Curing Dog Liver Disease at Home
A regular health care program for your pet dog with religious follow up on vaccinations and de-worming medications combined with a healthy diet and frequent exercises does not mean that your dog will never fall ill. Diseases can occur even in best cared pets and one such condition is liver disease in canines.
Liver is an important glandular organ secreting bile, an alkaline medium that aids in the digestion process. Bile is passed into the stomach to disperse and absorb fat. It also causes important changes in many of the substances found in blood. This is also the first organ in the digestive tract to come in contact with toxins or harmful chemicals ingested by your pet dog.
Liver disease in canines can appear in the form of hepatitis, cirrhosis, yellow skin, or end-stage liver disease. The first giveaway sign is drinking and urinating more often. As the disease progresses this is accompanied by weight loss, loss of appetite, intermittent vomiting or chronic diarrhea. With liver functions impaired accumulation of bile in blood and tissues occur. The white of the eyes, gums and tongue, and inside of the ears will display a yellow hue. Liver in canines has a monstrous reserve and regenerative capabilities and hence any form of liver disease will be well advanced before symptoms are visible.
Poor diet, over-vaccinations, high dose prescription medications; or environmental toxins may be the reason behind canines developing this disease condition.
When tests performed confirm that your pet dog has a liver condition, the first step recommended by experts is feeding your dog with a diet that helps in healing the liver. High quality proteins that come from plant source like soy, wheat and dairy products are better tolerated than meat proteins by dogs with a liver condition; but then too much of lactose-high dairy products can result in diarrhea. So it is recommended to combine minimal animal based proteins along with plant base for canines. White, low-fat fish has amino acid content that helps in healing liver of canines. Soy and cottage cheese that is fat-free also contain this specific amino acid, but these dairy products can be given once the liver is restored to its normal state. Soluble and insoluble dietary fiber in moderate amounts is also recommended. Insoluble fiber helps in preventing constipation and binds any toxins present in their system.
In addition to this supplements and vitamins should also be given to improve the health of your canine’s liver. Vitamin A, B, C, water-soluble vitamin E, and vitamin K are necessary to maintain a canine’s liver. Zinc supplements must also be provided as it acts as an anti-oxidant. Milk thistle herbal supplement in recommended doses also is known to heal canine liver abnormalities. Silymarin, a component of milk thistle, helps with toxicity and removal of free radicals from your pet dog’s system.
The following is a recipe meant to cleanse liver in dogs.
You will need 2 cups poached fish – any of the low fat fish variety; 1-1/2 cup each white and sweet potatoes; 1-1/2 cup zucchini; and 1-1/2 cup celery.
Peel the potatoes, wash the zucchini and celery, cut into pieces and steam until tender. Mix these with poached fish well and divide into portion sizes normally given to your dog. This blend can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days at a stretch.
The recipe below can be followed to feed your dog with a liver condition.
Combine 220 g of boiled chicken breast with skin, 680 g of cooked rice, boiled carrots 60 g, wheat bran 20 g, and 20 g rapeseed oil.
Feed your dog with this in small amounts several times a day. Ensure your pet dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean water. Your goal should be to give your pet maximum nutrition without stressing his weak liver until adequate liver function is restored. Involve your vet and plan out a management strategy to help your pet dog recover successfully.