The liver is the organ that participates in all vital processes.
It helps to purify the blood, eliminate harmful substances from the body, take part in digestion.
Because of its involvement in various functions of the body, this organ is capable of undergoing a variety of diseases.
As studies show, about 3% of diseases in dogs are associated with liver function.
Diseases of the liver in dogs: causes
The liver performs many functions and interactsWith different processes that occur in the dog's body. Therefore, this body is subject to the negative impact of various factors, among which is the following:
- bacterial infection-
- improper feeding-
- abuse of vaccines-
- Harmful substances of the environment.
Symptoms of liver disease in dogs:
- loss of appetite and periodic vomiting, diarrhea or constipation-
- frequent urination and excessive thirst-
- chronic weight loss-
- lethargy and decreased activity-
- swollen abdomen due to fluid accumulation-
- yellow color of eyeballs and gum-
- pain in the abdomen-
- changes in behavior, for example, aimless walking and spinning-
- urine of orange color because of the increased level of bilirubin, since bile is not properly processed-
- feces have a pale gray color.
Diseases of the liver in dogs: treatment
Although the symptoms of liver disease areInsignificant, timely treatment may well save the dog's life, because the liver is the only organ that is capable of complete regeneration. At the first suspicions on problems with health of an animal it is necessary to address for the qualified help to the veterinarian.
A change in diet should provide educationEnergy and nutrients that are needed to improve the regeneration of liver cells. In dietary nutrition includes digestible carbohydrates, for example, Fig. In addition, eggs are needed. For dogs that eat dry food, it is better to give special dietary food. The daily ration should be divided into 4-6 small portions.
Since the functions of the liver include cleavageComplex chemicals, reduce the load on it will reduce the consumption of chemical preservatives and artificial additives. From eating a dog suffering from liver disease, you need to exclude sugar, chocolate, bones and tomatoes. The daily intake of mineral supplements and vitamins can be very useful. However, it is worth remembering that changes in the diet of the dog should be based on the diagnosis, and it is better to discuss them with the treating veterinarian.
If the liver disease was caused by a bacterialInfection, the doctor prescribes antibiotics. If there are more serious problems, such as anemia or cancer, additional medical care is needed.
Sometimes in the treatment of a sick liver in dogs alsoHomeopathic treatment, as well as herbal medicine, can be applied. Some of the natural remedies can repair damaged liver cells, help in detoxification of the blood. When hepatitis A in the dog's water, it is useful to add various infusions and decoctions of herbs - alternatives, sage leaves, oregano, chamomile, licorice, fruits of blueberries.
A dog suffering from liver disease should lead a calm and measured lifestyle, not overwork and not be nervous.
To prevent liver disease in dogs, you need to monitor the quality of feed. The nutrition of the animal must be balanced.