View Post
    Altro Cat I've been feeding the Southern States Complete Sport feed. Have there been any recalls on it ???
    No recalls that I can find but I did find this tidbit about the Southern States feeds. They are made by Pro Pet LLC and known to contain BHA and BHT as preservatives, both are known carginogens and BHT in particular is know to cause liver problems in some dogs. I provided a link for all three of the potentailly dangerous ingredients found in Pro Pet produced feeds, although to be honest these same chemicals can be found in a lot of the lower level and mid level dog feeds.

    BHT... A Dangerous Dog Food Preservative to Avoid

    BHA... a Time Bomb in Dog Food?



    Pro Pet also uses the synthetic version of Vitamin K in many of it's feeds which are known to cause liver damage in some dogs.

    The Controversy Over Menadione in Dog Food

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    Thanks Buddy

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    Vet called & dog is eating like a horse & doing good. Taking him off of iv, but will have to continue with antibiotics for a while. Doing further testing & thinking possibly Leptosporosis, but won't know until the tests are done. He does want me to bring in the feed to have tested as it's a possibility as well. lepto is definitley a possibility in hunting dogs for sure. We're going to do our best to get down to the bottom of this. I know he isn't out of the woods yet, but that call sure made me fill a little better as this is the last son of our old stud dog that we have & we want to keep our line going as long as possible with sons & daughtersof theold dog. Don't get me wrong we do have semen stored on the old stud, but not much. Only 9 straws & want to use it way down the road when most direct dogs off of him are gone. Sounds like he'll pull through, but going to be expensive. Thank goodness I'm going back to work tomorrow.