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What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Liver

dog and cat liver health

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

The 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 Pet

Keeping 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:

Causes of Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats

The many causes of liver disease in dogs and cats include:

  • Certain medications
  • Toxins (plants, food, chemicals)
  • Infections (bacterial, viral, parasites, and fungal)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Immune-mediated
  • Genetics/breed predisposition (chronic hepatitis, copper storage disease, and amyloidosis)
  • Heart disease
  • Hepatic lipidosis in cats

Read more:

Common Liver Diseases in Cats

Leptospirosis in Dogs and Cats

Obesity in Cats: What You Need to Know if Your Favorite Feline is Overweight

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