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High Liver Enzymes in Pets

PetSugar Q + A: What Are High Liver Enzymes in Dogs?

PetSugar reader Judy Dennis asked this question in the PetSugar Q + A group:

What does high liver enzymes in my puppy mean? How do I treat it?

Unfortunately, it's hard for even a vet to quickly tell how affected the liver is by high liver enzymes and to ID the root of the problem. I'd definitely recommend bringing a pet in to the doctor to have tests done to gauge the severity.

One common supplement offered to pets facing liver issues is milk thistle. The Silymarin naturally helps displace toxins, acts as an antioxidant, and enables faster cell regeneration. It can be purchased in drops for dogs or cats.

However, there are also some foods that can help minimize buildup. Find out what to look for and


Here's another instance where high-quality food makes a huge difference. Lower-quality foods often have more "fillers" and inferior ingredients.

  • Plant-based proteins: Soy or dairy-based proteins are better than meat for dogs with liver diseases because they reduce the production of ammonia.
  • Low-sodium foods: Choose low-sodium foods to minimize abdominal fluid buildup from high blood pressure in the liver's vessels.
  • Simple carbohydrates: When reading labels, or if home cooking foods, simple carbohydrates like potatoes or rice are the best fillers.
  • Veggies: North enjoys these pet-safe vegetables since they provide fiber and complex carbs. This helps bind the intestinal toxins so they are easily eliminated from the body.
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