Liver diseases occur for a variety of reasons in pets – either from primary liver disease (which may include bacterial infections, Leptospirosis infections, toxins and immune-mediated hepatitis to name a few) or from diseases of other body systems (such as gall bladder disease and pancreatic disease). The nice thing about the liver is it does have some regenerative capacity and can repair itself over time, allowing a complete recovery.
Only your veterinarian can diagnose your pet with liver disease and determine the underlying pathology along with prescribing specific treatment such as immunosuppressives or antibiotics. Liver supplementation medications such as Denamarin can make a world of difference as well and sometimes can be helpful in eliminating liver disease by itself without the addition of more “potent” drugs. Usually, bloodwork is necessary to determine if liver disease is present, however your veterinarian may choose to perform imaging such as x-rays or ultrasounds as well. Sometimes liver biopsies are required to determine the type of liver disease present.
The primary ingredient in Denamarin is S-adenosylmethionine (also called Sam-E), this is a precursor for a compound called glutathione, which acts together with other compounds in the body as a potent anti-oxidant that may be helpful in repairing and preventing death of liver cells. Denamarin also contains a second product, Silybin, which is derived from milk thistle. Silybin is another compound that helps support normal liver health and repair. The combination of these two medications, sometimes with Vitamin E, can do a lot to help a liver repair itself from a variety of mild to severe liver conditions.
Denamarin comes in tablets for both cats and dogs of all sizes as well as a chewable tablet for dogs, making it easy to administer. Denamarin has very few (if any) side effects and can provide much needed support for a variety of liver diseases!