Understanding liver function is fascinating to me. Yes, I am aware of how weird I am. Seriously though, the liver plays a vital role in the health of your pet. It regulates sugar, protein, and fat entering the blood stream. It filters out toxins from the blood. It creates cholesterol to protect arteries and manufactures hormones. It processes nutrients from food and prepares them for the intestines to absorb. It supports nearly every organ system in the body. When congested with toxins, the liver can effect the function of the gallbladder and pancreas.
The liver is the fastest regenerating organ system in the body. When your Vet tells you your pets’ liver enzymes are high or rising, it means the liver is over taxed. More cells are dying than rejuvenating. This condition can reach a critical state rapidly.
What are some of the causes of liver toxicity? Many things. High glucose producing pet food, excessive vaccinations, drugs, by-products containing virtually no clean protein needed for detoxification, flea treatment, yard chemicals, undisclosed chemicals sprayed on your pet food ingredients prior to manufacturing. These are just a few of the culprits.
Many pets appear to be healthy for several years eating low quality, high carbohydrate pet foods. The problem is over time the liver is collecting and storing toxins until it reaches a critical state. We meet a lot of animals between six and seven years of age with sever liver damage. Here is the good news. There are simple steps you can take allowing the liver to detoxify and regenerate.
1. First, eliminate all toxins currently used if possible.
2. Diet should contain clean, quality meat, free of antibiotics and hormones. As the liver detoxifies, it binds toxins to clean protein and are carried out of the body.
3. Feed a liver detoxifier such as milk thistle or other blended herbs formulated for the liver in order to free stored toxins allowing them to bind to the protein.
4. Feed a quality fiber. This step is critical. When the toxins are released into the bowel, fiber will absorb them assuring they are carried out of the body and not recycled through the blood stream, back into the liver.
There are wonderful effective supplements on the market to assist in this process. Quality products work efficiently, but I do caution to take it easy. You never want to rush a detoxification process. You can make your pet very sick by forcing too many toxins into the blood stream at once. Slow and easy and we usually see the Vet’s test results improve quickly.
Always consult with your veterinarian first.
Murphy’s Pet Food Store, Winter Springs, FL
Pet Food Safety Advocate