The Importance of your Pet's Liver
The liver plays an important role in your pet’s health. It also is a key factor in your pets immune system, as 70-80% of the immunity comes from the digestive tract and the liver is an accessory organ to this.
There are said to be at least 500 functions that the liver does, below we have listed just some of the most important:
- Bile production and excretion – bile aids digestion by helping the digestive track break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates
- Metabolise bilirubin, the waste product from red blood cells, the liver helps to excrete it from the body
- Blood clotting – the bile the liver produces is essential for the absorption of Vitamin K, which is an important factor to help the blood clot
- Metabolises carbohydrates which are stored in the liver and turned into glucose to help the body maintain good glucose levels and also released when the body need energy quickly.
- Processes fat and protein making them more digestible
- Storage of vitamins and minerals – A, D, E, K, B12, Iron and Copper. The liver stores iron ready to help make new red blood cells
- Blood filtration – the liver filters and removes compounds from the blood such as hormones, drugs and toxins
- Immune function – the liver contains Kupffer cells that activate the immune system to fight and destroy any pathogens that enter through the gut system
- Produces albumin which is the most common protein in blood serum
The liver is the only visceral (internal) organ in the body that can regenerate. As long as it has 25 percent of the original organ, it can regrow back to its original size over a matter of weeks and still carry out its amazing functions. But the liver does need to be healthy to keep functioning properly.
How to keep yours pets liver healthy
- Diet – at Natural Pet we like natural diets, raw is best, but there are many good natural produced diets out there.
- Try to use natural over synthetic, all substances you put on or in your pet have to be processed by the liver, these include flea and worming treatments, shampoos and creams, steroids, antibiotics or drugs, so natural is better.
- Keeping them away from chemicals – any chemicals that you are using or spraying around your property including roundup can be very toxic to your pets, whether it is inhaled or contacted via the skin. (We can help if you think your pet has been exposed to roundup).
- Keeping your pet well exercised and stress free will help with overall health and liver function.
- Give them a detox and cleanse once a year to keep the liver in top functioning order.
Signs to look out for
If your pet’s liver is not functioning as it should, then there are a few clear indicators:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Lethargic and sluggish
- Soft or grey stools
(But these are just indicators and can also indicate other health problems, so you should get them checked out by your vet)
Natural Remedies that can help
We currently have two remedies in the Tagiwig range that were designed to detox, cleanse and help the liver function.
Liver Tonic – our herbal and homeopathic blend, the herbs include milk thistle, dandelion and meadowsweet, the top herbal remedies used to assist the liver. A blend of the best homeopathic remedies that support the liver including -Berberis vulgaris and Chelidonium.
Liver Tonic (Hom) – our homeopathic only blend, the same as our Liver Tonic above but without the herbal content.
You can use either of the above remedies if your pet has elevated liver enzymes, liver problems or just for a yearly cleanse.
Posted: Wed 02 Sep 2020