What is liver disease in dogs?

The liver is a busy little filter and its malfunction can be fatal for pets. When toxins aren’t being removed efficiently from the blood, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, fatty-looking stools and diarrhoea will usually be the first symptoms you’ll see.

But not every case of liver failure is untreatable, and holistic healthcare has saved the lives of many dogs and cats that Vets may have given up on. Liver disease is a serious matter, and you should always consult with your Vet when embarking on any new treatment – but the following complementary therapies just might save your best friend:

Nutritional therapy

  • Begin with a short fast to let the digestive system detox. Give filtered water, not tap water, which may contain impurities.
  • Improve the diet and give large doses of Vitamin C along with raw shredded carrot in the food.
  • Reduce fat, and improve protein quality – feed only fresh, human grade foods to an animal with liver disease.
  • Include a Probiotic supplement or Kefir to the diet. You can also add some Apple Cider Vinegar, as well as Brewer’s Yeast for Vitamin B.

Herbs

Most pooches lap up liver cleansing teas such as FoodiePooch Detox Tea, containing Milk Thistle, Dandelion and Burdock Root.

Massage

Canine Myofunctional Therapy can encourage detoxification and healing as well as make your pet feel great.

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