supplements for dogs with liver diseaseThis article is part 2 of a series of articles dedicated to dogs suffering with liver problems like my own old girl “Lulu” did.  The information that you find here is based on my dog “Lulu’s” own journey through liver disease and what I did to help her through it.

If you read through the first two articles in the series, then you realize that this disease is a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly.

Please understand that my articles ARE NOT meant to replace the advice or the medications your Veterinarian prescribes for your dog.

As an owner with a dog who was diagnosed with liver disease, I can tell can tell that without a doubt, diet and good supplements (not cheap, garbage vitamins) will play the largest role of all in your dog’s battle. When Lulu was diagnosed with liver disease, I immediately went to work on what I needed to do to not only keep her alive, but provide quality of life for her as well.

I read books and searched the internet in order to educate myself about the disease. The recipes that I shared in the second article of this series were specifically for her condition and included the necessary supplements to balance the recipe.

However, there are several additional supplements needed specifically for dogs fighting liver failure.

See my list of recommended products for dogs with liver problems.

As Natural As Possible

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. While you’ll find other articles on the internet that discuss additional supplements often used for dogs with liver disease, I’m only sharing with you the supplements that “Lulu” took. These supplements were recommended by her nutritionist.

Now that your dog has been diagnosed with liver disease, you MUST BE very careful with his or her diet. Be sure to read the entire series of articles to see how I treated Lulu.

Daily Supplements Lulu Took For Her Liver Disease (she weighed between 70-75 lbs.)

  1. Coconut Oil – Must be ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, EXTRA VIRGIN – 1 (One) Tablespoon Daily
  2. Vitamin E (Natural such as Natural Factors brand, NOT synthetic) 400IU Daily
  4. Selenium 100 mcgs. – NOW Brand Yeast Free
  5. Alpha Lipoic Acid – 1(One) TWICE Daily
  6. Chlorella – 1 (One) TWICE Daily
  7. Milk Thistle – 300 mg. TWICE Daily
  8. IMUPlus One packet mixed with food Daily. This product is not cheap, but this is what builds the immune system. It’s very high quality.

Organizing Your Dog’s Daily Supplements

It can get a little confusing and overwhelming when you’re dealing with all these different supplements. What I 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.

Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian and I have no formal education. The information presented here is not meant to replace your veterinarian’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to offer additional options in dealing with your dog’s condition.

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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 ?

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