Did you know Amyloidosis, a rare disease not known to many of us, is also found in our beloved pets? This disease is likely much more common than we know, just not well diagnosed.
Amyloidosis in dogs is a condition where proteins called “amyloid” are deposited in dogs’ organs and tissue, causing them to function abnormally. Amyloid is waxy and translucent in appearance and it cannot be dissolved or digested by the body. If the condition goes untreated for a long period of time, it could cause organ failure, especially in the liver and kidneys where the condition is most common in dogs. The symptoms of amyloidosis can vary depending on which organs are affected and the amount of amyloid deposited. Amyloidosis is an uncommon condition with several causes, though there is a known genetic predisposition among certain breeds. If you see the signs of amyloidosis in your dog, consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.