Dog Liver Health

Whether you're facing a dog liver health problem or you just want to know what the liver does and how to strengthen it, I’m your girl. What an amazing organ.

What a Healthy Liver Does (Liver Functions)


The liver is part of the hepatic body system. Performing 500 different functions on a daily basis makes it the most metabolically complex organ in the body. Your dog's liver is a warehouse for nutrients and a quality control center for digestion so it needs support!

All blood from the digestive tract is sent to the liver through the hepatic vein. This allows the liver to process nutrients, filter toxins and send some toxins back to the digestive tract through the bile.

In addition to being the body's primary detoxification center, there's more...

Fats

  • Bile made in the liver emulsifies and aids digestion of fats. (Think canine lipoma, or fatty tumor.)
  • Makes cholesterol to transport fats through the body.- LDL cholesterol takes fats to the tissues- HDL cholesterol brings fats back to the liver

Blood

  • The liver acts as a warehouse for the blood
  • Plays a critical role in maintaining blood sugar levels (think dogs with diabetes)

Immune System

  • Part of a dog's immune response
  • Helps protect the body from infection


Let's Talk About Liver Toxins

If there are too many toxins to process, dog liver health declines affecting not only every organ of the body, but every single cell.  I think this is where the bulk of misunderstanding occurs when it comes to toxins.

Most of us go along our merry way thinking because our dog doesn't eat the toilet cleaner, oven cleaner or suck up a can of Raid, he or she is not getting toxins. Not true! Toxins are everywhere and they cause us all to "age" long before our time.

Here's a list of common toxins the liver metabolizes as long as it can:

  •  Pesticides (can be in dog foods and the environment)
  •  Heavy metals (Listed below)
  • Microbial toxins
  • Metabolic byproducts


Foods and Supplements for Dog Liver Health


Here is a partial list of helpful foods:

  • Liver!   Believe it or not, eating a healthy organ  helps repair that organ in our own or our dog’s body.
  • Dandelion greens. Yup, if your yard is fertilizer free, get out there and pick those dandelions. Mix them in your dog's food at meal time. (No more than 10% of their total food.) Some folks are lucky enough to find them in the market.
  • Red beets (Wonderful stuff but boy does it stain. I once put it on my lips for a test and it stayed far longer than any lipstick)
  • Raw green leafy veggies
  • Cabbage family veggies (broccoli and broccoli sprouts, bok choy, mustard greens, collard greens, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, rutabaga, watercress and brussels sprouts) While my dogs historically have eaten every thing I've given them, it's hard to keep organic veggies around all the time

Uh-oh, there's just one thing wrong with this list.

 Aside from the work involved  serving these things to your cuddly canine. . . your dog, my dog and every one else's dog is a carnivore so any vegetable or herbs should be 10% max of their total food intake. And some dogs, just like humans may react to cabbage family goodness with . . .flatulence.



Herbs for the Liver

Herbs are food too!

If you grow your own herbs, here are a few used to increase dog liver health

  • Dandelion (Yes I mention it twice to get your attention, plus I love picking it in the Spring)
  • Parsley
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Yellow Dock
  • Milk Thistle 
  • Burdock

Again, all non meat, fat, bone items should be no more than 10% of your dog's food intake.  So what's the answer?

NSP's Liver Cleanse. Since both Lulu and I take this all the time, I can call it a staple in my home and it's part of the Daily Cleansing Basics you can order through me.

Liver cleanse is a perfect combination of herbs. They are also a food so I don't have to concern myself at all with giving any type of vegetation to my carnivore. And while the name is liver cleanse,  it also builds, increases liver function , helps the immune system and the whole body! How cool is that?

Heavy Metal Poisoning


Here are some heavy metals that we and our dogs get most often, and where we get them.  It happens to all of us.  I've had to do a gentle detox myself for heavy metal accumulation.

Anyway, our dogs can ingest heavy metals through many substances. Cadmium, Mercury, Lead and Arsenic are probably the most prevalent. Rather than give you a long list you will never remember (well, I never do ), let me tell you the most common places these toxic substances are found. Being aware will help you keep everyone you love a bit safer.

Plastics, paint pigments, insecticides, fungicides, commercial fertilizers, cigarettes, motor oil, fuel additives, auto exhaust, wood preservatives, rat poison and drinking water. I personally don’t use insecticides, fungicides or fertilizers.

I filter our drinking water.

The worst offender to me personally (ticks me off) is the mercury in vaccines. Yes! We actually pay someone to inject a heavy metal into our pets. How dumb is that? And it builds up! Talk about vaccine side effects.  Please, if you vaccinate, ask for mercury free vaccines.   This goes for human vaccines too.

In closing let me say ...

Luckily dog liver health can be increased because it is possible for the liver to regenerate. By feeding the body truly nutritious foods and herbs, it can heal itself and maintain a much higher level of health ever single day.

Following my A, B, C formula works for all of us!  Just remember Activate, Build, Cleanse


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