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What is Denosyl Used For?

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The liver is a vital organ that detoxifies the body, synthesizes proteins, and produces bile and other chemicals necessary for digestion. A healthy liver is therefore essential to your pet’s wellbeing. Though the liver itself removes toxins from the body, it also heavily relies on the antioxidant glutathione to filter toxins that might otherwise damage hepatic cells. In fact, low levels of glutathione have been connected to diminished liver function in cats and dogs alike.

Diminished liver function can cause overall health to deteriorate and cause hemolytic anemia, ataxia, and seizures. To prevent glutathione deficiencies from endangering your pet, Denosyl aims to prevent shortages of glutathione to ensure that the liver continues to function properly. However, increasing glutathione levels in the liver is not as simple as adding more of the antioxidant to your pet's diet.

When administered in the diet, glutathione will ften go to waste; in order to supply the liver with glutathione, S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) must be ingested instead. The liver metabolizes SAMe into glutathione and other byproducts, producing a much more bioavailable source of the antioxidant. To this effect, Denosyl provides a dietary source of SAMe to increase the level of glutathione available in the liver. Additionally, this compound is used by the body to produce serotonin, melatonin and dopamine in the brain. In fact, a shortage of SAMe has been linked to incidents of Alzheimer's and depression.

SAMe and Denosyl Indications

SAMe is found in the cerebrospinal fluid that protects the brain. This fluid not only protects the brain during head injuries, but it also allows the brain to function properly. The concentration of SAMe in this cerebrospinal fluid tends to decrease with age; it is through this close relation that SAMe impacts the brain.

Though liver and brain maintenance are appropriate for all pets, some indications may help pet owners determine whether or their pet needs Denosyl. It is important to treat pets with indications of liver distress or liver failure immediately. Early symptoms of liver failure include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic and intermittent vomiting and diarrhea
  • Excessive drinking and urination
  • These symptoms, though nonspecific, might indicate the onset of liver disease. As the condition progresses, and the liver swells and suffers from cell attrition, it can develop into cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatic encephalopathy, or a variety of other conditions. These conditions vary in their severity from those that are easily treatable to those that are fatal. As each can be caused by liver distress, it’s important to prevent these conditions before they develop.

    Denosyl and Your Pet

    To prevent these conditions, Denosyl should be used at the first indications of liver distress. As its symptoms are general, it is important to check with a veterinarian before attempting to treat these symptoms to properly identify the problem. If indeed it is liver-related, Denosyl can be extremely helpful. Fortunately for Denosyl users, there are no known side effects of using the supplement- so cautious pet owners can protect their pet’s liver and brain before any signs of distress are observed, if they so choose.

    Denosyl is available as traditional tablets for cats and dogs or as chewable tablets for dogs. Formulations of Denosyl are also specific to your pet’s weight to ensure that each dosage is appropriate for your pet. For more information on Denosyl, check out a series of helpful product reviews at the link below:

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