Liver problems in dogs

Role of your dog’s liver

The liver plays a vital role in the health of your dog. It regulates sugar, protein, and fat entering the blood stream. It filters out wastes in your dogs blood, creates cholesterol to protect arteries and manufactures hormones. It supports nearly every organ system in the body. When congested with toxins, the liver can affect the function of the gallbladder, pancreas and every other organ in the body.

Dogs are exposed to a wide variety of environmental pollutants. They can swallow or lick up poisonous substances including household chemicals, lawn treatments including herbicides and pesticides; they may ingest artificial colouring, flavouring and chemical food preservatives, they must tolerate the stress and strain of vaccines, tick repellent, heartworm chemicals, over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals, etc.

The liver is the body’s main detoxifier, one of the most important vital organs, and needs a little help in filtering out all of the above.

When your Vet tells you your dogs liver enzymes are high or rising, it means the liver is over taxed. More cells are dying than rejuvenating. This condition can reach a critical state if not addressed.

 Quality of your dog’s life

Many dogs appear to be healthy for  years eating low quality, highly refined  carbohydrate pet foods. The problem is over time the dogs liver is collecting and storing toxins until it reaches a critical state. We meet a lot of animals  between six and seven years of age with severe liver damage. Here is the good news. There are simple steps you can take allowing the liver to  detoxify and regenerate. The liver is in fact the one organ in the body that can regenerate given the correct conditions.

  1. First, eliminate as many of the toxins your dog is currently exposed too in its diet, environment and drugs.
  2.  Your dogs diet should contain quality protein instead of pea protein or vegetable protein isolate, wholegrain carbohydrates ( Brown Rice, Oats, etc) and no cheap fillers like sugar beet, .
  3. Use a liver support like Liver Heprotect and a detoxifier such as Pet Detox to help clear the blood .
  4.  Make sure you feed your dog a quality fibre like whole grains . This step is critical in that when toxins are released into the bowel, fibre will absorb them assuring they are carried out of the body and not recycled through the blood stream, back into the liver.

 Don’t rush your dog’s detox

Quality products work efficiently, but I do caution to take it easy.  You never want to rush a detoxification process. You can make your dog very sick by forcing too many toxins into the blood stream at once. Slow and easy and we usually see the Vet’s test results improve quickly.