Think of the liver as the sewage treatment plant of the body. It converts everything your dog takes in orally to more biologically appropriate chemicals. This includes food, medications, supplements-everything. It does the same thing for chemicals produced by every cell in the body during the process of living, 24/7/365.
So, what are those duties?
The liver never gets time off. That is why it is impossible to “detoxify” it. It will even detoxify the supplements used to detoxify it. This constant work with toxins takes its toll as the years pass.
But there are dietary changes and supplements that repair or reverse the damage done to the liver and support it as it goes about its detoxification job.
How do you know if your dog’s liver needs help?
Liver damage is easily detected in blood work. Elevations in blood enzymes with the initials ALT, AST, ALP and GGT are specific to liver damage for whatever reason. The combination of abnormal enzymes helps veterinarians identify the area of the liver likely to need help. This helps determine the type of diet or supplements will most likely support liver function.
The liver is one of the few major organs that can repair itself and even regrow if necessary. That is why we recommend that all dogs over the age of 8 have annual senior blood profiles done. We can pick up signs of problems sooner and initiate proper support with supplements, Chinese herbs, and essential oils and provide your dog a longer, healthier life.
If you are too far away to see Dr. Tudor in person, but still wish to make your own balanced dog food at home using Dr. Tudor's exclusive nutrient powder, omega 3 oil and recipes, we now offer two options for you:Healthier Homemade for Dogs
When you need or want custom recipes that are personalized for your fur family, our sister site Healthier Homemade can help you out. Because this service is remote, we are unable to give medical advice or diagnosis, so we work with your veterinarian to make sure your fur family is well cared for.
At Healthier Homemade, we offer Medical Recipe Programs for 14 different conditions. See them in detail here.
There are an assortment of recipe formulations for dogs with diagnosed Food Allergies. They include, High Protein, Instant, and Economy options.
If you have all Normal Adult Dogs in your fur family and wish to have more control over the formulations of your recipes, we offer Economy, Instant, High Protein, and Ultra-High Protein (including a few all meat options).
With all of our custom recipes you may include up to 4 dogs (with the same health profile) and you may choose cooking frequency from every day to once a week. We do all the math, we even calculate serving size for each dog! We also have detailed tutorials for each step of cooking, mixing, and storing.
If you are an experienced cook, like flexibility, have a normal adult dog, and just need general guidelines, Hearthstone may be right for you. Before purchasing a Starter Kit, you can see a complete list of ingredient options that can be used.
Our EZ Meal Planner gives you a great starting point. You still get to pick out wholesome ingredients at the grocery store and you still get "The Well Dog Nutrient Powder" to make sure your dogs' meals are balanced.
The Getting Started page gives you a great road map for what you need to equip your kitchen, preparation, transitioning to a new food, and more.