The Dog Liver Disease (Yahoo) support group has well over a hundred members, all of whom have dogs with various degrees of liver disease, included Daisy, for whom this site was created.

The adorable Pomeranian below is Ritz. He was born on July 4th, 2006.

He has a form of liver disease called Microvascular Dysplasia (MVD). Normally blood going to the liver from other organs arrives in veins that branch into smaller and smaller vessels to reach the liver cells. MVD is the condition when these microscopic vessels are abnormal, resulting in a liver that cannot properly process toxins or make the proteins needed for healthy functioning and growth.

His doting mom, Stacy has had great results with the recommendations for diet and supplements from the DLD Support Group to improve Ritz’s symptoms and manage the condition.

In her words: “Our last liver panel and urinalysis were on November 25th [..] His liver enzymes were normal, his bile acids [were] down, and he had no crystals. This was the best we ever had!!!! [..] I owe everything to the group. I would not have known what to do without them (especially Olga who is my life saver and hero!!).”

Enjoy the photos!

Angel and Ritz when they were puppies

Angel and Ritz when they were puppies

Supposedly Pomeranian owners call this stage of hair growth the “puppy uglies”, but we’ve decided it’s ridiculously cute! His little buddy Angel is a Maltese.

Ritz and Jax looking good for Christmas 2008

Ritz and Jax looking good for Christmas 2008

This is what the filled out Pom coat looks like. Beautiful and yet, still so cute!

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