Liver and Gallbladder Advice for my Dog, 12 years old and I Need Your Help to Heal Him
Hi there! My dog Buster (12 years old mixed breed Chiweenie) was diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes and gallbladder mucocele. Does anyone have suggestions for this? I am using small amounts of chlorophyll and ACV and am preparing fresh food, chicken, rice, broccoli, zucchini and he's on antibiotics (ugh), pain meds (which isn't this harming his liver?), and Demarin (milk thistle, Sam-e) and was on anti-nausea meds but he's off those now.
He's eating well for the past few days, but had some pain this morning. I was told surgery is the cure for this but it's very high risk and he has had two other procedures (assessed anal gland and tooth infection which was extracted) in the past 2 months and I don't feel like this is an option for him. Leading up to this he was fine, really have not taken him to the vet for years. I've always made homemade food for him but I have realized that I did not probably prepare it as I should have, but he did eat kibble as well. Now I am boiling his food and following the guidelines for a low-fat, pancreatic/liver diet.
Any advice would be so much appreciated. I'm struggling with the vet stuff, they all are pushing meds and surgery and the bills I have already are insane. I would do anything for my dog but I'm not going to put him through the trauma of this surgery that has about a 50-60% success rate at this stage of his life.
SAMe and Milk Thistle
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!
(Hope, Bc, Canada)
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.
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.
(Johannesburg, South Africa)