Dog Liver Disease Treatment - Milk Thistle for Dog Liver Problems

By: Pet Wellbeing  09-12-2011

Description

Advice from Dr. Patricia Jordan, Veterinarian

The liver is essential for health, because it performs dozens of different functions in the body, including clearing out toxins. Yet liver disease (including cirrhosis) is one of the most common health problems in older dogs. It can damage all functions of the dog’s liver, with very harmful effects on their health.

Even dogs without liver disease may need support to detox prescription medications, which are often damaging to the liver. Milk Thistle is an excellent way for the liver to deal with this toxic load of medications., It is not contraindicated to any conventional medication and it is gentle enough for long-term use.

While the Milk Thistle sold in health stores is usually alcohol based and should not be given to dogs. PetWellbeing's Canine Milk Thistle is glycerine-based and safe for dogs.

Milk Thistle should be administered to every dog taking liver taxing medications and especially if the liver is damaged or diseased.

The active ingredients in Canine Milk Thistle are known collectively as silymarin.

These ingredients:

  • Help maintain the health of your dog’s liver.
  • Scavenge for harmful free radicals.
  • Help guard against toxins trying to bind to the dog’s liver.
  • Support the stability of liver membranes

Milk Thistle provides excellent health support when your dog isn't feeling well, to support his liver and help his recovery. As an anti-oxidant, silymarin is even more effective than vitamin E. It also helps support the production of new liver cells in dogs.

Milk Thistle is a especially useful health support when your dog is being treated with things like:

  • anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and corticosteroids (Prednisone)
  • chemotherapy drugs
  • Cyclosporine (Atopica)
  • Actigal
  • Imuran (Anathioprine)
  • Phenobarbital for seizures
  • trimethoprim/sulfa antibiotics
  • daily heartworm medications

An all natural herbal product, milk thistle is gentle enough for long-term use.

Healthy Tip from Dr. Jordan

Processed foods stress your dog’s liver as it attempts to detoxify the preservatives and other chemicals. Go organic! Avoid grains and focus on healthy proteins from free-range grass-fed animals. Green foods will help detoxify your dog’s liver. Expect your dog’s moods to be lifted as well!

Our customers have the last word…
“My dog Bingo has had a bad liver for a while now, probably from polluted water. We tried quite a few things to get him back to health but nothing seemed to work. Our vet is great and does everything he can. We decided to try something that wasn't full of chemicals, so went on the internet looking for a natural supplement. Luckily, we landed on your site and found Milk Thistle. It was within our price range, so we got it. The results were really great. Bingo reacted well to it, his liver condition has gradually improved and he has more energy than he has had for ages! Thank you for your help”
Katie in New Orleans, LA

 

"My dog, George is so much better on it. I really think that the Milk Thistle has helped with that immensely. He has never had the appetite that he now has. He is a runt sheltie and I used to have to almost beg him to eat; to hand feed him. He now relishes his meals and loves treats as well. He now is a slim 13 + lbs. Shelties normally weigh between 20 - 25 lbs. He is doing GREAT! I'm so glad I found you online!"
Ellen Davis

Reviews

11/8/2011

By ELW

from Atlanta, GA

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10/24/2011

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By Alisha

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10/17/2011

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

Will not be without it!

By Stephanie T

from Illinois, USA

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10/14/2011

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5.0

14 and still going strong!

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from Alexandria, PA

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10/10/2011

5.0

Will never be without this products

By Di the Pom Mom

from Sebastian Florida

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10/8/2011

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10/8/2011

5.0

Wonderful Product/ Natural Healer

By Jasmin

from New Smyrna Beach Florida

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10/5/2011

5.0

My dog's life was saved by Milk Thistle

By Vic, Beau's Mom

from Palm Desert, CA

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9/28/2011

5.0

Saved us from Surgery!

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9/13/2011

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5.0

THIS PRODUCT IS A LIFESAVER !!!

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9/12/2011

By Cocker LVR

from Exeter Maine

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I truly believe this product saved his life. He was losing weight and I was feeding him via a syringe. Today is the 7th days on MILK THISTLE and he just ate his supper. One very happy dog mom. I will recommend this product to everyone I meet.

The attached picture is Harley eating his first meal all my himself for the first time in 2 weeks.

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9/9/2011

By Amazed

from Montreal, QC

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9/2/2011

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

I would never be without milk thistle

By Mas the most

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8/25/2011

By Nin

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But, a good bit prior to her cancer diagnosis, she was found to have elevated liver enzymes and we started her on the usual SAMe that oft seems recommended. After some months, there was improvement, but nothing overly dramatic. We found this product and started up with it. After a few months, we had blood work done and her enzymes were within the normal range! We were amazed.

We now have another dog that has to go on milk thistle and this product is where we are starting this time.

8/22/2011

5.0

Helped my diabetic dog

By Nj

from PA

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8/15/2011

5.0

Best price on the internet, [..]

By ABBY"S OWNER

from Cleveland, OH

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8/15/2011

5.0

Restores liver function

By Lab momma

from Kent, Ohio

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8/10/2011

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8/7/2011

By Maggie's Mom Judy

from Taylor MI

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Dosage & Directions

To be given to pet twice daily. One drop for every 2 lb (1 kg) of body weight up to 50 lb (25 kg). Thereafter add one drop per additional 4 lb (2 kg). Please note that the product comes with an eye dropper to count out the drops. This dropper is marked at 0.5ML and 1ML. The 0.5ML line is equal to 10 drops. Product can be given with food or directly in the mouth with eye dropper.

Product will last for 6 months. Please refrigerate after opening.

Cautionary Notes

No known contraindications or side effects.  Information presented at PetWellbeing.com is for educational purposes only; statements about products and health conditions have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.

Ingredients

  • Milk Thistle - (active ingredients)
    • Flavonolignans Silybin,
    • Silychristin,
    • Silidianin.
  • Glycerin based

Questions & Answers

  • Question:

    My Vet recommended SAMe for my dog, i have been doing a lot of research for her liver, and have read a lot about the Milk Thistle. Can i give my 4yr. old puggle the SAMe and the Milk Thistle?

    Asked on 11/23/2011 by kathy from pittsburgh, pa

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      You can use the Milk Thistle in conjunction with the SAMe without any interactions.

      Answered on 11/23/2011 by Anonymous

  • Question:

    I was wondering if the supplement SAMe is the same as the Milk thistle, and what you meant by avoid grains, to get my dog to eat the cottage cheese my vet suggested, i gave it to her on Ritz multi-grain crackers, and was using multi-grain brown rice. Also what green foods do you suggest? MY dog is a 4 yr. old puggle, she had urinary tract ifection which somehow turned into her eyes/ears becoming jaundice and her not eating, and blood work showing liver damage. She has gotten better using the SAMe, but it has only been a few days. is there any test she should have besides blood work? Thank you for your time!!!!

    Asked on 11/20/2011 by Kathy from Pittsburgh, PA

    1 answer

  • Question:

    My dog ZsaZsa has been diagnosed with liver disease. She only weighs 2 lbs.Would I be able to count out the drop properly without overdosing her? How long would a bottle last her?

    Asked on 11/19/2011 by Anonymous from Niota Tn

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      The recommended dosage for Milk Thistle is 1 droplet for every 2 lbs of body weight. For her weight, she should be starting on a dosage of 1 droplet, twice a day. A droplet means a literal drop; the size of a rain drop. At this rate, the one bottle can last her up to 6 months refrigerated. Milk Thistle is a great supplement that has been used for both humans and animals to help treat liver disease and support liver health and functions. There are no known side effects nor contraindications for this.

      Answered on 11/21/2011 by Anonymous

  • Question:

    I have a three year old Italian Greyhound that was diagnosed with a portosystemic extrahapatic liver shunt. The surgery is very risky due to the size of the shunt not to mention extremely expensive. Will this product help him get his energy and appetite back to normal? He is losing weight drastically..Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Asked on 11/16/2011 by Concerned Mommy from Fort Lee, NJ

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      This product is for Pets that have liver health issues and may be beneficial. Milk Thistle is a very safe herb and can be used along side other supplements and conventional medications. Please consult with your Vet in regards to adding this to your pets daily routine.

      Answered on 11/17/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office

  • Question:

    my labradoodle has had inflamed ears (superbug infection) and recently had some seizures..vet thinks that liver is overworking. Dog is on meds Trying to alter diet ("Cool" foods) and turtle shell and hepagen. Is there any evidence that using milk thistle will help in detox to minimize or possibly eliminate seizures? Please advise

    Asked on 11/16/2011 by tweet from white plains, NY

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      Milk Thistle is known to help with liver disease and the symptoms associated with it. There is no known evidence that it can eliminate seizures and I would suggest posing this question to you Vet for more information.

      Answered on 11/17/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office

  • Question:

    what is the dosing size for dogs? Anything I ought to be watchful for?

    Asked on 11/12/2011 by Frank from Grand Rapids, Mi

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      To be given to pet twice daily. One drop for every 2 lb (1 kg) of body weight up to 50 lb (25 kg). Thereafter add one drop per additional 4 lb (2 kg). Please note that the product comes with an eye dropper to count out the drops. This dropper is marked at 0.5ML and 1ML. The 0.5ML line is equal to 10 drops. Product can be given with food or directly in the mouth with eye dropper:

      One of the things you do want to watch for is that your pet gets the full dosage. If you are adding to food, ensure that your pet is eating all of the food as so getting the complete dosage. We do not suggest adding it to kibble that will be left out all day for the pet to graze on or to water, as there is no way to know if the pet received the full dosage.

      Answered on 11/15/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office

  • Question:

    My dog was diagnosed with a possible liver disease. Her liver enzymes were elevated, so is this what she needs to support her liver, if so, does it come in a tablet form? If not, how much do I give my 20 lbs dog if I were to buy the liquid form? Thank you so much.

    Asked on 11/11/2011 by Anonymous from Vancouver, WA

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      Yes, Milk Thistle is definitely the best product for providing support to the liver - especially in animal's with liver disease/failure. This product only comes in the liquid form, which is absorbed more rapidly than it's tablet counterpart. The appropriate dosage can be added onto your pet's food or administered directly into her mouth. For a 20 lb dog, she should be getting at least 10 drops (0.5 mL) twice per day for best results. This is completely safe to take as a daily supplement and treatment, and the best results are seen over a continuous, long-term usage.

      Answered on 11/12/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office

  • Question:

    The vet recommended a dosage of 30-40 mg. I do not see what your product contains. My dog weighs 25 pounds (and should weigh closer to 20).

    Asked on 11/11/2011 by Lisa from Austin, TX

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      Our Milk Thistle is administered according to weight. If your dog weight 25 pounds you would need to administer 13 droplets into his/hers food or directly into his/hers mouth. Our Milk Thistle product is 10mg / drop so that would work out to 130mg 2x per day for your dog. You can read more about ingredients and dosage here:

      Answered on 11/14/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office

  • Question:

    My dog is approx. 83 lbs. Would I be giving her 41 drops twice a day? How long would a bottle of milk thistle last at this rate?

    Asked on 11/10/2011 by Anonymous

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      The recommended dosage for an 83 lb animal is to administer at least 35 drops (1.5 mL) , twice per day - 1 droplet for every 2 lbs of body weight up to 50 lbs, and 1 drop for everly 4 lbs of body weight thereafter. It is safe to add in several additional droplets as well, as the herbs do have a fairly high safety factor (although it is not recommended to double the dosage). One bottle of Milk Thistle would last approximately 1 month at this dosage.

      Answered on 11/11/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office

  • Question:

    how many drops will I need to add to Shadows food, he is mini schnauzer and weighs in at 24 pounds. His liver count was up at the vet and they recommended SamE or the other that is so expensive we are not sure if we can afford it. Would like to know before I purchase, I tried the pill way but he won't take it and they said NOT to crush the pills..

    Asked on 11/10/2011 by Cindy from Raleigh, NC

    1 answer

    • Answer:

      For a 24 pound dog you would be giving 12 drops twice a day. 0.5 ml is equal to 10 drops. This means you would be giving approximately 1.25 ml per day. Each bottle is 100 ml. This means the bottle would last you over 2 months.

      Answered on 11/10/2011 by Customer Care from CSR Office


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