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Liver Disease Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 14, 2015

Your dog's liver is a critical organ within his or her body and performs at least 500 different jobs. The liver helps by removing waste from the blood, stores and disperses nutrients, regulates temperature and body circulation, works to help with metabolism, digestion and detoxifies drugs and toxins within the body.  Without a properly functioning liver the body will begin to shut down and stop working the way that it should. 

Unfortunately there are many types of medically related problems that can cause liver disease in our dogs, such as a viral infection that caused the liver to become inflamed, deterioration of liver cells or tissues, chronic hepatitis, cancer and several more.  Additionally there are many specific breeds of dogs that are more prone to develop liver disease such as the, Australian Cattle dog, Bernese Mountain dog, Boxer, Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua, Doberman Pinscher, Golden Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Keeshond, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Pomeranian, Pug, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Sheepdog, Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier.

Many pet owners whose dog suffers from liver disease do not have success with traditional medical therapy and fear that there are no other options for treatment.  However, it has been proven that with the help of a great holistic veterinarian, even extremely damaged livers can be restored to health.

Depending on the exact cause and condition of the liver disease, a holistic therapy to treat the problem might include Milk Thistle and Alpha Lipoic Acid, both of which are nutrients that can help to restore a damaged liver.  The milk thistle contains properties that stimulate new cell production and protect liver cells from damage.  The alpha lipoic acid promotes antioxidants and helps with detoxification.

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Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by bb122467 (Orpington Kent, United Kingdom) on 05/24/2009

I have a 4 year old maltese who has a liver problem. I am searching for a remedy that could help him improve his liver condition. I've read from your site about ACV. Has anyone tried ACV to cure liver problem in dogs. Please help me my maltese means so much to me.

Replied by Sumana
Moscow, Russia

I have yorkshire terrier which is suffering from bad liver condition he also vomit sometimes which contain little amount of blood but not often, but he is very active. Now according to doctor, recommends I am giving him royal canine hepatic food. But he don't like it. So I want to know, is there any other homemade which I can give him and if there is any medicine yes which can protect his liver?
Replied by Yorkie Mom
Anaheim, Ca

Feeding them 4 smaller meals daily instead of 2 big ones helps lighten the load on their liver. If you can find a holistic vet, use them instead. They are so much more knowledgeable and can restore your pet's health. Feed a high quality diet - we use a Liver Cleansing Diet - you can find it online. We give our Yorkie the following supplements daily - milk thistle, SamE, vitamin E, Denamarin or Denosyl. You can also find liquid extracts made for pets online that have a number of herbs and natural remedies for the liver. These work and should be given daily. No beef or red meat. Eggs and cottage cheese are easier for them to digest. Cod or white fish is excellent. Cooked white meat chicken is also good but some liver dogs can't tolerate it. You want to reduce their protein until the liver is healed. The diet we've been feeding is about 23% protein, with the rest being cooked oatmeal (type that takes 5 mins to cook) and a veggie that is good for the liver (spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, cucumber, kale, carrots, squash and some beets - not to much of this as it can cause diarrhea). Read about their liver on If the liver isn't too badly damaged, it can heal in about 2-3 months on this protocol. NO toxic chemicals like flea products - this will only further damage their liver. Filtered water or spring water only and be sure they get plenty daily. Add to their food to help get more into them.

Posted by Deirdre (Newport, RI) on 12/05/2008

i have a four month old bernese mountain dog that won't eat a thing! we've even tried getting him to drink Ensure shakes, just to get some nourishment into him. the vet thinks it may be his liver; either and infection, malformation, shunt, etc. we just got him 2 weeks ago, and we've already spent twice what we paid for him in medical bills. My boyfriend and I are emotionally and financially exhausted, and desperate for help. Please, anyone... what do we do?

Replied by Jean
Cerritos, CA

[YEA]   Our4 pound Yorkie after surgery wouldn't eat for days and the vet said we couldn't bring her home until she would eat. Our dear friend and Chiropractor told us to take to the vet equal amounts of ACV and water and give to her as he felt she might have streph throat. It worked right away and she ate all of the food I had in my hand and wanted more. Our vet said you never heard of streph stomach as it has the stomach acid in it. Hope this helps. Blessings. Jean
Replied by Deirdre
Newport, RI

Jean from Cerritos - thank you so much for your prompt response, but i'm not sure i'm following you. did your dog have strep throat, or strep stomach? the vets think our pup may have a liver shunt. would apple cider vinegar help, and why? how much should i give him? we've been giving him antibiotics, supplements and appetite stimulants to no avail. he starts to take an interest in food; he comes, smells it, licks and then backs off, as if he's afraid of the food. i recently gotten him to eat baby food rice cereal. we're just worried because the next step is to see a specialist. they will perform another ultrasound and biopsy to hopefully determine once and for all what is wrong with him. if it does turn out to be a shunt, he's expected to be put on a special diet and medication. i'm interested in the ACV and any other homeopathic remedies that may help. thanks!
Replied by June
Wichita, KS

to Deirdre: what brand of food are you feeding your dog? It might be one of the ingredients in the food that's turning him off. I would try either switching to another high grade food brand or giving him human food like boiled chicken and rice for a few days. If he eats the human food, then very possible it's something in the kibble that he doesn't like.

I had a dog who hardly ever ate as well... a malamute. I had to coax him every meal. He was a really finicky eater - the worst ever! I ended up doing Pat McKay's diet (reigning cats and dogs book). He wouldn't eat the raw stuff, but if I cooked it slightly he would eat it. I spent years working on this issue and my friends would laugh at me when they saw me putting food on a spoon to feed him. The thing is that he wouldn't eat and then he would throw up stomach acid all over the carpet. He lived to be 14 by the way.

Hopefully it's not a liver issue but a food one. Let us know how it goes.

Replied by James Sesame
State College, PA

this dog's gut functions/flora is destroyed by antibiotics. Use good therapeutic clay (Aztec Secret & others) or frest earth 1T in bowl of water & let dog drink daily until bowel flora is restored, then he/she will be well. Find good earth or clay or both for your dog. Either will kill unfriendly antibiotic resistant organisms (AROs, my term, like MRSA, PRSA, and many more to come) It will restore gut flora & that will do the rest.

All diseases originate in the gut. Hippocrates (460-370bc)

"The primary seat of insanity generally is in the region of the stomach & intestines." French psychiatrist & father of modern psychiatry, Phillipe Pinel (1745-1828)

And I would add, the gut is the primary seat of all acute & chronic physical diseases, including the so-called 'genetic' & those mysterious diseases like Autism that "always existed but are only now being diagnosed as such!" as the "experts" are now claiming (hogwash). Bowel flora is 85% of our brain & our immune system. When healthy it protects us against everything except industrial transfats (natural transfats, as in real butter, are healthy) Our bodies have no way to detect or protect against artificially hardened vegetable fats, transfats. Lard & coconut oil in the markets are now being hydrogenated, the Big Names do this. Big Food, Big Drug & Big Money - Big Gov. are not your best friends. Industrial Fake Fats become part of our structure, as in cell walls & inner structures, & these then malfunction, as in receptor sites & transmitter sites, & organelles. Trans fats started with margarine & Crisco, & are the biggest food nightmare & disease epidemic & plague ever to visit the human race. Then come antibiotics & birthcontrol pills & other drugs, which destroy gut flora, or allow gut flora destruction to proceed unchecked, while chasing symptoms around using natural or allopathic methods.

Replied by Jean
Cerritos, CA

Jean again. I'm sorry I didn't make myself very clear. Our Yorkie had surgery and afterwards wouldn't eat and the Vet would not let me bring her home until she ate. Our Chiropractor told me that sometimes that condition is due to streph throat. He said you never hear people having streph condition in their stomach as the stomach acid takes care of that.

He had me take equal amounts of AVC and water, give it to her from a syringe and immediately she ate everything I had and wanted more food.

Your condition might be far more serious than ours.

Last week another health issue and a large vet bill. Drainage from an ear infection irritated her throat to the point where she scratched it almost raw. ACV took care of that. I hope you find a solution from your questions as you seemed to get good advice. Blessings, Jean

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Replied by Sarah
La, Ca

Have you tried nutrical? You can get at Petco- out dog will lick this up even when ill- & it's high nutrient and high calorie. Have you treated for worms? Try diatomaceous earth- mixed in food or liquid if dog won't eat. Also have ur get checked for liver shunt.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil   0  0   

Posted by Linda (Tampa, Florida) on 03/03/2013

Does anyone know how much Apple Cider Vinegar and coconut oil I would give my 8 lb 5oz chihuahua that has elevated liver enzymes and beginning of formation of struvite crystals? She has had hepatitis before and was on flagyl antibiotics.

Chlorophyll, Milk Thistle   1  0   

Posted by Melisa (Jacksonville , FL) on 12/11/2008

[YEA]  Our little Molly, a four pound, 11 month Maltese, Yorkie (Morkie) is allergic to ants. We found out after she had a severe allergic reaction and we almost lost her at 6 months. The vets said her liver panels were extremely elevated and that she would have to stay on medicine for the rest of her life, I refused to accept that and began putting Chlorophyll (liquid) in her water, and giving her liquid Milk Thistle. Two months later her panels were all normal! No more meds!!! Chlorophyll is a natural blood purifier and can be given for life, there really is no "dosage" just add it to your pets water, it will make it green and give it a minty flavor. Milk Thistle in the liquid the "dosage" is for a 150 pound person, just adjust accordingly.

DMSO   0  0   

Posted by Guardian (of Many Pets) (Southern California, US) on 11/03/2014

DMSO combined with ionic silver saved my cat's life more than once. My vet accidentally poisoned my cat with Methimazole (seemed the only option for controlling hyperthyroidism after other options failed). I researched DMSO and it's relation to the liver and found it could possibly help the body detoxify and take the load off of the liver and would reduce inflammation. 2-3 days on DMSO and cholestasis reversed, liver values improved, appetite returned, and kitty was happy again.

I am now looking for a safe dose for subcutaneous (much diluted in her daily fluids to 2 or 4%) AND IV administration of DMSO. Topical isn't very practical and it bothers her. The wonderful thing is about 40 minutes after she has a topical application, she is purring and obviously feels better than before the application.

I am not finding much information about SQ dosing except in concentrations higher than 30% which isn't well-tolerated. I would love to know if anyone has experience using it IV or SQ in a cat, dog or human and can share dosages. PLEASE help me help my cat and other animals who need my healing.


Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

Hi, Guardian (of many pets) --- DMSO Dr. Stanley W Jacob web site. He is the father of DMSO.

I thought that DMSO should never be injected. However, do peruse the web site.

Otherwise I use drops of milk thistle on the tongue or by syringe.

Namaste, Om

Enlarged Liver Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Amore (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 05/29/2013

Hi everyone, I am looking for something new to give to my 13 year old Jack Russell mix who has an enlarged liver and arthritis. For the enlarged liver, I give her a mushroom pill, few drops of milk thistle and blessed thistle, along with Flor Essence tea and Denesyl. She is also on a mostly raw food diet. I've lowered the amount of protein she gets and load up on raw veggies rehydrated.

She recovered from the Remodoyl meds that created the enlarged liver and almost killed her, back in 2009. Her liver enzymes are close to normal again with this regime. But she still has a huge belly that causes her discomfort. Vet said liver functioning okay for now, despite the size.

But I need a way to shrink the liver back to normal size. I've read about Vitamin B and Essiac Tea; however, the tea is the same as Flor Essence, and she is already on multi vitamins.

I won't go into all the stuff I do for her arthritis, as I am focusing on the enlarged liver for now.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks. Patrice

Replied by Paula
Los Angeles, California

Hi Patrice,

Did you ever find anything to help shrink your dog's liver? My 10 yr old beagle has an enlarged liver 3xs normal size (ultrasound). Her blood work all comes back normal. And she is acting fine. Starving as always... but her enlarged belly sometimes pushes on her diaphragm and she struggles to breathe. The two vets she has seen seem stumped. Suggested taking a sample of her liver? I am not putting her through that. I am hoping for some good advice? Maybe the Milk thistle? Did anything help shrink your dog's liver?

Thanks! Paula

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Dear Paula --- one item I can suggest from experience is Milk Thistle tincture. For years I thought because of the alcohol content it was not advisable for pets.

But one day I did give it to a cat that really needed liver treatment. And it worked. I made silent eye contact and she took it even though she was a bit overcome from the taste. But I still give it to her in a slim syringe and if I keep up with this, the stool looks much better. In addition this condition calls for probiotics. She is also doing better.

Leaving the tincture to evaporate, the remedy becomes ineffective. Milk thistle is still a major powerful remedy. But I would research on EC under ailments or liver what can be added.

All the best. Namaste, Om

Liver Shunt Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Sarah (La, Ca) on 05/16/2013

Hi- I just wanted to include a post in this forum to make people aware of liver shunts. We have a 5 lb chihuahua, that we've had in the ER 3 times in the 2.5 yrs we've had her. I FINALLY FINALLY figured out what's wrong: she has a liver shunt. Here we're her symptoms. At the time a was desperate for info but had a hard time coming up w a diagnosis, and now it seems so obvious. Loni started acting really strange- she seemed disoriented, couldn't walk, list depth perception, seemed blind... Honestly she looked like she was on drugs. She syarted having mild seizures (eyes rolling back, floating, etc) She spent 3 days in vet ER, thy deduced that she ate some kind of toxin (like a dropped pill or something). This happened several more times over the next year. We finally realized it happened after we fed her meet. Now I know that it is a liver shunt. If your dog is exhibiting weird symptoms- look up "Liver Shunt" online. And treat it- once we figured it out our vet acted like it was no big deal and didn't give any instruction- just said if got worse to have surgery. Loni has continued to have mild symptoms for the past year. Now we know what todo and will start her on diet and supp protocol. Also Google "Ginger the Yorkie w liver shunt on YouTube)... This is the best example of a dog with liver problems and a liver shunt. I wish my vet had seen it :-/

Milk Thistle   2  1   

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc. Canada) on 06/15/2014

[YEA]  Hi Theresa. Thank you for your advice on using Berberine homeopathic remedy for liver issues.

I ran to the health food store which was closed. Not to lose time, I decided to use Milk Thistle tincture which I always keep, even though I always had concerns how pets would react to the alcohol content. If the alcohol is left to dissipate, the remedy would not be potent. Tinctures are the most potent and pure herbal treatments.

So I put a few drops with water into a syringe which would give enough for four hourly applications. I was not too scientific about it. It is a week later and Katchina cat is doing so much better; her coat is improving, she is not crying so much and her stool has normal colour.

She is not vomiting but I have to monitor her volume of food, spaced out to prevent indigestion.

So I gave hourly one cc the first two days and then three times a day and now twice one cc at a time. I did nothing during night time.

When I give her the medicine I make eye contact and she understands. Its a split second of strong med. and it is over.

I am delighted and know I can use hawthorn tinctures, etc. in future on cats and dogs. I use the one from V... in Switzerland. I thought I let you know the good news as well for EC visitors trying to help their pets. This is very affordable and I have used this for myself for many years. Actually, I thought that it might have been too late but it turned out surprisingly well. What a relief!

Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Om!

I too worry about tincts with alcohol, but desperate times call for desperate measures - and so glad your kitty found relief!

Posted by CARA (PHARR, TEXAS, USA) on 04/09/2009


Posted by Ashley (Palm Desert, CA) on 10/06/2008

[YEA]  I have a 3 lb yorkie that was diagnosed with LIVER DISEASE. He is 7 years old and has always been healthy up until the past year. In the past year, he has has had chronic bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. His digestive system was so irritated that the walls of the g.i. tract had tripled in size with scar tissue. We had countless visits to the vet and tried various medicines and diets. Nothing seemed to work. The veterinarian said our options were to have part of his liver removed or to have him put down. After reading the posts on liver disease and milk thistle I decided to try it. I quit using all the other medications and I started adding a small amount of MILK THISTLE to his special diet (Hill's K/D Prescription Diet). I used the formula in the postings of 125 MG per 25 lbs of body weight. Basically I give him a small pinch of milk thistle about the half the size of a dime. My husband was skeptical but we were desperate for anything that would make our precious yorkie feel better. His health has improved dramatically. He is back to his perky self. He has no vomiting and no diarrhea. He eats all of his food twice a day whereas before he would go days without eating. We use the Solaray Milk Thistle Extract capsules and open about 20 up at once to create a small bowl of powder so it is handy at meal times. We bought them at a health food store. I hope this post helps someone else!

Replied by Kate
Jackson, Ohio

I have a six pound Yorkie and when he gets the diarrhea I cook up plain spaghetti pasta, cool, and cut into bite size and feed him only that if it's really bad. If it's the first loose stool, I just add it to his diet. He really likes it, so that helps. He's 10 now and can still run faster than I can. This may not exactly help the liver, but it may soothe the digestive system in the meantime while the Milk Thistle cleanses the liver. Hoping your Yorkie feels better.
Replied by Prishen
Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

How much of milk thistle must we use? Please people; kindly be extremely specific in terms of dosages to help other desperate folks like me.

If you can also provide your numbers so we can call you as in some cases it's "life & death"



South Africa

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Replied by Linda
Akron, Ohio

Thank you so much for sharing your story about your little yorkie. I also have a little yorkie with a Liver problem. They always thought it's a Shut be couldn't find it. Find out my yorkie have a Liver problem when she was just a puppy She been on K/D DIET but don't like it and she won't eat L/D.Izzy my yorkie is 5 years she has a problem now she can't go potty and won't play . They can't seem to find the problem. I'm going to try the milk thistle. Thank you again!
Replied by Katey
Melbourne, Florida

Hi, was wondering how your yorkie did? And is doing? I have a 2 year old 3 lb male yorkie who is my life. We just found out he is having liver issues, How heartbreaking. They just prescribed him Denamarin. I cannot get him to take it. Not only that, I'm pretty scared too because I've seen people saying it's making their 40-90lb dogs sick. My baby is nothing compared to that! It's making me sick to my stomach. I'm not sure what to do but I'm willing to try anything. He's only 2 and I don't want to think of him passing on or being sick and miserable. It was relieving to see someone else with a small baby like me because sometimes I feel like the only one in the world with such a small baby!
Replied by Barbara
Camden, Ar

I have a small black and white chihuahua that has an enlarged liver heart prostate. I took him to vet. and they told me he had a lot going, so I ask her I should give him milk thristle to try and help him so she gave me DENAMARIN that has the same thing in it so thought I would try it hoping it will help. I hope it helps. if anything you know please let me hear from someone.

Milk Thistle, Burdock Root and Vitamin E   1  0   

Posted by Cheryl (Greensburg, PA) on 02/19/2007

[YEA]  My 11 year old lab/springer mix was diagnosed with a failing liver and we were at the point where we might have to put her down. I was so upset and traditional medicines were not working. I then tried Milk Thistle, Burdock Root and Vitamin E. She is amazing. Even our Vet can not believe the difference in her. She went from unable to stand, severe confusion, not barking to happy, playful and barking at everything in sight. For us, this was truly a miracle. Her liver enzymes went from counts in the thousands back down to normal ranges.

Replied by Jes
alloway, nj

i have a question for CHERYL FROM GREENSBURG PA. i have a 10 year old boxer and his liver enzymes are way off the chart too and he also has some sort of tumor growth affecting the same area. i would like to start by helping his liver enzymes go back to normal range. other wise we are considering the same thing you would have had to do. HOW MUCH MILK THISTLE BURDOCK ROOT AND VITAMIN E DID YOU GIVE YOUR PET AND IN WHAT FORM? AND HAVE YOU RESEARCED ANY SIDE AFFECTS OF THESE "MEDICINES" ON DOGS? i really appreciate any response you can post as soon as possible. our dog is not doing so good.
Replied by Lonnie
Kitchener, Canada

I would like to find out what dosage you give regarding the burdock root, milk thistle and vitamin e for liver disease. I have a Maltese that is suffering and I am desperate. HELP ME PLEASE!!! The letter you published does not give any specifics. Thank you,
Replied by Carla
Orange Park, Florida

I would like to find out what dosage you give regarding the burdock root, milk thistle and vitamin e for liver disease. Our 6.5 lb yorkie "Oliver" possibly ate something toxic... Hydrangea or Sago Palm and is not doing well. His liver count is high and the vet has given him Denosyn but I'd be willing to try anything to help him. Could you please let me know if you think it would help and how much to give. Is it the same stuff humans take or is it special for animals? Thank you in advance for your response.
Replied by Kathleen
Vancouver, WA

I have just adopted a male Basenji (Peyton) almost 3 weeks ago and am having behavioral problems. He is the sweetest boy with me every now and then would lash out at other dogs for no apparent reason. The breeder and I decided to talk to a Pet Communicator that I was skeptical of. Before I even asked the Pet Communicator questions she informed me that Peyton's liver needed to be cleansed of anesthesia from his neutering 3 weeks ago. She explained that the inbalance in the liver was affecting his odd behavior and when the liver is cleansed I will notice a difference in his behavior. I won't go into more detail of the visit I had with the Pet Communicator accept to say she knew things there is NO WAY she could have known about him!! I am now convinced and no longer a skeptic of pet communicators! Too the point..what she suggested to help clean his liver is to use Vitamin C in powder form and to give Peyton who is about 25 lbs 50-100 MG a day. She also suggested Milk Thistle and Dandelion. She said they usually come in 500 MG capsuls and to give him only 1/4 of the 500 MG. I would assume to get it in powder form as well. She said she uses it on her dogs (whoe are bigger then Peyton) and she gives them the same amount she suggested to me. I havn't tried it yet since I only found out last night, but I am going to. Hope this helps!
Replied by Prishen
Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa


What is the mg of dosage? What form is the treatment ie. The Milk thistle, the burdock root & vitamin E - is it in a liquid form? How often do you give your pet this treatment, is is twice a day or how many hours apart do you give it his/her dosage?


Prishen Durban, South Africa

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Replied by Sarah
La, Ca

Hi!!! So happy ur dog is better- it gives me hope for my little chi diagnosed w liver shunts. (Shout out to Greensburg, btw- I went to Hempfield!! ) What were the dosages you gave your dog? I do a lot of naturopathy w my dog, but she only weighs 5 lbs. So I get nervous. Thnx

SAMe   1  1   

Posted by Kelly (Nashville, TN) on 01/18/2009

[YEA]  I have a Jack Russell Terrier that was diagnosed with elevated liver enyzmes about 5 years ago. We go to a holistic vet who prescribed SamE for her. She has been on SamE daily (200mg) for years and her liver enzymes are now normal.

Replied by Judy
Clearwater, FL

[NAY]   My 8-yr old female Shih Tzu also was diagnosed with high liver count - over 1,000! My vet put her on SAMe (1/2 pill 2xday), her liver count went up after one month on the SAMe. Now, I'm looking for a natural cure.
Replied by Sarah

How much does your dog weigh? Am trying to figure out dosage for a 5 lb. Dog, thnx

SAMe and Milk Thistle   1  0   

Posted by a2tzumom (Norman, OK) on 10/25/2007

[YEA]  Ailment:' This comment is in regard to canine LIVER Disease Remedy(s): Our vet put both shih tzu's on the herbal supplement, Denosyl, which is basically like the SamE that u can find online without a Rx. We researched on our own and found the SUPER MILK THISTLE. (those off the charts liver enzymes are now falling within the "normal" range.) We couldn't be more pleased!! We would DEF recommend trying this supplement! For our girls, it's been absolutely AMAZING!

Replied by Deborah
Aurora, Il

I have a kitty with liver disease what supplements should I give him?
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Re kitty with liver disease. In the healthfood store there is Liver tonic with milk thistle and artichoke, flavoured, I think, with honey. Give every three to four hours and then space out. A baby teasp. Would be enough. Essiac tea is very beneficial also. All the best. Om

Supplements   0  0   

Posted by Yasmin (Malaysia) on 11/26/2014

Hi everyone,

My cat has been on 50mg's of itraconazole for her sporotrichosis which is toxic to the liver. She does take a liver supplements as well as immune booster supplements. I also do topical treatment on her using turmeric and extra virgin coconut oil, and I alternate it with a safe plant based gel. I am feeding my cat home cooked food which is a balanced diet together with leafy vegetables, turmeric and extra virgin coconut oil.

Recently, I suspect due to her last visit to the clinic, she has shown signs of upper respiratory infection and her lungs sounds very congested. She is on a course of antibiotics and anti-phlegm medication. I want to minimize the number of supplements she is taking because I think her body is worked up.

My question is, is it okay for me to continue giving her bovine colostrum while she has a mucus build-up? The other thing I need to know is, lets face it..we are what we eat. Is it necessary for me to continue giving her a liver supplement when her liver enzymes are all fine and her diet should be able to protect her body naturally? Money isn't the issue, I am just sick and tired of feeling her body up with all of these 'pill formed natural supplements' which does, like it or not, contain chemicals no matter how much they would market it to be safe. Part of me wants to just quit giving her the liver supplement and focus on nourishing her body with the necessary nutrients, but the other part is also afraid since I don't know how much is needed for cats to protect them from toxins from medications. Any suggestions would be appreciated but please, if you have a conventional outlook, don't respond back. Thanks.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Yasmin!

I will check my conventional outlook at the door, and give your question a stab.

The fungal infection you are treating your cat for, requiring the itraconazole, requires about 8 weeks of treatment. It sounds as if your cat has a skin infection, rather than a lung infection. In your shoes, given the nature of the disease, I would check with the vet to be sure the infection is not also in the lungs.

And, if no infection in the lungs, and you stop treatment with the itraconazole, it would make sense to wean her off the liver supplements. And if your gut feeling is that liver support is needed on *some* level, since you feed a home made diet you can simply incorporate beef liver [or whatever liver you can buy] into the home made diet you prepare; feeding liver will help the liver.

Posted by Kay-marie (Linonia, Mich) on 02/02/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My sweet Siberian husky was sick and we took him to an animal emergency and could barely afford the blood work. They said it was his liver and it would cost over $2000 for IVs, ultrasound, and days in the hospital. We went home with 2 kinds of antibiotics, sam-e, only 2 days worth, and told to get him to a vet. We are broke. I got him milk thistle and gave him 250 mg Esther-C, 400 vitamin E, milk thistle, and 200mg sam-e. and have hand (gentle "force") some oatmeal and salmon. (You see, the vet never said anything about diet for liver problems either.) However we offer him water and he takes it and I am able to get a little food now and he was not expected to make it to Tuesday and here we are. I hope we can lovingly nurse him gently back to a healthier state. when they were informed we had not the thousands and our "care credit was denied we were offed euthanasia, but we all felt that our Vladimir deserved any chance we could give. I spoon feed him and give him water. This dog is the best. When we lived in a dangerous area of Detroit and he heard gunfire he would, without any direction or a word, just quietly get up on his own and lay across the front door.

I have been up many nights to help our precious dog. It is not a burden, but a blessing to care for him.

Replied by Petra
Utah, USA

I hope your dog is better. We've recently been dealing with our Yorkshire terrier (age 7) in the same way as you have with your dog. The vet didn't even run any tests - just felt his bloated stomach and wanted to put him down.

I hope you have put your dog on the low-protein diet as well, because our Yorkie has really responded to that. His stomach was bloated (water retention) so much that he couldn't even lie down one night. Now, ten days later, he seems his old self and the bloating is barely there. He improves every day.

We are feeding him hard-boiled eggs (mostly the whites, sometimes also the yolk), plain yogurt, cottage cheese, canned pumpkin (NOT the stuff for pies, just the vegetable itself), yams, low-sodium canned (home canned) green beans,
oatmeal, etc. There are several websites that specify low-purine foods that are good for liver disease in dogs.

Thanks to several people above, we are also going to be putting him on milk thistle - we didn't know how much.

Replied by Cheryl
Johannesburg, South Africa

My little Jessie was diagnosed with liver problems only a week ago, at only 8 years old. As soon as she was discharged I had already done some research and bought the foods that are advised and the herbal things I had seen on other sites. I did not even have a chance to really start giving her any of it as she passed away this morning. I only came across your site today and found it so informative and am only sad that I cannot try out some of the suggestions and have another chance to get her back to complete health.
Replied by Weeser1
Bemidji, Minnesota

There is alot of liver disease in dogs now. I have read it is the dog food quality. I do sometimes cook for my dog. A drop of olive oil, brown rice , no spice , sweet potatoe , a chunk of chicken or beef. No chicken bones. My Grampa was a Vet. No onion .
Replied by Deena
Sayreville, Nj

Reading all these stories brings tears to my eyes as I know exactly what you all are going through. My dog Hendrix is a 13yo Elkhound mix and has liver disease. Its frustrating that our Vet doesn't believe anything can be done and that we should just make him comfortable until his time comes. I can not accept this!

I have been searching the internet for an alternative treatment and answers. I have discovered Milk Thistle. I have read that for severe liver disease 200mg per 10lbs should be given. I have started this yesterday. I am opening the capsules and mixing with very little water and using a syringe to give it to him. He is at the point where he stopped eating and all he wants is water. I am limiting his intake of water and am force feeding him baby food. I read I should be mixing the Milk Thistle with baby food. Does it make a difference if I mix it with baby food or water? Also being he has liver disease what kind of baby food should I be giving him? Now I am giving him chicken and vegetables. Any input would be helpful and greatly appreciated.

Replied by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx

Go get some Dandelion Root or Dandelion Root Tea. Make the tea and let it steep covered for 15-20 mins after you turn the stove off. This is for maximum benefit. You can give this to your dog 2 times per day. 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 later. This is great as it helps the liver detox and become stronger. Good luck!
Replied by Diana

Milk thistle Dosage

The usual recommended extract of milk thistle contains 70 to 80 percent silymarin. Each extract should be labeled with the silymarin percent. Recommended dosage for dogs with liver damage is approximately 20 to 50 mg per day per each kg of body weight. A kg is equal to 2.20462262 pounds. The daily dosage should be taken in two equally divided doses. For example: 200 to 500mg daily for a dog weighing 10 kg or 22 pounds; 452 to 1130mg daily for a dog weighing 22.6 kg or 50 pounds.


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