Ascites, renal abnormalities, and electrolyte and acid-base disorders associated with liver disease

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 1985 Jan;15(1):197-214. doi: 10.1016/s0195-5616(85)50011-x.


Ascites and renal dysfunction are often associated with decreased liver function and reflect the complex abnormalities of water, protein, electrolyte, and acid-base metabolism that may complicate severe liver disease. This article discusses the pathophysiology and management of ascites, polydipsia and polyuria, decreased renal function, and acid-base and electrolyte alterations that can complicate liver disease.

MeSH terms

  • Acid-Base Imbalance / physiopathology
  • Acid-Base Imbalance / veterinary*
  • Animals
  • Ascites / physiopathology
  • Ascites / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Dogs
  • Kidney / physiopathology
  • Kidney Diseases / physiopathology
  • Kidney Diseases / veterinary*
  • Liver / physiopathology
  • Models, Biological
  • Thirst / physiology
  • Water-Electrolyte Imbalance / physiopathology
  • Water-Electrolyte Imbalance / veterinary*