This article is part of a series of articles dedicated to dogs suffering with liver problems like our own old girl “Lulu” did at the age of 16.

The information that you find here is based on Lulu’s journey through liver disease and what we did to help her through it.

This disease is a very serious disease and should not be taken lightly.  Without a doubt, a diet consisting of whole foods that are pure in every sense of the word such as organic meats and vegetables and pure supplements (not cheap, synthetic vitamins) and pure filtered water will play the largest role in your dog’s battle.  Avoiding adding any chemicals to your dog’s body is an absolute must!

You can see several of Lulu’s recipes here.

When Lulu was diagnosed with liver disease, we immediately went to work on what we needed to do to not only keep her alive, but provide quality of life for her as well.

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Recommended Supplements

When we refer to a natural treatment for liver problems in dogs, we’re targeting diet and the necessary supplements your dog needs to battle the disease.  Now that your dog has been diagnosed with liver disease, you MUST BE very careful with his or her diet and anything that enters the body whether through the mouth or the skin.

This is what we used for Lulu who weighed 72 lbs; you can determine how much you need for your own dog’s weight…

  1. Coconut Oil – Must be ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, EXTRA VIRGIN – 1-1/2 HEAPING Tablespoons Daily (divided AM/PM)
  2. N-Acetyl Cysteine aka NAC (a must for liver disease) at 150mg per twenty lbs of dog. We like Twinlabs Nac
  3. Vitamin E – 400IU daily
  4. B50 (NOT a STRESS/TIME RELEASE FORMULA) – 1 (One) daily
  5. Selenium 100 mcgs.
  6. Alpha Lipoic Acid – 1 capsule TWICE daily
  7. Chlorella made by NOW Foods – 1 (One) TWICE daily
  8. Milk Thistle – 300 mg. TWICE Daily (Milk Thistle is VERY, VERY SAFE. For advanced liver disease and very sick dogs, use 200mg per 10 lbs of your dog’s weight)
  9. Whey Protein – The one we used years ago was extremely expensive. TGS is just as good and very economical.  Add one scoop to 8oz. of food once daily.

Organizing Your Dog’s Daily Supplements

It can get a little confusing and overwhelming when you’re dealing with all these different supplements. What we did was purchase one of those plastic weekly-daily pill organizers and separate all her vitamins one week in advance. They’re cheap and really do help.

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  • Val Silver

    Thanks for posting this series. I hate putting flea/tick chemicals on my dog and know they are processed through the liver. I’ll give more natural products another try. He is just so sensitive that it takes one flea to drive him nuts with itching.

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Val:
      You’re welcome. The thing is that you have to stay on top of the natural products for flea and tick. During flea and tick season, use it daily. Mist the dog without soaking him and make sure it gets to the skin as best you can, especially to the top right and left above the tail, the tail itself and underneath, along with the neck and belly areas and don’t forget the feet. Also, if he’s that sensitive, start strengthening his immune system with a good vitamin and make sure the diet is top notch.

      As much as I would love not to have to use chemicals in my yard; I still do. I tried not using them and going natural, but, it didn’t work out too well.:) My dogs ended up with fleas.

      So, my husband uses the chemicals to treat the yard for bugs, and I make sure that I rinse and dry their feet each time they go out for the next several days.

      The flea and tick spray that I recommend, I’ve been using for years Val.


      • alia

        Janie – try Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) for fleas, worms and garden control…. read up on it – amazing stuff that is safe for dog but deadly to pests without all the chemicals. It’s also good enough to eat for dogs/humans as long as you stay hydrated.

        • janie knetzer

          Hi Alia:
          Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve tried Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) in my yard, but it didn’t really work. We have a huge hard though. Do you mean to use externally or internally Alia?


  • Lynn Jones

    I have a six month old pup have been diagnosed with liver problem pretty much on prescription diet vitamin supplement . He weight around 45 pounds now . How much do you feed them per day ?

  • Janet Stafford

    My Nikki is 14 and had a recent injury to her spinal column and since then has what the vet believes is an enlarged liver. I say “believes” because I cannot afford tests to confirm or deny, but she has a swollen “pot belly” abdomen. She has also been on Prednisone since the injury which I’ve learned can cause a reversible form of Cushing’s Disease. I want to treat her holistically as a dog with liver disease, Cushing’s, etc. I bought dandelion, burdock, astragalus roots, and milk thistle. I appreciate all advice on this. My girl was extremely healthy and energetic until this injury. Now she is aging right before my eyes. I’m so sad.

    • janie

      Hi Janet:

      I’m so sorry to hear about Nikki. What are you feeding her for her liver disease and do you want to also try and treat cushings disease as well?


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