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This group is no longer active other than for files/links. If support is needed
please join the Liver-d Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/canineliver-d/info. They will be able to assist you on a daily basis.

Liver diseases range from chronic active hepatitis to active hepatitis, copper storage diseases to inflammatory hepatic disease. Some breeds of dogs are more prone to specific types of liver disease, but any dog can be affected. Vaccinations, medications, poor diet also seem to contribute.

Liver disease can go undetected for years, and in many cases is only noticed when 'surgery' is scheduled for dental work, spay/neuter or other medical procedure. Yearly blood panels can detect changes in liver enyzmes such as elevated ALKP or ALT.

Identifying the cause of liver disease however, can be more difficult. An ultrasound exam (non-invasive) will provide more information about the condition of the liver, the amount of cirrhosis, if any. Bioposies should be avoided since anesthesia can cause FURTHER damage and probably will not change the treatment options.

MILK THISTLE is used to help cleanse the liver of toxic materials and should be started if liver enzymes are elevated. SAM-E is another supplement that can help bring liver enzymes back to a normal level.

DIET is also important when treating liver disease. Small frequent meals of high quality protein are recommended. Dr. Jean Dodds has formulated a diet specifically for liver dogs.

Cirrhosis is considered end stage of liver disease because the damage to the liver is irreversible, but with the proper nutrition and supplements you beloved pet can continue to live pain free for months, even years.

This group is NOT meant to replace or provide veterinary care, but to share information that has helped keep our pets comfortable. Please consult your holistic vet for more information.

We wish you well as you endeavor to care for your beloved pets.

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  • Jan 10, 2004
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