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Dog With Chronic Hepatitis

Last Updated : 13-Nov-2022

My dog Dice has been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis after a routine pre-dental blood test by his specialist as he has canine chronic ulcerative stomatitis which was diagnosed 5 years ago.  He then had relevant tests and scans showing chronic hepatitis.   I want to do the best I can for him so Katie McCaul pet nutritionist referred me to you for help.

Unfortunately, Dice has extremely sensitive digestion.  He is fed a raw diet of Turkey and Tripe and I add Riaflex Green Lipped Muscle and their Joint Plus HA, NWC Total-Biotic, Total-Zymes, Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother and Diametaous Earth.

My vet prescribed steroids, Destolit and Denamarin awaiting a 6-week blood test improvement. It was not as expected so introduced Spiroimune 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 all was clear, so waited until the stools returned to normal then restarted one med at a time.  Started with Spiroimune after 4 days back to the runs so as of today we stopped again in a few days will talk with the vet for a plan.

During this time, a period of 4 months, Dice’s weight has gone from 12.6kg to 12kg not sure what else you need.  I welcome suggestions.

The reason I give those supplements was 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 wasn’t.  I have just changed over to Canine Prime supplements as it was becoming very difficult and expensive to import the NWC Naturals.  Also I’m adding Vitamin B complex, Berries, Sweet potato, Broccoli, Organic Barley grass powder and Krill powder and possibly Coconut oil to help with weight gain to his diet of Turkey and Tripe.  I only add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to their filtered drinking water.

You obviously believe that using PET Plus will benefit Dice which I’m more than happy to do. I have attached the breakdown on some of the supplements. In regards to your supplement do you still add fruit and greens? I welcome your thoughts.

PET Plus Vet Reader : Helen

Dr Susanna's Response

You have an amazing array of supplements there.    I am not convinced of the benefits of giving apple cider vinegar to anyone, so would probably suggest reducing/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.  That’s the beauty of PET Plus.  It’s all there in one place, with whole food, and natural ingredients.

The 2 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.  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.

What do you mean by  “In regards to your supplement do you still add fruit and greens?”  Do you mean to the diet?

OK. Never add anything with carbohydrates (e.g. fruits and root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes) to the raw mea, bone, offal, fish and organ meats. Only add blended greens, like celery, spinach, broccoli etc.Sweet potato, carrot, apple, pear are great but not with the meat. You need to leave at least 2 hours between them. It is best to give the root vegetables and fruits in the morning, on an empty stomach. Then a few hours later, give the meat.

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.