We tend to neglect parts of our body when they are functioning well. It’s only when we feel things go wrong that we start paying attention. Well, the same can be said of our pet dogs. We assume they are happy and healthy because they are not displaying symptoms of any disease. It’s only when they are not behaving normally as they should when we start to wonder what could be wrong with them.
The liver, just like in humans, is an important part of your dog’s body. Keeping it healthy is essential for their wellbeing. The problem is that we normally don’t think about potential problems, but it is to our benefit and our pets if we do things that protect it now to prevent problems in the future.
Your precious four-legged friend is exposed to a lot of toxins from vaccinations to the cleaning products found in your home. Sadly, your dog can even be exposed to toxins in products used by your neighbor. As such, the best way to minimize contact with your own dog is to start at home by switching to more natural alternatives.
Symptoms of Liver Issues
These are the common signs of trouble looming for your dog’s liver. Keep a close watch on your dog and see if they exhibit any of the signs. If they do, it’s always best to see your vet to find out what’s wrong.
- Irritable or aggressive behavior
- Digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea
- Dry and brittle nails
- Heat on the head
- Eye issues such as discharge or more serious ones like retinal disorders
- Sinus problems
Preventing Liver Problems
One of the best ways to protect your dog’s liver is to make sure they have a healthy diet. There are a couple of food items that are good for the liver:
- Dandelions. Yes, the flower that normally blooms during spring. However, it’s not the bloom itself that you need but the leaves. Specifically, the young leaves as the ones that appear with buds tend to be bitter. You don’t even need to do anything special with the leaves; just chop them up and add them to whatever you’re feeding your pooch.
- Raw foods. These are the best ones for liver support. Make sure that your furry pal has a regular intake of raw food.
- Sprouts. This can include alfalfa, radish or clover.
- Greens. In particular, go for the sprig vegetables such as asparagus, celery, spinach and broccoli rabe.
- Liver. Feed your dog beef, chicken or lamb liver. If possible, buy items that are organic or come from grass-fed animals.
- Dairy. These include butter, cream, yogurt and sour cream. Again, these items should come preferably from pasture-raised animals.
- Fermented foods.
Although diet plays an important role in maintaining liver health, taking your dog out for walks is another cost-effective way of keeping them healthy. Going for daily walks stimulates the liver plus, it’s good for you too!