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Canine Liver Disease, A Little Knowledge Could Save Your Dogs Life
Canine liver disease is the 5th leading cause of non-accidental death amongst man�s best friend. Just having a little knowledge of this common, but little written about condition, could save the life of your family pet.
When my West Highland Terrier Joe was diagnosed with a liver condition, I found to my angst that much of his suffering could have been avoided had I known the signs to look for and steps that I could have taken early on to aid his full recovery. Fortunately Joe is now, thanks to a few simple changes in his lifestyle, back on track to being the bouncy little scamp he was prior to his diagnosis.
Simply put, liver disease is a general term used to describe any medical disorder of the liver. The liver is responsible for removing toxins from your dog�s bloodstream and can amazingly still perform this function with up to 75-80% of it affected by disease. The downside of this incredible statistic is that damage is consequently well advanced by the time many diagnoses are made.
Common Causes of liver disease in dogs include:
� Exposure to high levels of toxic chemicals such as insecticides, lead, phosphorus and iron
Common symptoms of liver disease in dogs include:
� Jaundice � Eyes, Gums and skin turn a yellowy color
Diet plays a major part in allowing your dogs liver to regenerate itself, as it is the liver that processes your pet�s food and drink intake.
Foods to be avoided to keep your dogs liver healthy include sugar, chocolate, fried or grilled meat and bones, onion, red and green peppers and tomatoes.
Fresh distilled water is preferable to tap water.
It is also a good tip to use stainless steel food and drinking bowls instead of plastic ones.
I wrote this article with the intention of informing as many people as possible about canine liver disease. I am amazed at the response that i have received from dog owners worldwide and am pleased to add that many have mailed me some interesting dog diet tips that have proven successful in promoting better health in their pets.
It is of course your local Veterinary expert that should carry out the necessary tests and diagnose liver disease in your dog, but by being aware of the common symptoms and actively checking your pet you can play a part in making sure that treatment can begin a soon as possible.
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