Hepatitis in dogs - Symptoms and treatment


Hepatitis in dogs It is similar to that of humans. It is a liver inflammation, but depending on what causes it, we talk about different types of hepatitis. In this article you will discover everything about canine hepatitis, both the types and causes and the symptoms, treatments and prevention.

Types of hepatitis in dogs

As we mentioned, hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. The causes may be different, so there are also different varieties of hepatitis in dogs:

  • Common hepatitis: caused by poisoning, either by toxic products as such or as a side effect of an aggressive liver medication. Normally it only shows symptoms when the condition is severe.
  • Autoimmune hepatitis: the dog's own immune system reacts against liver cells (hepatocytes) because it confuses them with pathogens.
  • Infectious hepatitis: caused by canine adenovirus type 1, a very contagious viral disease. Most cases occur in dogs under one year old.

All of them are treatable, although they can be fatal if the condition is too serious, in addition to running the risk of the injuries becoming chronic.

Hepatitis symptoms in dogs

Whatever the cause of hepatitis in a dog, being the same disease the symptoms are common to the three variants:

  • Be persistent
  • Abdominal pain, can even paralyze the dog
  • Jaundice: eyes and mucous membranes turn yellowish
  • Fever
  • Subcutaneous edema
  • Lack of appetite
  • Tearing and mucus>

Severe liver damage they can leave sequels even after the disease has been cured. If you see symptoms of hepatitis in your dog, go to the emergency veterinarian! Don't wait for them to appear more or get worse.

Hepatitis treatment in dogs

Treatment for a dog with hepatitis depends on the type of disease.

  • In common hepatitis will seek to alleviate the symptoms and eliminate the risk factor That caused the disease.
  • In hepatitis autoinmnune, in addition to symptomatic treatment can be added if an immunomodulator treatment is necessary to restore defenses.
  • Infectious hepatitis has no cure. Symptoms are alleviated and medications are administered to avoid secondary infections, in addition to adapting the lifestyle to this condition of the dog.

Remember that The veterinarian is the only one trained to diagnose and treat hepatitis in dogs, as well as any other disease. Do not treat your dog on your own or rely on alternative therapies! Your health is at stake.

However, it is clear that prevention is the best. In cases of common and autoimmune hepatitis, you will avoid it if your dog leads a healthy and active lifestyle. For infectious hepatitis there are vaccines.

One more thing: keep in mind that your dog will always need care and affection! Feeling loved will make you happy and help you get through the disease.

How canine hepatitis is produced

The anatomy of dogs is not so different from that of humans and those vital organs for us are also of vital importance to our pet, as is the case with the liver. The liver is essential for organic balance of our pet since it is involved in the metabolism, seeks the adequate elimination of different toxins, stores energy, synthesizes proteins, produces bile and participates in the assimilation of nutrients.

Canine hepatitis is produced by aliver inflammation, which may be caused by poor diet or repeated exposure to different toxins, which progressively affects the liver and can cause chronic damage.

When liver damage has affected the functions of this important organ, we can observe serious signs that indicate a malfunction no longer of the liver, but of the whole organism.

Types of canine hepatitis

Hepatitis in dogs can have different causes and depending on the origin of it we will be faced with one type of hepatitis or another:

  • Common hepatitis: It is one that causes a liver inflammation due to exposure of the organism to toxic substances and medications that are capable of causing liver damage. Symptoms occur when the damage caused is severe.
  • Autoimmune hepatitis: It is produced by a reaction of the dog's own immune system that attacks hepatocytes (liver cells) because it confuses them with pathogens. This type of hepatitis is also known as autoimmune liver disease.
  • Infectious hepatitis: The inflammation of the liver is caused by canine adenovirus type I, it is a viral and acute disease that is spread through urine, contaminated water or contaminated objects. It mainly affects dogs under 1 year and the course of the disease usually ranges between 5-7 days, before an improvement occurs. This disease is also known as Rybarth hepatitis.

Infectious hepatitis usually has a good prognosis as long as the dog does not have an over-acute form, in this case, it can die within a few hours, in the case of common or autoimmune hepatitis the prognosis will depend on each case although the lesions will be chronicled.

The importance of high quality feed

When the furry is sick (and, in reality, always) he must be given a high quality feed in the case of not being able to opt for other more natural diets, such as Yum or Summum Diet. These feeds are rich in proteins of animal origin, and since they do not have cereals or by-products, the risk of worsening is minimalIn fact, it would only happen if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

It could be compared with, for example, the food that a person should take when they are sick. We would not give hamburgers every day, because although they are rich in carbohydrates and give a lot of energy, the body needs other minerals and nutrients to recover that this food does not have or has very low amounts.

What should a dog with hepatitis eat?

Given what has been said so far, I think a hairy man with hepatitis has to be low in fat and very digestive. In addition, they must contain antioxidants, carbohydrates and natural anti-inflammatories, such as omega 3 acid.

By last, It is important that the main ingredient (meat) is low in sodium and fat, so it is recommended that it be chicken or turkey.

Thus, little by little your friend's liver will recover.

Symptoms of canine hepatitis

Remember that in any case we are facing an inflammation of the liver, so regardless of the cause, the Hepatitis symptoms in dogs They are as follows:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and mucous membranes)
  • Blood in the mucous membranes
  • Abdominal pain that can lead to immobility
  • Fever
  • Seizures due to liver failure
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased nasal and ocular secretion
  • Vomiting
  • Subcutaneous edema

A dog with hepatitis does not have to show all the exposed symptoms, so if there is any sign that indicates possible hepatitis, we should go to the veterinarian urgently.

Canine hepatitis treatment

The hepatitis treatment in dogs It will depend on the factor that caused the pathology.

  • In common hepatitis the treatment will be symptomatic but it must also meet the objective of modulating those factors that have caused liver damage.
  • In autoimmune hepatitis the treatment will also be symptomatic although the veterinarian will assess the possible prescription of an immunomodulatory medication that acts specifically on the defense system preventing liver damage.
  • In the case of infectious or viral hepatitis, the treatment is also symptomatic since there is no cure, antibiotics can be used to control secondary infections, isotonic solutions to prevent dehydration, liver protectors and hypoproteic diet.

It is the veterinarian who should indicate a hypoproteic diet, although this is beneficial in all three cases of hepatitis, since in the presence of abundant protein the liver is overloaded. Remember that Only the veterinarian is the trained professional to prescribe any type of treatment to your pet.

Hepatitis prevention in dogs

To prevent common and autoimmune hepatitis it is important for our dog to enjoy good health and maximum quality of life, for this we must provide a balanced meal that covers all your nutritional requirements, enough affection and enough exercise outdoors, all this will help your body to maintain balance more easily.

In the case of infectious hepatitis, the vaccination It is the most effective prevention tool, we have several options:

  • Multipurpose serum: Prevents in the short term and is recommended when the start of the vaccination program has not yet been possible
  • Vaccine with inactivated virus: Two doses are required and the protection period ranges from 6 to 9 months
  • Attenuated virus vaccine: Only one dose is required and the protection is as effective as it lasts

Check with your veterinarian since he will be the one to indicate what type of prevention is best suited for your pet.

This article is purely informative, at we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.

If you want to read more articles similar to Hepatitis in dogs - Symptoms and treatment, we recommend you go to our Other health problems section.

Infectious hepatitis in dogs

As the name implies, it is a type of hepatitis that It is spread by a virus called Adenovirus. This liver virus is spread by contact with other infected dogs, or by contact with their toys or feces, including urine.

When the virus comes into contact with a healthy dog, it spreads through its body and begins to attack the liver little by little. So the symptoms of infectious hepatitis can be confused with many other diseases, misleading owners and veterinarians.

Protecting our dog against infectious hepatitis is really simple, since there are vaccines for it. We just have to go to the vet and vaccinate our dog against this type of hepatitis. Preferably from puppies, an annual souvenir vaccine will be necessary.

Autoimmune hepatitis in dogs

This type of hepatitis in dogs is not spread through a virus, but It is generated by the dog's own organism. Without really knowing the reasons why it originates, the dog's immune system confuses healthy dog ​​liver cells with harmful cells.

In this way, the dog's own immune system begins to attack his own liver thinking it is a danger. This causes the liver starts to get sick and stop working, causing autoimmune hepatitis.

There is no way to prevent this hepatitis in our dog, since it is unknown what are the reasons why the dog's body confuses its own cells. We can simply start with the treatment indicated by the veterinarian to combat it.

Common hepatitis in dogs

It is the type of hepatitis most widespread in the animal world, most dogs with hepatitis suffer from this type of disease. Common hepatitis is caused by the intake of toxins that affect the liver, such as harmful bacteria, fungi, inappropriate medications and even poor quality food.

Any toxin that enters the dog's body is normally blocked by the liver, so an excess of toxins can cause the liver to work excessively, even suturing it.

Common hepatitis in dogs It is the easiest to deal with and the one with the highest recovery expectations. With proper medication and a balanced diet the dog will begin to improve in a very short time.

Symptoms of hepatitis in a dog

The problem with this disease is that it is not visible and its symptoms are often confused on many occasions with other diseases of lesser danger. In this way, hepatitis continues to progress and the dog is getting worse, despite believing that it is being cured of another wrongly diagnosed disease.

Hepatitis directly affects the dog's liver, regardless of the type. The symptoms that we will notice in a dog with problems and liver are:

    Lack of appetite, vomiting and / or diarrhea. Inapetence, decay, lack of energy. Abdominal pain and possible abdominal inflammation. Fever. Swollen glands in the throat. Tremors, lack of coordination. Anorexia and / or blue eye syndrome.

We must be careful not to confuse the typical bluish eye syndrome in hepatitis with cataracts or reflexes in the cornea, as they could lead to confusion. Not all dogs with hepatitis show their blue eyes.

How is hepatitis detected in a dog?

To reach a diagnosis, the veterinarian will resort to performing different tests such as the following:

    Blood test: when the liver is damaged, the enzymes that are related to it are altered so that we can detect them by analyzing a blood sample. In addition, an analytical allows us to know the general state of the animal. Ultrasound: They allow to obtain an image of the liver and observe if it presents lesions. CT scans: They are advanced diagnostic imaging procedures that can provide us with good information, but they have the disadvantage that they are not always accessible in veterinary medicine. Biopsy: It is the only test that would allow a definitive diagnosis. It consists of extracting a fragment of the liver to study in the laboratory.

How to cure hepatitis in dogs? Treatments

There is no specific medication that directly cures hepatitis, so hepatitis treatment is to improve symptoms and relieve the liver so that it begins to recover.

For infectious hepatitis we must treat the dog with a certain antibiotic that the veterinarian will prescribe depending on the severity, age and progression of the disease in the dog. In conjunction with other symptomatic medications to promote recovery.

For common hepatitis the veterinarian will prescribe the necessary medications so that our dog does not suffer pain and its recovery is progressive. Normally accompanied by a strict diet of high quality, which makes the liver work little.

Autoimmune hepatitis will also need the administration of corticosteroids to stop the attack of the immune system against the dog's liver. In this case, everything depends on the state of the dog itself and its energy to fight the disease, which with the help of corticosteroids and other medications will help the dog overcome hepatitis.

Appetite problems

If your dog has little appetite you can try to heat the food to room temperature or a little more, try to feed in small quantities several times a day, if this does not work, your dog may need to be fed forcefully with a syringe or tube of feeding. Your dog also has to be getting enough fluids, if your dog is not drinking fluids on his own, he may need intravenous or subcutaneous serum administration to prevent dehydration.

Author: Cathy Doggins

57 comments on “Diet for dogs with liver disease”

Hello Eva!! very good article. I would like to ask you a question I have a 9 year old female boxer who was diagnosed with liver cancer a couple of weeks ago ... and I am really worried ... they gave him a hepatic protector and a diuretic, to eat raw meat as much as he wants, lots of water, and always balanced food available ... until now everything at face value. but he hasn't eaten for two days ... What can I give him. He has lost a lot of weight.
help please .. thanks

Hi Rodolfo, you should go to a good veterinarian, I can not help you, but I recommend that you speak with a veterinarian nutritionist specializing in natural food.

Hello, see if you can help me I have a dog with acute liver disease I am giving him the Royal Canin liver feed but he is allergic to chicken to cow and wheat and has horrible itching, there is some liver feed that does not carry these ingredients .I'm very distressed THANKS

Hello Elisa, because feeling it very much I cannot give you this answer quickly ... 🙁 I will have to investigate a little, what you can do is a homemade diet, designed by a clear veterinarian 🙂 I can provide you with some contact.
Give me some time 😉

Farmina Vet Life Canine Hepatic, this is a liver feed for dogs, only that does NOT indicate the origin of animal fat 🙁

The same for humans I can give it to my dog ​​is that they have told me that it is the same.

I don't know "the same one", what is it about?

My dog ​​is 11 years old and in the result of the analysis she has 683 U / L of alkaline phosphatase 226 of ALT (GPT). We are giving you Epato1500 and regime based on skinless chicken, rice and carrots. Should something else be added to the diet? Or there is some other alternative food. The bowel movements are rather yellow-orange but not always.

Hello Jorge, it would be necessary to study it well, but like a vitamin supplement, ask the veterinarian who controls it, the diet you comment if it is for a long time, may be insufficient: / sure it could be enriched, but always talking with the veterinarian , or several veterinarians.

Hi Jorge, have you got anything that helps your puppy? I have a Schnauzer with a problem similar to the one you describe but after 14 veterinarians none has given me an assertive treatment and I don't know what else to do, I have 3 years with this problem. Now after much effort I got the same one mentioned in this article but the side effects of flatulence are terrible. I appreciate any help. Thank you

Good afternoon, would you be so kind as to inform me in what year this information was written?

Hi, I don't have that information, but its age is at least three years.

Hi, I'm a veterinary medicine student and I found the document very interesting, and ps I have a job on this topic I would like to know if you have articles on which you relied to get all this information I would be very interested thanks

It is a translation of the original article by Cathy Doggins, I have not written it.

Hello could you help me on some homemade diet
Hepatis has been removed and does not like any liver feed or tarinas apart they have sent vitamins ka and b and a dynamarin liver protector but does not want to eat anything heparic are accustomed to boiled chicken and our food please can you help me

My dog ​​is three years old, it is a sausage breed and I am afraid that it has cirrhosis ... I would like to say that care and what is the safe diet ... thanks!

Hello, this is a veterinary consultation, better ask the veterinarian who treats it, I cannot help you without the veterinarian's information.

I need advice for a diet for my three-year-old Belgian Malinois dog with liver problems

Good night, my dog ​​is 15 years old, he started with vomiting, he is just drinking boiled water and fat-free chicken mixed, I give it to a teaspoon when I see that the vomiting stopped.The medication they gave him has no effect (ranivet and digestive), I was told to perform an endoscopy but because his heart is very slow he was at risk of dying when anesthesia was placed.
What can I do, I see that it is being consumed. The little he eats vomits either water or chicken.

Veronica feels bad to me but I could help you little, it is a complicated case that should be treated in the veterinary clinic, it should be a veterinarian who studies your case and prepare an adapted diet, hopefully find a way to conduct your disease soon. 🙁

My dog ​​is 6 years old and cirrhosis what diet can I give her or what balanced food? Thank you

Hello Valeria, this must be answered by a specialized veterinarian, you need a diet adapted to your dog.

Hi, I have a 2-year-old yorshike, he has been tested and tested positive for bile acids - postpandial bile acids and gpt (alt) the veterinarian has sent me a liver diet feed and some pills but the dog did not like it he never had to give it to him with ham and hand and I think it smells worse now and he doesn't want to be able to mix it with that I think I need help quickly

Hello, I have a chihuahua dog, we don't know his age because he came from the street, he has just been detected hepatitis and diabetes, he is on a diet only half a can of tuna a day, but he does not eat it, what other food could be given without that affects either of the two conditions?

I cannot help you there, it must be the veterinarian who prepares the diet according to the state of the dog and the results of the tests.

Hi Eva, my dog ​​is also sick of the liver, I just want you to rinse a little thing, the recipe you indicate with the amount of grams is the daily ration you have to eat? Or I can distribute it in several days. My dog ​​is a Golden Retriver and apart from chicken and rice I also put hard boiled eggs, potatoes and broccoli because they are easy to digest and provides protein and vitamins.
Thanks Eva for the article and for having such patience.

Good morning Beatriz, thanks to you for reading my blog 🙂 the recipes always have to be adjusted to the size of the dog as well as to your specific needs, does your dog eat only natural food or eat also think? How old are you? How heavy are you?

Hi Beatriz, What a shame that paws are badly 🙁 Lucky that is something that can be solved.

Hello, a week ago my Golden was diagnosed with liver cancer, she is 9 years old and I was recommended Royal Canin Hepatic, that another generic food or supplement I can supply that contains the same characteristics of this.

Hi Eva, her name is Zarpas, maybe it sounds to you. This next January will turn 10 years old. His normal weight was 35-36 Kg but since he became ill he has dropped to 33, he is thin for what he was. He has always eaten feed and we have always given him the natural ones recommended by breeders, never from supermarkets or better-known brands, but now I have opted for the natural diet to see if I can regenerate the cells of his liver. As I know that this type of diet that I am giving him just gives him calcium, I add half a teaspoon of ground eggshell to each serving, apart from his dietary supplement for his joints, which we have given him on a preventive basis for 1 year. Eat twice a day and in each serving you have about 90 grams of chicken or turkey and complete up to 350 grams with vegetables, vegetables and rice in addition to hard boiled eggs but only every other day, in total 700 grams of food per day. He doesn't eat it all ... ... he agreed that in my neighborhood there are two dogs in heat and he's a little crazy so he loses his appetite more. So far it has not made me fat, but what I have achieved with this diet is that your mood is better. The truth is that I do not mind cooking, but we live in Holland and at Christmas they take care of me here and of course ... asking them to cook is also too much. I wish you could guide me in terms of feed for this condition and also if I am giving you the recommended dose of the natural diet right now. At the moment we do not know if their inflammation is due to their age or an accumulation of copper in their liver, apparently the Golden Retriver (in addition to other races) have more difficulty in eliminating said micro-mineral and accumulate it in their liver, we declined more than it is because of age because as I have already told you before, the feed he has eaten has always been natural. Well Eva, congratulations on your blog and thanks for all the help you offer to each of us.

Hello, I have a 3-year-old sausage, 4 days ago she has vomits and diarrhea, the veterinarian diagnosed liver inflammation, this one with protective liver, no longer has diarrhea but continues to vomit, she eats balanced food. The vet. told me to go on a diet. What kind of food can I give him to tolerate? xq obviously even the balanced falls badly.

Hello, my dog ​​was barely diagnosed in the bladder, and apparently there is a loss of living tissue in the kidney, I want and I need to know what food I should give her to be natural, because all the specialized croquette is very expensive, and I do not have resources, my dog ​​is a giant snahuzer of five years, I do not want to suffer or die soon, they are very important to my family. Help me profavor. I am willing to cook whatever is necessary.

Hi Eva, unfortunately Zarpas on October 9 left us…. Liver cancer consumed him. He already rests, but he continues cheerfully moving his tail in our hearts.

Oysters! I'm so sorry Beatriz, damn cancer ... 🙁 a big hug for everyone and encouragement!

Thank you very much for everything Eva. Sails filled us with much happiness and gave us many joys ... It was exceptional.

Hi Eva, I have a 14 year old dog, he has liver and heart failure, the worst thing is that he has a very bad liver, he has been treated and he has a special diet but he does not like it, he is losing kilos and is lethargic, he gives me a lot sad to see her like that, I love her very much and I fear the moment of her departure. Could I give her chicken or other homemade food? Thanks a greeting.

Hello, because in your case it is best that you look for a dietary veterinarian and make you an adapted diet, you have to give your dog's history and with it you must make a diet. There is a dr. In Madrid, his name is Carlos, I leave his email [email protected]

Hello Eva. I have a dog that just got poisoned I still don't know what and I don't eat anything at all. No grilled chicken breast. But if he eats apple, would it be that if I give him, does he not harm him?

Hi Eva, the apple is not going to hurt him, but it is important that your dog eat well for recovery. I understand that you have recovered from poisoning, now you can ask your veterinarian for some kind of help such as recovery cans or some vitamins to whet your appetite.

Very interesting, it has helped me a lot.
I have an 8-year-old Bull Terrier, who has been diagnosed with fatty liver.
The vet has recommended me to feed my dog ​​with white fish or deer.
They currently feed on deer, vegetables, fruits and vegetables.
I also notice that he drops his hair, sometimes it is very red, has pimples on the skin, a lump in the belly (the veterinarian says it is because of the liver), bad breath. Your teeth are impeccable, brush them every night before bedtime. He loves raw carrots, which help keep his teeth clean.
Thank you very much and greetings.

Hi Eva, I have a dog with 9 days old and was born bad of the liver, you will not have another seat for puppies that have just been born
Thank you

Hi, I have nothing, I'm sorry, I think it will be complicated. Try a nutritionist specializing in veterinary diets, to see if it can make you adapted to the condition and age of your dog. I hope you find the shape and the puppy will get ahead.

Hello, I have a Yorkshire crossing with liver problems since birth, with three months they told us that they did not have it, they did not recommend liver and denosyl 90 since it was very small now as an adult weighs 2kg, when it all started it only weighed 450 gr, he recovered from the attacks that gave him we have been changing the food always liver because he gets tired and does not want it, royall canin eukanuba hill and some other that I do not remember, the liver levels came to regularize, the problem began six months ago With stronger seizures, we have done an ultrasound but no external portosystemic shun is seen, so it may be internal and the intervention is very risky because the liver values ​​have skyrocketed again and have symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy, you almost do not want to eat because you have swollen gamglios of the throat and we can not give any anti-inflammatory, denosyl have stopped making it which is what has been great and I recovered It was in his day, I found hepatosil plus that in addition to the same one that contained the other has selenium zinc vit E, also takes diuretic and antibiotic syrup by shun, could you recommend someone to make me a specific diet for him? As much as I read, I do not understand what to take or not, they tell us that protein and fat do not on the other hand yes, and with the feed it takes a long time, if it is something natural I think it will be better, fruit we also give it as an apple and some Once banana but I have also read that potassium is going badly for his illness, I am a mess, if someone is going through something similar or can advise me I would be eternally grateful. A greeting and thanks in advance.

Hi. If this disease is terrible in our dogs, and what is sad, do not realize what is the cause of such diseases. Food is what makes our pets sick and kills. We are what we eat and apply to us, here the difference is that we can decide what to eat and not. They instead trust us. Our dogs and cats are carnivorous and do not unfold the flours correctly. and that is the supposedly balanced food »flour» return the dignity to our pets and with it the health. My pets including a cat eat barf and natural that I formulate and prepare myself and are healthy full of good energy. I recommend you get informed and look for this documentary. »pet fooled«

The recipes that come in the article are sewn or eaten raw or all are stirred and a paste is made that does not say thank you

Hi, I have a dog that is 10 years old, he was diagnosed with liver problems, we are giving him some syrups, but one day it is good, another day is bad, it hurts a lot and it trembles a lot that feeding does not suggest that we give her she is a white Schnauzer and Dwarf

Hello Eva. Looking for information regarding liver diseases in dogs, I found you.
I tell you, I'm from Chile, I have my poodle puppy, 5 years old, with liver failure. The vet evaluated me. This comes from a couple of years ago, but it started with problems with pellet foods. These were discarded by the veterinarian, until a year ago, I am preparing him at the suggestion of the veterinarian. The basis of his meal is chicken breast without skin, with vegetables: Italian zucchini, or zucchini called in other countries, yellow squash, or squash, grated carrot in a lot, once placed beet, or beet also called, I also put quinoa, and oats quacquer. This has a pasty consistency. with very little salt and no oil. I alternate the chicken breast base with canned horse mackerel. I am worried, because in the last month, he has presented greater lack of appetite, and abdominal pain, that is why the veterinarian indicated a Heprotec Methionine vitamin B complex syrup.
I would like to give me your opinion, regarding the quality of the food I am preparing, if you suggest incorporating some other ingredients. I worry that maybe what I am giving you is not enough for your diet to be nutritionally adequate, I have thought of adding egg white, spinach, something that contains iron.
Eva I would appreciate giving me a prompt response, your suggestions and your opinion.
From already thank you very much.

Hi Eva, I greet you from Chile. I told you that I came to your blog, for investigating the liver failure of my puppy poodle, 5 years. This pathology arose two years ago, we fed it with pellet foods, of various brands, it started without appetite, and we changed food at the suggestion of the veterinarian who controls it. This one has done Scaner exams. So much so that he finally suspended all kinds of food in pellets, and I'm preparing his food, this is based on chicken breast with vegetables, grated carrot, yellow squash (squash), Italian squash (zucchini), sometimes coloco, betarraga (purple beet), Quinoa and Avena Quáquer (crushed oats). A pinch of salt, and no oil. I alternate chicken with canned fish.
I'm worried that you are missing some nutrients. That's why I write to you, so you can give me your opinion. Maybe it would be convenient to incorporate egg white, maybe cochayuyo, I don't know, I'm thinking of other nutritional sources.
Eva, I am worried because my puppy, sometimes he spends a full day without eating anything, this is happening for a couple of months, which manifests decay and no water wants to drink. My puppy lives inside the house, and goes out to the garden just to go to the bathroom. And sometimes play a little to do physical activity.
I would greatly appreciate it if you give me guidance in response to my concern.
Of course, very grateful.
Lissy Empire

Hi good day
I have a chocolate labrador of 12 and a half years and the liver is not very good, they tell me that only food for liver care such as hills or things like that can eat. I usually give lentils, rice and chicken, with carrot and even pineapple, but should I definitely suspend chicken and lentils because of the most expensive potato protein? Is there any food alternative for homemade liver care and not so expensive?
thank you

Good afternoon, I have a poodle that every so often walked with vomiting but it got worse, His diet was based on normal feed and cooked chicken. First I went to my veterinarian and he was analytical and told me that he had an intestinal infection after being with antibiotic 3 weeks, when he returned to his food he returned again with vomiting. Seeing that I did not improve it, I took it to another vetwrinary and they did an analysis and it came out basal bile acids 26.0 umol / L postprandial bile acids 28.0 umol / L the rest of values ​​are in the normal scales the transaminase gpt / alt just to limit 46. They told me that they have a liver problem but they don't specify whether chronic or ... Yes, it is true that the diet has improved but every two months or so it has a relapse. Do you have bile acids so high? What do you think is normal? Two veterinarians give me a different diagnosis.

Good afternoon: I would like to know what amount I should give my dog ​​weighing 22 kg. of the> Diet no. one.

I have two huskies which food they recommend for me

Hi Dunia,
If your dogs are healthy, I recommend BARF diet.

Hello, I have a dog of 7 years, medium height, two weeks ago she was diagnosed with canine hepatitis and she is pregnant, she does not want to eat, although if she drinks water, and is yellow, can I give her the diets you mention? Can I give the cooked egg? How do I give it? Thanks, I hope you can help me.

Hi Virginia,
In the case of your dog, you should consult a veterinarian. It is he who can help you considering your dog's history and status.

1. Adapt the feeding to the dog with liver problems

The dietary guidelines should be adapted to the needs of the sick liver of the dog, and not vice versa. One of the main objectives for the recovery of a can with liver pathologies is that your liver has to process as little fat as possible and, therefore, make little effort.

Some feed are specific for dogs with liver ailments, but your prescription must be carried out by a veterinarian. These canine therapeutic foods cannot be eaten by a healthy animal, since it would lead to nutritional deficiencies. They are products intended for dogs diagnosed with liver diseases.

2. Choose a suitable feed for the dog with liver disease

The feeds that take care of the dog's liver are "Low fat, very digestive and contain antioxidants", says Juan Antonio Aguado, veterinarian. This food also has a high carbohydrate content, good quality protein, which can easily assimilate and digest, "as well as natural anti-inflammatories, such as omega 3 acid", explains this professional.

The meats with which specific foods are made for dogs with liver problems are low fat, such as chicken and turkey. Other proteins, such as those contained in veal, are more difficult to digest and are avoided in this type of canine feed, since it is about getting the diseased liver to work as little as possible.

3. Prevent the dog with liver problems from eating

Dogs suffering from liver pathologies are usually unappetizing, but their recovery depends on their correct feeding, both in quantity and quality. For the can coma, it is convenient to offer a food that results attractive, both for your nose, and for your palate.

Owners can apply various tricks to feed their pet, such as:

  • Moisten the dry feed specific for dogs with liver disorders and temper it for a few seconds in the microwave oven. In this way, the dog's smell will be better stimulated. In addition, the soft and somewhat hot texture of the feed will be more attractive to your palate.
  • Food cans with specific properties for dogs that have liver problems they are, in general, more palatable to them, because of their smooth and soft texture.

On the other hand, Aguado recommends "offer the dog with liver problems several small portions of food a day because, since he is not well, he has trouble eating, and he will not feel like eating large amounts of food. "

4. Home cooking for dogs with liver disease

One of the cases in which veterinarians can recommend that the dog be fed a homemade diet, under his supervision, is when the dog with liver problems loses his appetite.

The incidence of liver pathologies in dogs, such as infectious hepatitis, is not high, although in older animals it is more common. Loss of appetite is associated with this type of pathology, so, in some cases, homemade food can be alternated with the usual feed to expand the range of flavors and textures that can whet the appetite of the dog.

The food of the dog with liver disease should provide a lot of energy to promote recovery

Veterinary supervision with this type of homemade diets for dogs with liver disease is necessary to achieve a balanced diet. This feed must be composed of digestive and low-fat meats, such as chicken and turkey, as well as carbohydrates and vegetables, in an adequate proportion for each animal. In addition, you need to be supplemented with antioxidants.

However, "the proper and balanced preparation of homemade diet for a dog is not easy or cheap, so it is better to opt for the safe and choose specific commercial diets," advises Ignacio Arija, veterinarian specializing in animal nutrition and professor of Complutense University of Madrid.

In general, whether the liver dog's diet is commercial or homemade, it should be digestive and provide a lot of energy, in order to prevent malnutrition. Must also contain vitamins of group B and E, moderate sodium intake and provide potassium.

Homemade recipe for the dog with liver problems

If it is decided to feed the dog suffering from liver diseases with homemade food, it must be under veterinary supervision, with recipes such as the following, to 1,000 grams of ration:

  • Chicken meat, breast with skin, 220 grams.
  • Cooked rice, 680 grams.
  • Cooked and drained carrot, 60 grams.
  • Bran, 20 grams.
  • Vegetable oil, 20 grams.
  • Add a mineral vitamin supplement that is low in sodium and copper (as prescribed by the veterinarian).

The amounts vary depending on the weight, age and amount of physical activity performed by the dog.