Copper toxicosis in Bedlington Terriers

Eriksson, J.

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 24(2): 148-152


Copper toxicosis of bedlington terriers (chronic progressive hepatitis) is a genetically transmitted disease. The typical feature of this disease is accumulation of copper in the liver tissue. The changes vary from mild hepatitis to chronic progressive hepatitis and cirrhosis. Two cases of copper toxicosis examined at the Department of Pathology in Helsinki [Finland] in the years 1980-1982 are studied. A re-examination of tissue samples was made of all bedlington terriers examined during the years 1969-1982 at the same department. Of the 14 examined, 6 dogs showed a positive reaction for copper in their liver tissues. The possible relationship of the examined dogs is not yet known.