Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Natural Treatments for Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia and Liver Disease in Dogs


Sprocket
We just received this inspiring story about Sprocket and had to share! Sprocket, this adorable 12 year old Pomeranian,  has outlived her prognosis of Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia by 6 years!  Sprocket's Mom is a dedicated pet parent who used a holistic approach along with conventional veterinary treatments.  The veterinarian had projected that Sprocket might survive an additional 2 years when she was diagnosed.  Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia is a genetic liver disorder where small vessels in the liver are abnormally formed hindering blood flow which compromises liver function.  Symptoms may not appear until  a pet is a few years old and include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea.  These same symptoms can be seen in other types of liver and gallbladder diseases.  Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia is more common in small breed dogs such as Yorkies, Maltese, Pomeranians, Cairn Terriers, Shih-Tzus and Dachshunds.  If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, please consult your veterinarian.  

Sprocket's story:

"My beautiful 12 year old Pomeranian Sprocket has been doing great on a homemade diet and supplements. When she was four years old, Sprocket was diagnosed with Microvascular Liver Dysplasia which was not correctable through surgery, and we were told she would only live maybe two more years. We were very concerned about how to give her a good quality of life. We wanted to use natural treatments as much as possible and found Ask Ariel.  Ask Ariel provided us with a diet suggestion and supplements that have kept Sprocket going strong.  It is now 8 years that we have been following this regimen for Sprocket and it has been wonderful to see how well she is doing.  The Ask Ariel supplements we have  given her for liver support are:  Oxicell and Kidney Health (as well as another liver support supplement from the vet), and fish oil. As she got older and started limping, we started her on Curcumin for Pets, Arthrosoothe and Ultra-Flex for her collapsing trachea. Sprocket is feeling well and we are so happy we took this holistic approach. Everyone thinks she is far younger than she is and she often acts like a puppy. We sincerely believe that Sprocket has the looks and life that she does due to her diet and supplements from Ask Ariel. We tell everyone with a pet about Ask Ariel."  (Sprocket's story continues below) M. Matsumoto - New Mexico

Does your pet have hepatic microvascular dysplasia, elevated liver enzymes, liver shunt or a liver disorder?  Would you like assistance selecting find the right diet and supplements for your pet?  Email the experts at support@askariel.com for assistance.

How Can I help My Pet With Liver Disease? 

Liver disorders can appear at an early age in pets due to congenital reasons (e.g. liver shunt) or later in life (e.g. gallbladder issues and/or elevated liver enzymes).  Regardless, pets with liver disorders need a special diet.  The diet should be low in fat, reduced protein, high in fiber and hypoallergenic (pets with liver disease can be itchy and especially sensitive to allergens since their liver is working overtime).  Adding vegetables such as carrots, green beans and broccoli can be helpful.  Also, using diets made with yams vs. grains is also recommended.

The liver is a major organ that helps to detoxify the body.  It's main functions include:

• metabolism of fats, protein and carbohydrates
• filtering harmful substances from the blood (e.g. toxins and/or medications)
• storage of vitamins and minerals 
• production of bile which aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients
• glycogen storage (involved in blood sugar regulation) and hormone conversion and regulation
• synthesis of important proteins such as albumin and clotting factors
• red blood cell maintenance, in conjunction with the spleen

Due to it's many functions, your cat or dog's liver is highly susceptible to damage.   Fortunately, liver disease is a condition that can be well managed, and with proper nutrition and liver support supplements, healthy liver cells can be regenerated.  Liver disorders are a type of health condition where pets seem to respond exceptionally well to holistic care.  Click here to learn more about elevated liver enzymes and understanding your pet's laboratory tests.

Veterinary-Approved Supplements For Pets With Liver Disease

Special SAMe—An antioxidant scientifically proven to support liver health


 Liver Support Kit--Contains 3 Formulas to Improve Digestion, detoxify the liver and reduce the workload on the liver

Diet For Pets With Liver Conditions
Pets with liver disease need a low-fat, high fiber diet with moderate protein.  Pets that have liver disease often have allergies because they have difficulty processing and clearing toxins.  To minimize the workload on your pet's liver, it is important to avoid high allergen foods such as grains and high allergen proteins.  Feeding your pet foods that contain antioxidants such as green vegetables and carrots is helpful.  

*Added Value
If you include your pet's diet on the order form at checkout, AskAriel will provide a FREE diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

Additional Update on Sprocket


12 Year Old Sprocket Is Still Going Strong

"A few years after we’d been giving Sprocket her supplements from Ask Ariel, Sprocket found, and ate, some rat poison at a ranch. The vet said that her diet helped push it through her system and that no doubt, the supplements that she was taking, helped. Although she did have to take medication for the poison, I am certain that her supplement regimen was helpful in keeping her healthy and safe from the medication.  A few months later when she had her liver enzymes tested, after the results came in, her vet said: “If I didn’t know otherwise, I would say that this is a normal healthy dog.”

You can only imagine our relief and happiness at hearing that news, and we have Ask Ariel to thank for helping Sprocket live a healthy life."

Need advice about what supplements would be helpful for your pet? Please send an email to support@askariel.com
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