The liver plays many important roles in the body, one of which is to help your pet digest the food she eats by manufacturing and secreting bile. Bile is a greenish brown fluid that travels from the liver through the biliary ducts to the gallbladder, where it’s stored until it’s needed by the intestines.
Cholangiohepatitis is a word that describes inflammation of the liver and bile ducts. This condition is seen less often in dogs than cats, and is a common cause of feline liver disease, especially in the Himalayan, Persian, and Siamese breeds.
Cholangiohepatitis and hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) make up about two-thirds of all liver disease in cats.
- Symptoms of cholangiohepatitis depend on the form it takes, and include fever, a swollen and painful abdomen, dehydration, lack of energy and appetite, and intermittent vomiting.
- Also if your cat has IBD this may be part of the issue Most cats with cholangiohepatitis also have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — about 80 percent according to one study. Many also have pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas.
The Liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body.
In TCM the liver has many responsibilities a few of them are:
detoxing the body
harmonious flow of chi
controlling the sinews
liver opens to the eye
Also the emotion attributed to liver is anger or frustration
For more information click on the link below. Also here are a few points to help support liver function.
Cats have no carb requirement whatsoever. So kibble can be a huge contributor to Cholangiohepatitis as most have at least 45% starch which is a carb. Cats are also obligatory carnivores so they need high quality human grade meat sources in their diet .
SP6 Approximately one fingers above the medial malleolus or ankle bone this point is on the bone so just follow it up one finger widths on the inside of the back leg. This is a great point to increase blood flow and healing. It also reduces inflammation also great support for liver kidney and spleen.
LIV3 between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones Removes toxins from the body good for immune Most importantly it balances and supports the liver