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Preventing and Helping Liver Issues & Diseases in Dogs with Herbs

Liver Issues & Diseases in Dogs

Seeing our four-legged best friend happy and healthy is a dog owners’ top priority. While there are some practices, we will cover that can promote overall positive health and organ function, sometimes, despite our best efforts and caring ways, health problems may still arise. Liver issues and or diseases in dogs are sometimes one of those things, but Doggie Herbs is here to provide you with all you need to know. 

Liver Issues & Diseases in Dogs

Just as we humans have a liver to effectively break down, balance and create nutrients, as well as metabolize substances into forms that are easier and nontoxic to use for the rest of our body, our dogs’ liver does the same work for them. 

Preventing Liver Issues & Diseases within Dogs

Being conscious and knowledgeable about liver health in dogs can help us establish practices that promote healthy liver function in our four-legged friend. The vets on WebMD outline that being aware of your dog’s diet and exposure to potential substances are critical steps to preventing liver problems. Fatty foods can be heavy and difficult on the liver leading to issues. Likewise, keeping a close eye on your dog as they roam unfamiliar areas helps prevent the possibility of them ingesting poisonous plants or insects that can also cause liver harm.  

Staying up-to-date on yearly exams and vaccinations, through your veterinary office, can help catch liver disease early, resulting in minor changes that can prevent or slow the process from these issues becoming severe. These check-ups are critical as liver disease can be triggered by a plethora of other health issues your vet can detect. Additionally, having open and honest conversations with your vet about any drugs or supplements your dog may be taking is critical in ensuring they are safe for their liver. 

When liver function is impaired in any way, due to illness or disease, a domino effect of health problems can begin.

Signs & Symptoms

As with any disease, early detection is critical for the best outcome. Here are the warning signs and symptoms of liver problems to keep an eye out for in your dog, according to the Vale Veterinary Clinic:

  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Weight loss 
  • Changes to water intake (more or less)
  • Vomiting 
  • Shaking 
  • Digestive issues (constipation, gas, bloating)

Keep in mind that symptoms of a liver issues will vary based on the type of illness or disease, as well as the cause behind the struggles. Symptoms also do not automatically mean an illness or disease is present. Should you witness symptoms in your dog, your next step should be to visit a vet for further diagnostic and suggested care or treatment. 

Care & Treatment 

If your dog shows symptoms of liver problems, your vet is likely to suggest one or more of the following diagnostic practices in order to provide a full, detailed diagnosis: 

  • Blood tests 
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy [removal of small tissue sample for testing]

Following a diagnosis of liver disfunction, many different treatment routes may be taken depending upon the dogs:

  • Age
  • General Health
  • Severity of Condition 
  • Underlying Conditions

With these factors considered, the vet will suggest a treatment and care plan that would be most suited for your dog, which may include:

  • Diet changes
  • Supplements 
  • Antibiotics (if it’s diagnosed as an infection)
  • Surgery (for tumors and or cysts)

Another medicinal suggestion that may be included in their treatment is medicinal mushrooms and herbs

Medicinal Herbs

Medicinal mushrooms and herbs can be used to treat and prevent diseases, while simultaneously promoting better general health as well. It’s important to be aware and knowledgeable about these substances as some can be toxic and even deadly to dogs. Wondering which types of mushrooms and herbs are safe and healthy for your dog? Which are best at promoting positive liver function and health? Doggie Herbs has you covered:

Milk Thistle: This herb is common in Western herbalism and is commonly known to help with liver ailments. Not only does this herb work energetically with the liver, but studies show that it can reverse and repair liver damage when use in high concentrations.

Yi Mu Cao/Motherwort: Motherwort increases circulation which is always a benefit. The herb helps the whole liver and gallbladder function properly and effectively, and gets rid of masses and swelling or any type of water accumulation (edema). It can also work as a detox agent.

Huang Qin / Chinese Skullcap Scuttelaria: Not only does this herb positively affect the liver directly, but it’s one of the best detoxing herbs out there, according to Chinese Medicine.

Dong Quai / Dang Gui / Chinese Angelica: Known by many names, this ‘queen of womens herbs’ has been proven to help the body produce high quality blood and increases circulation, to help this fresh healing blood get around in the body. Since it’s the liver that’s producing and storing the doggies blood, use of this herb is a no brainer! 

Chai Hu / Buplerum: Buplerum is a powerful liver herb used in Chinese Medicine and is used to ‘awaken’ the liver. This results in the liver working more efficiently and self detoxing itself and staying active.

Where does one acquire such herbs though, you may be wondering? Thankfully Doggie Herbs offers a supplement that includes all the above-mentioned herbs in one simple container! 

Liver Revive-Dog Liver Health Supplement is an easy to mix powder that hosts a plant-based liver formula featuring key herbs to promote liver health. This no fuss mixing powder allows dog owners a simple way to add additional and important health components to your dog’s life and diet without a hassle. 

Whether you begin feeding your dog medicinal herbs as a liver treatment, or to promote better overall health, there are inevitable benefits! Take the guess work out of shopping for and serving such herbs to your dog by using Doggie HerbsLiver Revive-Dog Liver Health Supplement.

Be sure to always consult your veterinarian for further information and guidance with regards to your dog’s liver health and treatment.