Cholangiohepatitis in a dog. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cholangiohepatitis was diagnosed in a dog with a 4-day history of anorexia, vomiting, fever, and icterus. Additional findings included signs of depression, dehydration, hepatosplenomegaly, and abdominal discomfort. Exploratory laparotomy was performed, and specimens of liver, spleen, and bile were obtained. Histologic evaluation of liver and spleen revealed acute, suppurative cholangio-hepatitis and splenitis, respectively. Cultures of liver and bile yielded Klebsiella sp. The dog responded to rehydration and intravenous administration of chloramphenicol. Although uncommon, cholangiohepatitis should be suspected in dogs with anorexia, fever, vomiting, icterus, and signs of abdominal discomfort. Definitive diagnosis requires bacterial cultures of liver and bile. Administration of an appropriate antibiotic should resolve clinical signs.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Forrester, S. D., Rogers, K. S., & Relford, R. L

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Forrester, SD||Rogers, KS||Relford, RL

publication date

  • June 1992