Liver disease is a common illness among all the dog breeds. Dogs which have liver disease would be water-demanding, unwilling to eat and depressed. If it is too late to realize the problem, it may even escalate to brain illnesses or Cirrhosis.
Let’s look into the 4 potential problems damaging the liver:
- Biliary problems: Liver and biliary are co-related. Biliary obstruction, cholangitis, biliary hepatitis, gallstones, abnormal bile circulation, bile retention, all may lead to chronic liver disease.
- Over-accumulation of copper in the body: Excessive intake of copper will increase the burden of liver. Environmental pollution, or high level of copper content in commercial dog foods are samples of reasons leading to copper accumulation.
- Poisoning: It is difficult to avoid all kinds of chemicals at home, such as bleach and cigarettes. Flea products, medications, tick prevention etc may also contain toxins.
- Cholesterol: Pay attention to fatty liver problem caused by cholesterol, especially for the dogs which are obese.