What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Liver The liver plays many important roles in your pet’s body. Without a functional liver, your dog or cat wouldn’t be able to properly digest food, filter toxins from the bloodstream, or regulate certain hormones. Continue reading to learn more about the liver and what you can do to keep your pet healthy! Liver Basics Healthy Liver, Healthy Pet Causes of Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats Read more: Have more questions about your pet’s liver? Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation Liver BasicsThe liver is a vital organ that is essential to our pets’ lives. It is located in the abdomen just behind the diaphragm, close to the stomach, spleen, and small intestines.The liver functions to remove toxins that have been absorbed by the intestines, aids in digestion, acts as a large storage area for energy such as sugar and certain fats, and processes sugars, fats, and proteins. It also regulates many hormones, produces proteins that contribute to muscle mass, and helps blood to clot in order to prevent bleeding.Healthy Liver, Healthy PetKeeping your pet healthy involves caring for all of his body systems, including the liver. The following factors help maintain overall health and support the liver’s many functions:Maintaining a healthy immune systemFeeding a nutritious, veterinary recommended diet containing essential vitamins and mineralsMaintaining a normal body weightStaying active by providing your pet with physical and mental stimulation dailyRegular veterinary check-upsVaccinations to protect against potential infectionsOral health such as daily tooth and gum care as well as regular dental cleaning by your vetAvoiding exposure to toxic foods, plants, medications, etc.Causes of Liver Disease in Dogs and CatsThe many causes of liver disease in dogs and cats include:Certain medicationsToxins (plants, food, chemicals)Infections (bacterial, viral, parasites, and fungal)Diabetes mellitusInflammationCancerImmune-mediatedGenetics/breed predisposition (chronic hepatitis, copper storage disease, and amyloidosis)Heart diseaseHepatic lipidosis in catsRead more:Common Liver Diseases in CatsLeptospirosis in Dogs and CatsObesity in Cats: What You Need to Know if Your Favorite Feline is OverweightHave more questions about your pet’s liver?Schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets.