January 20, 2011

Liver Disease in Dogs

Filed under: Pet Health — Tags: , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:35 am

Damaging Effects of Liver Disease in DogsWhen your dog’s liver has been infected, many of the dog’s bodily functions are affected. The liver stores glycogen, detoxifies the blood stream, stores vitamins and minerals, and cleans out the system of waste and poisons. Infection can interfere with these normal functions. Older dogs are at a higher risk of canine liver disease.

There are many reasons why your dog has developed liver disease. Causes of liver disease in dogs are:

  • Genetics
  • A poor diet
  • Ingesting poison
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • A blow to the head leading to trauma
  • Abnormality of the liver
  • Or toxic substances, (e.g. pesticides) that have been ingested

Canine Liver Disease
Anyone can tell if their dog is acting out of the ordinary. If your dog has any of these symptoms, they may be suffering from liver disease.

  • Increased water intake
  • Swollen or bloated belly
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Disinterest in everyday activities
  • Pacing or seizures

Your dog needs all the help they can get. There are many treatments for liver disease in dogs. Natural remedies for your dog is an efficient source of treatment. Remedies such as milk thistle and vitamins B and E are just a few of the many options you could provide your dog with. Also, a change in the dog’s diet will help reduce the impact of liver disease. Choosing certain fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to include in your dog’s diet will be an important way to help your dog stay as healthy as they possibly can.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.