What are the signs of liver disease?
A. COMMON SYMPTOMS:Some or all of the following symptoms may be present: 1. Intermittent, recurrent abdominal or gastrointestinal upsets. Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation. 2. Progressive depression or lethargy. 3. Swollen belly with a fluid-filled look. This is known as “ascites” and is actually fluid accumulation in the belly due to circulation alterations in the abdomen. 4. Pale gray feces. Bile pigments are what give feces its characteristic brown color. 5. Orange urine. The improper processing of bile results in the excretion of bilirubin in the urine which gives it an orange color. 6. Jaundice, also known as “icterus.” When biliary pigments accumulate in the blood, any pale or white skin or tissue takes on a yellow cast. Usually visible on the stomach and eyes. 7. Hepatic encephalopathy, or severe neurological signs, such as behavioral changes, seizures, aimless pacing or circling and head pressing. 8. Pain associated with the abdomen. 9. Chronic weight loss. 10.