American Cocker Spaniel With Hepatitis

Updated On 04-Mar-2021 By Dr. Susanna

A reader wrote in about her dog Dice and the problems around Dice's health, and his feeding.

My dog Dice has just been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis after a routine blood test, pre-dental by his specialist as he has canine chronic ulcerative stomatitis (CCUS) which was diagnosed five years ago. He then had relevant tests and scans which revealed chronic hepatitis. I want to do the best I can for him so Katie McCaul, pet nutritionist, referred me to you to help.

Unfortunately Dice has an extremely sensitive digestion. He is fed a raw diet of Natural Instinct turkey and tripe and I add Green Lipped Mussel and a Joint Plus HA formula, NWC Total-Biotics and Total-Zymes, Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother and Diatomaceous Earth pre-diagnosis of liver problem.

My vet prescribed steroids, Destolit and Denamarin for six weeks. But blood test improvement was not as expected so introduced Sporimune to then gradually reduce steroids. But during this time Dice's stools gradually became looser so vet advised reducing to stop all meds. Tested stools which all was clear, so waited until stools returned to normal then restarted one medication at a time. Started with Sporimune. After 4 days Dice was back to the runs so as from today we stopped again, and in a few days will talk with vet to devise a plan.

During this time, Sept-Now Dice's weight has gone from 12.6kg to 12kg not sure what else you need.

I welcome suggestions along with Katie's.

Dr Susanna's Response

You have an amazing array of supplements there! Could you write for each supplement, why you are using it? I am not convinced about the benefits of giving apple cider vinegar to anyone, so would probably suggest reducing  or eliminating that. I think it can be a bit of an irritant.

You don't seem to have a source of supplemental antioxidants, critically important for Dice's situation ... and for all of us actually! That's the beauty of PET Plus. It's all there in one place, with whole food, natural ingredients. Looking forward to your reply.

Helens' Response

Thanks for your response. The reason I have given my dogs those supplements is because I wanted to do the best I could for them in the most natural way. I thought I was covering all the bases but apparently I'm not.

I have just changed over to Canine Prime supplements as it was becoming very difficult and expensive to import the NWC Naturals. Also with Katie's advice I'm adding Vit B complex, berries, sweet potato, broccoli, organic barley grass powder, krill powder and possibly coconut oil to help with weight gain, to his diet of turkey and tripe.

Regarding the apple cider vinegar I only add 1 teaspoon to their filtered drinking water. You obviously believe that a change to your PET Plus will benefit Dice which I'm more than happy to do. In regards to your supplement do you still add fruit and greens? I welcome your thoughts.

Dr Susanna's Response

Thanks for the information. I would love to email Katie as she maybe doesn't know about PET Plus! It has everything in it that you need! The two supplements for which you sent me the details are OK. Green lipped mussel is the cleanest of all the filthy sea creatures (poor souls living in our sewage and garbage ... but I would never eat them or give them to my pets!)

The other is a chemical concoction which is a challenge for the liver and kidneys to deal with. Anything that is not 100% natural is difficult for the body. 

Never add anything with carbohydrates (e.g. fruits and root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes....) to the raw meat and bone and offal and organ meats and fish. Only add blended greens, like celery, spinach, broccoli etc.

Sweet potato, carrot, apple, pear are great but not with the meat. Need to leave at least 2 hours between them. Best is to give the root veg and fruits in the morning, on an empty stomach. Then a few hours later, give the meat etc.

Coconut oil is great. You can mix it with the meat, but most dogs and even cats love to lick it off your fingers, the floor, a spoon ... delicious! Just keep it as simple and natural as possible. It's much easier for the body. Have a look at my website and see what's in PET Plus and why. Hope that helps.

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