Do you have any idea how animals develop liver disease?
If not, we hope that this will be a helpful guide in understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this serious medical condition.
Unfortunately, signs of liver disease in dogs are not easy to detect. The liver is an important body organ as it is designed to detoxify the blood, manufacture proteins to relieve blood clotting, store glycogen and nutrients, produce acids for normal digestion, and metabolize energy sources.
Imagine the negative effects it will bring once your dog’s liver ceases to function properly.
To understand more about the causes and symptoms of liver disease, check out the following:
· It’s easy to know if your pet is sick.
However, signs of liver disease aren’t as obvious as other medical conditions.
One common way to know if your pet has liver disease is jaundice. If his skin and eyes appear to be yellow, that’s a telltale sign that your dog is having problems with his liver.
· Depending if the condition is chronic or acute, symptoms will vary in dogs.
Usually, those dogs who are sick in the liver will vomit, feel lethargic, become anorexic, have problems in clotting, and may have fever.
· Since the liver mainly detoxifies the body, diarrhea and vomiting is experienced.
This happens when your dog’s liver is filled with toxins. To help eliminate the toxins, your poor pet will vomit and poop abnormally.
· For advanced liver problem, bloated stomach is visible in your dog.
It may come with acute illness and not eating just like before. To prevent worsening of liver disease, it’s important to give your pooch regular medical tests.
Liver disease includes toxicity, autoimmune and congenital conditions, and infection. Good thing there’s no identified breed that is most prone to this condition.
According to experts, the best way to prevent liver disease in canines is to do away with toxins and prescriptions that can possibly damage the liver.
Healthy diet and exercise can help you keep your four-legged buddy from diseases. Regularly give them fresh water, whole foods, and only prescribed medications. Other than that, you’re good to have a lasting, healthy relationship with your pooch.
The key here is that, the lesser the toxins you feed your dog the lower chances he will develop liver damage. That’s because the liver won’t have to work too much to filter toxins coming inside the body.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The first step when diagnosing a dog for liver disease is blood testing. Next is performing an ultrasound to get a clearer diagnosis. The biopsy will show the final results.
Treatments depend on your dog’s diagnosis. Common treatments include bile thinners, liver supplements, vitamins, and antibiotics.
Good news for pet parents whose dogs currently suffer from mild liver damage, it can still be cured. Being a regenerative organ, the liver can be fixed with proper treatment and diet.
So if you’re helping your pooch to recover from liver disease, then start by feeding him with healthy food and water daily.