Hereditary hepatitis in Dobermans

Doberman hepatitis (DH) is a chronic, progressive inflammatory disease of the liver. A progressive infection causes liver cells to damage and be replaced by connective tissue. The disease is hereditary, although the exact mechanism of heredity is still unknown. The disease can be divided into two forms: asymptomatic (subclinical) and symptomatic (clinical) hepatitis. In the asymptomatic stage, the dog is completely healthy and in good condition. Asymptomatic hepatitis is suspected when a liver function test reveals increased liver enzyme levels.

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