What would cause a dog to have high cholesterol? Diabetes mellitus, obesity, and hyperadrenocorticism can affect the liver in such a way that the liver produces more very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), resulting in increased lipid levels in the blood. Other diseases, like nephrotic syndrome, cause the liver to increase production of cholesterol.
How do you know if your dog has high cholesterol? In most cases, hyperlipidemia has no clinical signs. The condition is often detected only when a veterinarian performs routine screening bloodwork. If clinical signs do occur, they are often gastrointestinal signs. Affected pets may develop vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and potentially pancreatitis.
What can I give my dog for high cholesterol?
Do dogs have to worry about cholesterol? High cholesterol in our dogs is rarely the danger sign it can be in us. However, especially if accompanied by elevated triglycerides, it can cause illness or be an early symptom of other disorders. If your pet’s fasting cholesterol levels are high, please discuss further testing with your veterinarian.