Bischon has liver disease...
I am in the process of getting conclusive blood work for my 3-year old bischon to see if the levels in her liver count are attributed to diet. She doesn't appear to have the clinical signs suggested but does have seizures ONLY when stressed (ie going to a vet or groomers ... leaving home). Otherwise, she looks and behaves quite healthy. I have researched and found that her diet should be of reduced protein and this may produce a prolonged and healthy life. Does anyone have experience with this?
Thanks in advance,
I had a dog with compromised liver function. Our vet put her on Science Diet k-d and l-d (kidney and liver diet, they are almost identical, but some dogs prefer k-d) and suggested I put her on Sam-e. She also took a non steriodal anti-inflammatory drug daily which causes further liver problems. I had blood work done every six months during this regime and her liver either showed improvement or no change. She was about 11 when she went on this program. I believe that both the food and the supplement helped. The food is a quality of protein that is easier for their livers to process. I ordered the Sam-e from entirelypets.com. Good luck!
Well, not to be a contrarian, but have you looked at the ingredients of those Hills Pet/Science Diet prescription foods? Some of them have "egg product" whatever that is and soybean meal as their main protein source. Not all dogs tolerate soy protein well and "soybean meal" is "obtained by grinding the flakes which remain after removal of most of the oil from soybeans by a solvent or mechanical extraction process" according to the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control). It has a biologic value of less than 50% of chicken meal.
A couple of those had corn gluten in them, a filler and a binder which serves no nutritional value and one of those had corn starch!
As I posted on another forum, please do yourself and your companion animal a favor and look over the following website. It should server as a real eye opener as far as what you're feeding your pet companion.
Along the same lines as what Zemphira pointed out, I would recommend checking out these links regarding what's REALLY in most every commercial dry kibble, including the ones most vets sell (they are getting paid/kickbacks for selling those products), and true health/nutrition for our pets:
If you have to feed a dry kibble to your pet, I would recommend Evo: http://www.evopet.com/
Human grade meats, fruits and veggies, no grain, no by-products.
Best wishes for a happy recovery for your Bischon! :)
Thanks to all you for the wonderul support and information. Today, my bischon, "Dakota" is getting additional bloodwork. I will be doing research on those websites you all provided while she is away. I'll tell you, though, for a 3-year-old, I cannot tell she has any underlying problem (other than seizures that manifest only when taken out of the home).
Thanks again to all.