Denamarin for Dogs is an over-the-counter supplement to help improve liver function, used when recommended by a licensed veterinarian. It should not be used to prevent liver problems. It is intended for dogs who have diagnosed with liver disease.
Denamarin contains SAMe, which is short for S-adenosylmethionine. It also contains the anti-oxidant Silybin.
Denamarin raises liver enzyme levels and increases general liver functions so the liver can return to filtering toxins the way it should. The supplement can stop further liver damage and even reverse it if given early enough in the progression of the disease.
Denamarin is a tablet available in chewable and coated forms. The exact dosage will depend on your dog’s weight and age. The vet will tell you the number and time for administering the pills.
Follow the instructions carefully. Accidental overdosing of Denamarin can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
The medicine should be stored in a cool, dry place to prevent moisture damage.
- His stomach should be empty; dosing an hour or two before breakfast is ideal.
- Don’t break the pill up. Feed the entire pill at once.
- Water is okay before and after the dosing.
- If you miss a dose, give it right away. However, if it is close to the time for the next dose, just skip the dose that was missed. Don’t risk overdosing.
Don’t use Denamarin for Dogs if:
- Your vet hasn’t advised it.
- You only want to strengthen a healthy liver.
- Your dog is allergic to either ingredient.
Side Effects and Drug Interactions
Denamarin officially has no known side effects. Accidental overdose may cause vomiting and diarrhea, but will not cause any other damage if stopped immediately. Call your vet if your dog has any unexpected reactions.
Denamarin has not interacted with other medicines, so it is safe to use with other treatments.
Does it take Denamarin long to work?
That depends on the extent of liver disease. It can take 4 to 16 weeks. Your vet may monitor your dog’s progress through many channels, including blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds or occasionally a liver biopsy.
He may ask you about your pet’s appetite, energy levels, and mood.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is liver disease?
The liver filters out toxins before they can reach your dog’s bloodstream. When the liver isn’t working properly, these toxins get into his bloodstream.
The symptoms may vary widely. Dark urine, vomiting, diarrhea, yellowing skin or eyes, abdominal swelling, and exhaustion are a few signs.
Further liver damage can be stopped and current damage reversed if treated early enough.
What causes liver disease?
In dogs, liver problems may occur for a number a reasons. One of the most common is a nutritional deficit caused by worms. Diets with excessive starches and proteins may strain sensitive livers.
Acetaminophen may cause liver damage.
Certain dog breeds have proven to have a higher risk liver function issues. This includes Dobermans and Spaniels, as well as certain Terrier breeds, notably Yorkshire, Skye, West Highland, and Bedlington.
In rare instances, infections like canine adenovirus 1, leptospirosis, and infections canine hepatitis can cause liver damage.
Obese and diabetic dogs are more likely to develop liver disease.