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About the Liver

After your dog’s skin, the liver is the largest organ in its body. It’s also the largest gland. A complex organ performing more than 500 essential functions, it’s one of your dog’s most important organs. That one of the reasons dog food for liver disease is so important if your best friend’s liver is in any way compromised.

The liver detoxifies the blood, helps break down medication, metabolizes fats, stores vitamins and minerals, aids digestion by breaking down food into digestible nutrients, and manufactures proteins necessary for blood clotting.

Because it’s involved in virtually every bodily function, the liver is susceptible to attack from many different sources.

About Canine Liver Disease

The term liver disease refers to any abnormality of the liver that prevents it carrying out its intended functions. It’s a tough organ that has the ability to continue functioning despite being heavily compromised. This can make early diagnosis difficult, particularly when you consider the fact that it can give the impression of normal functionality even when up to 80% of the organ is dead!

The good news though is that the liver has the ability to regenerate itself given the correct treatment.

Because of the variety of functions, there are several types of liver disease. These include:

Chronic Hepatitis is the most common primary canine liver disease. A chronic inflammatory condition, it can be caused by:

  • Poor diet (processed commercial dog food)
  • Genetics
  • Copper storage disease
  • Toxins (unnecessary annual vaccinations, dewormers, flea & tick treatments)
  • Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Injury or trauma
  • Medication such as phenobarbital, paracetamol and NSAIDs
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hypothyroidism

Acute Liver Failure results in sudden loss of liver function, is often associated with neurological problems and blood clotting issues.

Acute liver failure can occur due to trauma or a sudden injury which overtaxes an already compromised or diseased liver.

Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) is a nervous system disorder brought on by poor liver function resulting in the build-up of toxins in the blood which in turn negatively affects brain function.

Portosystemic Shunts (PSS) are generally congenital, the result of a birth defect which causes the blood from the stomach, intestines, pancreas and spleen to bypass the liver. This prevents the blood from being detoxified and causes a build-up of toxins in the blood.

Though rare, portosystemic shunts can also be acquired, which is to say they can develop over time, generally found in older dogs suffering long-term illness.

Symptoms of canine liver disease

The early signs that your dog may be suffering from liver disease include:

  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased urination
  • Increased drinking
  • Lethargy
  • Orange urine
  • Jaundice

Liver Disease Feeding Guide

Remedial feeding guide for chronic or acute liver disease complete with tasty recipes. Ready for immediate download.

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Dog food for liver disease

Whatever your dog’s form of liver disease, fresh food is best. If you want to improve the quality and prolong the longevity of your dog’s life once he or she has been diagnosed with any kind of liver disease, a fresh diet is imperative. Proper dog food for liver disease.

Dry, so-called prescription dog food, is not the answer if your best friend’s liver is compromised. Dry dog food just adds more stress to an already damaged organ. It is certainly never going to help repair it!

A fresh food diet, home cooked or raw, is without doubt the best way forward if you want your dog to recover from liver disease. Fresh food is more bioavailable, more digestible, and let’s face it, it just tastes nicer.

If you were your dog and you were feeling under the weather and off your food because of liver disease, which do you think would be more likely to motivate you to eat and get better. A bowl of unappetising, foul-tasting, dry dog food, or a bowl of fresh food tailored to your individual likes? It’s a no-brainer surely!

In terms of your dog’s diet moving forward, quality and digestibility need to be your watchwords. That’s where a one to one personalised liver disease consultation comes in.

I also offer a Liver Disease Feeding Guide which is available for immediate download if you prefer.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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Fresh food has been proven to improve dog health.
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Better Food, Better Health

Fresh food has been proven to improve dog health.
Know exactly what's in your dog's food.
80% of canine health issues can be improved with healthy food.
There are no chemicals or artificial additives in homemade food.
Life expectancy has been proven greater with fresh food.

Do you really need any more reaons to improve your dog's diet?

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