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Newly diagnosed with early liver disease

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Mumbly, Oct 5, 2019.


  1. Mumbly

    Mumbly PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everyone. I'm new here but after any advice please.

    Tess our (10 year old on Monday) springer/lab cross went to the vets for some meds to help with her arthritis. We got some previcox but then ran blood tests. These show early liver disease. We have been told to only feed her Hills l/d or Royal Canin hepatic. I've ordered a 2kg of the Hills along with 2 cans of canned food for her to try (we get that Tuesday) is there anything else she can try? Is she allowed a carrot still? Could we try a raw food diet? We were feeding her Arden Grange.
    Also not too sure about using NSAID and have been thinking about CBD for dogs. Has anyone any experience of that?
    She is a fit dog otherwise. 20kg and walks 3 miles in a morning and 1.5 in the afternoon.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. pennyLokiMUM

    pennyLokiMUM PetForums Senior

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    I have experience of Previcox and arthritis with kidney disease. I would advise looking at zoo plus at specialist diets as Hills is awful long term, diet is helpful, yes carrots are fine and raw I personally would not advise as you need to control the nutrients.
    Talk to the vet about meds for the arthritis, can she have paracetomol and gabapentin? My Loki has these and they manage his pain, we also give I move (you move is not good for the kidneys) turmeric tablets, I have not tried CBD yet but had heard good things. With arthritis you need to manage walks, little and often, no balls, get a memory foam bed, keep lean. Loki is now14 and a Labrador and still has little walks, we try and avoid to many pavements and uneven surfaces.
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Absolutely not, they manage conditions well and can be a life saver to so many dogs. Prescription diets will always have their place and help many.

    @Mumbly liver disease you usually need low protein food. I fed burns for my dog with liver problems. This was with under my vets guidance, after her suggestion of a low protein food, quality of ingredients. She was happy with the choice, and there isn't a lot to it. Simple easy digestible ingredients. Not everyone's cup of tea but usually works out cheaper than a prescription diet.
     
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    Mumbly PetForums Newbie

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    We are back at the vets in 7 weeks for more blood tests. Will have a look at Burns and zooplus. Thanks
     
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    Please check this before doing anything but did someone (@SusieRainbow? ) suggest milk thistle for liver support recently?
     
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    As they were asking about food that's how I answered. I presumed the vet would suggest milk thistle in some sort of liver support if necessary
     
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    I have started Reena on Dorwest Milk Thistle as she has elevated liver enzymes though is asymptomatic of any disease. The vet was in agreement that it would do no harm and could be beneficial.
    The plan is to recheck her ALT level in 6 months and if still abnormal they will investigate further.
     
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    The vet hasn't suggested it yet. I'll see what the next results say in 7 weeks and ask about it then. Thanks
     
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