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Hills Prescription Diet Ld Liver Care Canned Dog Food

Hills Prescription Diet Ld Liver Care Canned Dog Food

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Hills Prescription Diet l/d Canine Hepatic Health is formulated to support dogs with liver disease.

The liver is an incredibly complex organ that performs approximately 1500 different essential biochemical functions. Among its many tasks, the liver is involved in the metabolism and digestion of protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins, as well as metabolism of drugs and production of important substances involved in blood clotting. It has an incredible capacity for regeneration and repair, but like any organ can develop disease and potentially failure.

Some Common Signs of Liver Disease

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Jaundice (yellow mucous membranes)
  • Stunted growth in young animals
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced appetite
  • Excessive salivation

There are a number of health conditions that may result in a dog developing liver disease. Common causes include chronic hepatitis, portosystemic vascular shunts (liver shunts), bile duct obstruction, breed related liver diseases and acute injury from toxins or drugs. While each disease process is treated differently, providing appropriate nutrition to support recovery and limit symptoms is always an important component.

Nutrition of dogs with liver disease aims to maintain normal metabolic function, correct nutrient imbalances, reduce toxic breakdown product accumulation and provide the necessary nutrients for repair and regeneration. It is important to ensure that dogs with liver disease have an adequate intake of energy which can become difficult to achieve as they often have a reduced appetite. To help with this, dogs with liver disease should be fed a diet that has a high energy density, to ensure that they are getting enough calories to maintain normal liver functions as well as enough energy for healing.

In some liver conditions, excess nitrogen from protein metabolism may accumulate and contribute to the formation of ammonia in the blood stream. If the levels of ammonia become too high, it can result in the development of a neurological complication called hepatic encephalopathy. Because of this, protein levels in diets for dogs with liver disease should be restricted, however they still need to provide adequate levels of protein for healing. This means that ideally the diet should contain a moderate level of protein.

In addition to considering protein and energy in diets for dogs with liver failure, antioxidants, sodium levels and carnitine should also be addressed. Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E may be beneficial in pets with liver disease. Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals, that can cause oxidative damage to liver cells resulting in further injury. Because liver failure may result in elevated blood pressure, dogs with liver failure should be fed a diet that is restricted in sodium. L-Carnitine is central to the process of fat metabolism in the liver, it may be deficient in some cases of liver disease, particularly if the pet is not eating. Adding L-Carnitine to the diet of pets with liver disease can help to ensure that fat metabolism is favoured over that of protein. This means that fewer waste products of protein metabolism are produced, reducing the risk of hepatic encephalopathy.

The liver has many important functions including removal of toxins from the bloodstream and metabolism of vital nutrients. It has an amazing capacity to repair itself when damaged, and l/d Hepatic Health is designed to support it during this process. L/d Hepatic health contains controlled levels of high quality protein to reduce the livers workload and help maintain normal function. It also contains l-carnitine to assist with normal fat metabolism and reduced sodium to control blood pressure. L/d is an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamins E and C, which help to protect liver cells and maintain a healthy immune system.

Key Benefits:

  • Moderate protein levels
  • Added L-Carnitine to support fat metabolism in the liver
  • Antioxidants like vitamin C & E to control cell oxidation and support the immune system
  • Reduced sodium to help maintain normal blood pressure.

Hills Prescription Diet Ld Liver Care Canned Dog Food

  • Protein Source:Chicken
  • Country of Manufacture:United States
  • Variety:Vet Diets
  • Breed Size:Medium
  • Conditions:Hepatic
  • Lifestage:Senior

Ingredients List

Water, Rice, Egg Product, Chicken Fat, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Chicken Liver Flavor, Corn Gluten Meal, Powered Cellulose, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Beet Pulp, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K)),L-Arginine, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, Taurine, minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, L-Tryptophan, Beta-Carotene.

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Feeding Guidelines

These are broad guidelines only, designed to assist with feeding your pet based on their weight, age and activity level. Always check the feeding charts on your pet's food packaging in conjunction with these feeding guidelines. Required amounts may differ between individual pets, and adjustments may be required to maintain optimal body weight.

Once or twice daily feeding is recommended for adult dogs, unless otherwise specified by your veterinarian. Puppies and kittens require feeding more regularly, with the total portion divided into three or four meals throughout the day. Ensure fresh water is available at all times.

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