The Function of the Liver and Your Pet
The liver is one of the largest organs for both cats and dogs, coming in second place just after the skin. It is is considered one of the hardest working organs in the body as it does the following:
- Filters blood coming from the digestive system
- Stores blood
- Helps with blood clotting
- Produces bile, which helps improve digestion by breaking fats down into fatty acids
- Breaks down damaged blood cells, which are then eliminated
- Converts nutrients found in foods
- Helps move nutrients throughout the body
- Removes toxic wastes
- Breaks down and eliminates excess hormones
- Stores vitamins and minerals for later use
- Makes cholesterol and triglycerides to keep the body healthy
- Turns carbohydrates into glucose for energy
How do you know if our pet’s liver is working well?
What is causing that stress?
What can you do to support your pet?
When Your Pet’s Liver is Struggling…
There are a number of signs that could indicate a stressed liver. Here are just a few of those possible signs:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale-colored or dark tar-like stool
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- High cholesterol
- Mood changes
Causes of a Stressed Liver
Now that we know some signs of a struggling liver, what causes the liver to become stressed in pets?
- Consistent use of prescription drugs and antibiotics
- High stress
- Chemically-sprayed crop exposure (inhalation or consumption)
- Exposure to air pollutants
- Exposure to household chemical products
- The spread of certain organisms
- Eating highly processed foods, high-sugar foods, and refined oils
As a Pet Owner, What Can You Do?
It’s difficult to know if your pet has a stressed liver. One of the most important things you can do for your pet’s liver is to avoid the things that cause it to be stressed….as much as possible. The liver can be cleansed and strengthened through proper liver detoxification, diet, supportive herbs, and homeopathic remedies.
PetMedella offers easy, non-invasive hair and saliva testing to see the bioenergetic stress of your pet’s organs, including the liver! Check it out here!