Is Your Dog
Author, Noelle, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
Did you know that certain breeds of dogs are more likely to develop liver disease than others? Breeds such as the Golden Retriever, Labrador retriever, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, Cairn terrier as well as other specific breeds are all more likely to develop liver disease over the span of their life. Why is this important? Liver disease is one of the most highly encountered diseases by dogs and includes many hidden causes.
Your dog’s liver is not only large in size but its job is largely important, too! Your dog’s liver is responsible for more than 500 specific yet, highly diverse, processes. Many people know that the liver removes waste, toxins and impurities from the blood stream. The liver, literally, filters poisons. However, the liver is also responsible for other jobs such as regulating body temperature, aiding with digestion and metabolism. It doesn’t end there either. The liver also holds onto and redistributes food, vitamins, and nutrients throughout the body. Your dog’s liver is one of his most important organs! I bet you’re surprised – we were too!
So what causes liver disease in dogs?
Due to the many functions of the liver, there are many causes of liver disease. While non-exhaustive, here’s a list of some of the causes of liver disease in dogs.
- Viral and bacterial infections
- Long term use of medications such as: antibiotics, diuretics, corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
- Blunt force trauma/Injury
- Chemicals such as flea and tick products, pesticides, herbicides and lead
- Chronic Hepatitis
- Prolonged exposure to the sun/heatstroke
- Heart Disease
- Cushings Disease
As a pet parent, it’s imperative to detect the signs of liver disease in the earliest possible stages. Doing so will present the best prognosis for your beloved dog. The signs tend to be subtle so you must pay close attention and take action if you notice any of these early signs of liver disease:
- Excessive urination
- Weight loss
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Rashes and/or acne
- Loss of appetite
Treating liver disease may seem quite complicated and it can be depending on how advanced the disease is and how much damage has been done. However once the cause of liver disease in your dog has been detected, that underlying, or accompanying illness, will be treated. When conventional methods fail, all hope is not lost as there are some natural remedies that are out there. As always, it is best to enlist the services of a doctor who is a proponent of holistic medicine or one that will use a combination of both holistic and conventional medicinal therapies while treating your dog. Remember, prompt treatment will always give your dog the best chances of healing especially when it comes to one of the most important organs in his body.
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