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Proper feeding for liver disorders

The health of our furry companions is important to us. Comprehensive care is crucial, especially if they are struggling with liver disorders. We rely on a holistic approach that includes various areas in order to achieve optimal results.

Feeding: The basis for health

For dogs with liver disorders, an adapted diet is essential to relieve the strain on the liver and support its regeneration. Here are various factors and thumb guidelines to consider when feeding dogs with liver disease:

1. Protein quality and quantity

  • High-quality proteins : Choose highly digestible, high-quality protein sources such as easily digestible meat - no organ meats - or egg, cottage cheese or insects. The recommended digestibility of dietary protein should be ≥ 80%. It's best to ask the manufacturer directly; if you receive information, you'll know that you've come to the right address :)
  • Amount of protein : The amount should be moderated so as not to overload the liver. The exact amount depends on the severity of the liver disease, usual recommendations are 2.5 to 4.5 g of protein per kilogram of the dog's body weight per day, but this should be individualized. The Dietary Feed Act makes the following recommendation: Average protein content: Crude protein ≤ 27.9% complete feed with a moisture content of 12% (dry food). This corresponds to approx. ≤ 6.97% for wet food.

2. Fats

  • Easily digestible fats : Fats are an important source of energy. Use easily digestible sources such as fish oil, algae oil or linseed oil, which also provides anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Adjustment for Fat Intolerance : Fat reduction may be necessary for some dogs, particularly if fat intolerance is present. According to the Dietary Feed Act, no information on fat content is prohibited. However, we recommend the following: Low raw fat content: Crude fat ≤ 15% complete feed with a moisture content of 12% (dry food). This corresponds to approx. ≤ 7% for wet food.

3. Carbohydrates

  • Easily digestible carbohydrates : Offer easily digestible carbohydrates such as tapioca, amaranth or quinoa to meet energy needs without putting strain on the liver.
Highly digestible carbohydrates such as tapioca

Feeding technique and amount of food

Nutrition plays a central role in treating and supporting dogs with liver disorders. A well-considered feeding strategy can relieve the burden on the liver, support regeneration and improve the animal's well-being. The challenge is to find the right balance of nutrients without putting further strain on the already stressed liver. Here are some key points to consider when feeding dogs with liver disease:

Feeding techniques

Multiple Small Meals: Digesting large meals can be stressful for a dog with liver problems. Instead, smaller, easily digestible meals should be offered throughout the day to support the liver's metabolism and avoid overload. This may mean dividing the food into 3-4 meals for adult dogs and 4-5 times a day for young dogs up to 6 months of age.

Gentle change in diet: A sudden change in diet can lead to gastrointestinal problems in dogs. If diet adjustment is necessary due to liver disease, this should be done gradually over a period of up to 7 days. This gives the dog's digestive system time to adjust to the new food.

Feed quantities

The amount of food depends on several factors, including the weight of the dog, the severity of liver disease and the specific composition of the food. The general rule:

Assess energy needs: Dogs with liver disorders may have altered energy needs. Energy requirements are often increased as the body tries to fight the disease. However, the dog's ability to absorb and digest food may be limited. A veterinarian can help determine individual energy needs and make a recommendation for the amount of food. More information

Adjustment based on observation: The dog's response to his diet should be continually monitored. Changes in weight, behavior and general well-being are indicators that can help adjust feed levels accordingly. Weight loss can be a sign that the dog needs more food, while weight gain may require reducing portions.

Support liver health through nutritional supplements

The following dietary supplements can be helpful to support liver function:

  • Milk thistle : Protects and promotes the regeneration of liver cells
  • Turmeric : With curcumin, promotes liver function through its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antioxidants : Protect the liver from free radical damage
  • Omega-3 fatty acids : have an anti-inflammatory effect and promote liver health
  • B vitamins : Vitamin B12 and B6 in particular play an important role in metabolism and can support liver function by helping to reduce fatigue and provide energy.
  • Green Tea Extract : Contains polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties and may promote liver health.
  • Dandelion (Dandelion Root) : Traditionally used to support liver health as it stimulates bile flow and aids in detoxification.

How BugBell helps

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