CANINE LIVER DISEASE - an overview
The body depends on the liver for a myriad of functions including detoxification, vitamin and mineral storage, the metabolism of protein, fats, carbohydrates and hormones and much more. In fact, the liver performs over 1000 tasks, most of which cannot be done elsewhere in the body.
Liver disease in dogs is a very complex matter. Here are a few facts -
Fortunately the liver is the one organ in the body that has the potential to regenerate. By addressing the underlying cause and meeting nutritional requirements, many dogs are able to recover from liver disease.
- One in 5 dogs will suffer from some sort of liver disorder.
- The causes of liver disease in dogs is diverse and include toxic overload (most common), bacteriological, fungal or viral infections, immune malfunction, physical defect, genetic factors, complications of other disease states and the overuse of certain medications including steroids and possibly vaccines.
- Liver disease can be hard to recognize since many of its symptoms are non-specific and can be attributed to many other conditions. This emphasizes the importance of regular veterinary examinations and home screening.
- The disease may be well advanced before symptoms are detected. Because the liver has the great ability to function on its reserves, over 50% of the tissue may be affected before any signs of disease are present.
- The exact type of liver disease can be difficult to diagnose. There are numerous tests your veterinarian can perform, but the best bet may be a liver biopsy.
- Dietary changes are crucial to recovery and many forms of liver disease respond well to changes in diet coupled with nutritional supplementation.
If your dog has been diagnosed with liver disease, we offer well-researched products and information that give much needed support when your friend needs it most. By following the proper guidelines to liver health and support today, you give your dog the best advantage for the future.
A comprehensive approach for achieving improved liver function and long-term liver health involves proper diet, possible detoxification, reactive and proactive supplementation as well as environmental considerations. Click here to read more.