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Liver Disease In Golden Retrievers

Liver Disease In Golden Retrievers
Liver Disease In Golden Retrievers

The liver is the second largest organ in Golden Retriever’s body. It performs about 1,500 essential functions in your Golden’s body. It is one of the four major organs that remove toxins from your dog. Liver disease in Golden Retrievers occurs when the liver is damaged.

The harder your dog’s liver has to work, the more likely it is to become damaged. 

In this article, we will go through all the causes and symptoms of liver disease in Golden Retrievers.

What Causes Liver Disease In Golden Retrievers?

Multiple factors can cause liver disease in dogs. It can be a genetic predisposition, or it can be caused by trauma or infection or simply a result of aging.

Here are some of the most common causes of liver disease:

  • Fatty foods
  • Leptospirosis
  • Untreated heartworms
  • Certain plants, herbs, and mushrooms
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreas problems
  • Molds that grow on corn

Symptoms Of Liver Disease In Golden Retrievers

Since liver disease symptoms are similar to those of other health issues, it can be quite hard to recognize them. Some of the most common symptoms of a diseased liver are:

  • Yellowish color of eyes, gums, or tongue
  • Seizures
  • Loss of appetite
  • The buildup of fluid in the belly
  • Blood in the urine or the stool
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Increased thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Dull eyes
  • Ligament and tendon issues
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or aggression

Treatment And Prevention

Treatment of your dog will be determined by the amount of the damaged liver has sustained. The vet will ask about your dog’s diet and medication, it may also perform blood tests, ultrasound, or X-ray scan to further investigate the exact state of your dog’s liver. After performed medical tests your vet will determine the course of action you have to take to resolve this problem.

There are many steps you can take to prevent liver disease in Golden Retrievers:

Remove unhealthy toxic food from your dog’s diet

This means no processed foods or food of questionable quality. You should feed your dog a fresh raw diet, a fresh gently cooked diet and food that has no synthetic vitamins.

Use supplements that will help the recovery of the liver

These supplements will help the liver to perform its function, which is breaking down fat-soluble toxins.

  • Glutathione
  • Milk Thistle
  • Phytoplankton
  • Antioxidants
  • Astaxanthin
  • Fresh vegetables and fruits


Our furry friends are exposed to all sorts of toxins in the environment and their food. This, of course, results in harder stress on the liver and can cause liver disease in Golden Retrievers.

As with many other health issues in Goldens, we as owners can prevent them if we provide a healthy diet, eliminate potential risks, and do yearly health check-ups. Remember, we are what we eat! This is also true for our dogs, so the best way to keep them healthy is to feed them healthy food.