Herbal Pet – The Benefits of Milk Thistle

milk thistle

Milk thistle is an extremely helpful herb for pets. The scientific name for Milk Thistle is Silybum marianum. (You want to be sure the milk thistle supplement you select is labeled with this technical name.) The parts of the milk thistle plant that contain the therapeutic constituents are the fruit, shells, seeds, and leaves. (You want to be sure that the supplement you use contains these, and only these plant parts.)

Milk thistle is known to be hepatoprotective. That means that this amazing herb can protect the liver from toxic damage from medications and chemicals as well as damage from viruses and bacteria. A great use for milk thistle is to give it for a week after using medications such as flea/tick/heartworm medications. The herb can stop the damage such drugs may cause.

Milk thistle is also considered to be a cholagogue. A colagogue is a substance that helps the gallbladder contract and empty. Think of using this herb for the treatment of gallstone sludge that can sometimes gum up the gallbladder.

This incredible herb is also a galactagogue which means it can help a mother’s mammary glands release milk. Milk thistle is known to be an antioxidant as well. Thus, it can protect the body from dangerous oxidative free radicals which can build up in an animal’s system from normal wear and tear on the body as well as physical or emotional stress.

Milk thistle has been shown to increase liver glutathione. Glutathione is a liver enzyme which is involved in ridding the body of toxins. Think of milk thistle when your pet needs to detox from exposure to any kind of poison, pollutant, or contaminant. It can also be used a few days after chemotherapy treatments to decrease dangerous side effects. Since milk thistle affects how the liver deals with drugs, it should not be used at the same time as some drugs as it may expel the medicine before it has its desired effect.

In rats, milk thistle has been shown to improve damage to the pancreas so it may help those pets with pancreatitis. It reduces oxidative damage to kidney cells so it may be helpful for pets experiencing kidney problems. Milk thistle has even been shown to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth.

Even with all of these wonder beneficial effects of milk thistle, it is extremely safe. There are no reported side effects of taking it. (Have you ever seen that statement on a prescription insert?) General dosing information can be found in my earlier Herbal Pet post.

Silymarin is assumed to be the active ingredient in milk thistle. In fact, the drug Denamarin contains a chemically altered form of silimarin as well as other ingredients.

Denamarin represents the current tendency toward the pharmaceuticalization of herbal and nutritional supplements. You see, there is no money in herbs for pharmaceutical companies because you cannot patent a truly natural substance. But, if you mess with nature by extracting the “active ingredient” and modify it slightly, now you can get rich off it. (As if we can improve on Mother Nature.)

In fact, there are many compounds within the milk thistle plant that work together to benefit the body. I have had cases of liver disease in dogs that did not improve after months on Denamarin but did improve when switched to milk thistle. The active ingredient in an herb is the herb.

What have your experiences been like when using milk thistle in your pet?

90 thoughts on “Herbal Pet – The Benefits of Milk Thistle

  1. Michelle

    My dog no longers leaks urine after using this for a few months. She leaked for 5 years. Medication didn’t help. I was using homeopathic drops which did help but I ran out and noticed she didn’t start leaking again. I also use this in the spring when her allergies are really bad and after surgery.

    Reply
  2. Karen

    Would milk thistle counteract the effects of metacam? Our boy needs the metacam for his hip dysplasia.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Should be OK with Metacam. You should talk to your vet before adding to your dog’s treatment. Acupuncture works well for hip dysplasia and no side effects. Find an acupuncture vet near you at http://www.ahvma.org.

      Reply
  3. Jeri

    Our 15 year old poodle mix has had an elevated ALT the last 4 blood tests we’ve run (every 6 months). It was not “clinically high”, but was climbing higher each time. We put her on Super Integrative Milk Thistle with Dandelion and the last blood work showed it had dropped 11 points and is now only 11 points above normal!! Very happy.

    Reply
  4. Michelle

    Wait, what???? My cat is on Denamarin. Would I be better off replacing that with Milk Thistle then? He’s a senior (15+) FIV+ boy. Could the two be used together? He’s been on the Denamarin (along with weekly B12 injections) for 20 days, and is due for blood work again in another 10 days.

    If I should make a change, I’ll be at the health food store the moment it opens in the morning!!!

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Please do not change your cat’s medication without talking to your vet. It is possible that Milk Thistle could work better. Why not wait for the blood test results? If things are not going as hoped then ask about making a change.

      Reply
  5. Christina Osborn

    I would like to start my 16 year old Siamese on milk thistle. He has chronic renal failure, how does the milk thistle help?

    Reply
  6. Fern

    Thank you for this very valuable information about milk thistle. My question is not related to the subject on your post but I am hoping you may be able to answer it. Is a herb called heal all safe for dogs? Thank you. God Bless

    Reply
  7. Elle

    When giving monthly Heartworm medication (ivermectin) do you start the 7 days of milk thistle on the same day? Thank you!

    Reply
  8. Stefanie Gioia

    My 5 month old pup is very sick from trifexis. I started him on 1/4 teas daily within 8 hours of his administration of trifexis. How long will it take to help him detox? Can it be taken with anti nausea meds?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Without seeing your pet and not knowing exactly what you mean by “sick” it is difficult to give you much guidance. It should be fine to give Milk Thistle with anti-nausea meds and I would suggest giving it for 2-4 weeks.

      Reply
  9. Abi

    My dog is 15 years old and is dealing with distemper. She is recovering from her respiratory illness and I think is surviving the distemper virus, thanks to our vet and the treatment being given. We’ve recently noticed that her liver seems to be enlarged, will milk thistle help solve this? Thank you.

    Reply
  10. Robin

    Thank you for you thoughts and advice on using Milk Thistle. I was researching using it before giving Ivermectin, but I saw a post from some one who gave it to their dog who leaked urine and it solved the problem. Could it be given to a 6 mon. old puppy diagnosed with Diabetes Insipid-us?? The owner put her on meds, but I’m wondering if she could solve the problem naturally. Thanks for your comments!

    Reply
  11. Lynda

    My 11.7 year old English bulldog has elevated ALT (161/ul) and ALKP (1287/ul) and PLT (653 k/ul). The vet put her on Clavamox for 10 days and that did nothing. I have been giving her milk thistle, alcohol free liquid form, for 11 days. She is still not eating without being force fed (and at best, 1/4 cup of home cooked turkey/oatmeal or yogurt or cottage cheese but mostly a tablespoon here and there) and throws up bile every other day or so. How long can I expect for this to start working? Does Milk Thistle work fairly quickly? Or should I seek out a specialist? The vet that I chose has not been very helpful. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Elevated liver enzymes do not tell you what the liver problem is. You need to have an abdominal ultrasound done. How hast the milk thistle works depends on what the problem is.

      Reply
  12. Amber

    My dog has elevated liver enzymes due to long term use of pain meds, she is 12 years old. My vet recommended Denamarin but it is pricey and after doing some research she agreed that trying Milk thistle would be a good idea. In my research I came across an article that stated you should only give it for 5 days then take 2 days off, do this for 3 weeks and then take an entire week off. What are your thoughts on this?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      There are lots of ideas about how to give herbs. I do not use that protocol and don’t understand the reasoning behind it. I’ve had pet on Milk Thistle for months at a time with no breaks.

      Reply
      1. Amber

        Thank you for the response. The information stated that giving milk thistle for long periods of time can suppress the liver function. Have you ever heard of this? I just wanted to double check this information.

        Reply
  13. Linda

    my 8 yr old golden has had elevated liver enzymes for 2yrs- 98 then 227
    And now after blood work, ultrasound and 30 days of metrazole and Cipro
    The alt was 638
    I have started with filtered water, weaning her off of blue buffalo wild chicken,
    Supplementing with puréed celery and zucchini as well as puréed fruits
    And harvest coconut water
    The vet thinks she should be on Denamarin by Nutramax
    I had her on milk thistle while on the antibiotics
    I am torn as to how to proceed
    She is eating now, drinking, playing, has more energy- since going off antibiotics
    To look at her she does not appear to be in poor health
    The vet feels as a next step a liver biopsy is in order
    I have been to a veterinarian teaching hospital and no diagnosis could be made
    Any thoughts?
    I would appreciate any input

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Sometimes a diagnosis cannot be made without a biopsy of the liver. It appears that the milk thistle supplement that you used did not help. It is hard to know what to advise without knowing exactly what the problem is. Although it is hard to justify doing a liver biopsy on an animal that appears to be healthy, it is better than waiting until she is sick. Maybe give supplements a little longer and recheck the liver tests. If they continue to rise then the biopsy seems warranted.

      Reply
  14. Holly

    My Smokey (canine) is on the chemotherapy drug lomustine which is very hard on the liver. I have been giving him Denamarin, but wonder if “real” milk thistle would be better as the Denamarin doesn’t seem to be keeping his liver values down. He weighs approximately 58 pounds and has histiocytic sarcoma which is a very aggressive cancer. The lomustine has really made a difference in his quality of life, but I don’t want to do so much damage to his liver. This chemo is supposedly his best chance. Do you feel milk thistle would be a better choice, and if so, what would be the best brand and correct dosage (daily amount?)? The chemo is in pill form every 3 -4 weeks (skipped last one due to liver values which have come down, but are still too high). Thank you so much. I really want the best for my boy ( 3rd dog with cancer in 2 and a half years…). Thank you again for any information you can give me.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      I have had cases where milk thistle seemed to do a better job of helping the liver than Denamarin. I use “Milk Thistle 80” made by Health Concerns and would give a 58 lb dog 1 tab twice daily.

      Reply
    1. Amber

      After doing some more blood work, my vet is thinking my dog has cushings disease. Are there any holistic medications you recommend for this?

      Reply
    2. Jacqueline McClain

      white willow bark is similar to aspirin so you should check with your vet first. It may be fine but if your dog has had surgery or has other blood issues, this could be dangerous as it would thin the blood and possibly cause bleeding issues.

      Reply
  15. Linda

    Hi Dr Doug,

    Would you recommend the same course – starting 3 days before giving flea and tick medications and continuing for 7 days after – as you do for heartworm medications?

    Thanks,
    Linda

    Reply
  16. Anna

    Hello Dr . Doug ,

    my dog 4 yrs old Maltese has MVD of the liver i started giving her liquid hepato support 1 week ago , how long until u see results ?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      I’m not familiar with that supplement. You question is a great one for whoever you got the supplement from.

      Reply
  17. Joe Pollina

    Hello Dr. Doug, (apologies for the long comment)
    I have a unique case with one of my dogs. He has an auto-immune disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis) where he lost a digit Nov 2013. prior to knowing it was an immune disease we were treating the arthritis with Rymadyl (& Rovera-generic). That wound up killing the liver. Last April 17th, I had an emergency where he developed an enlarged heart with fluid in the pericardial sac and a faulty mitral valve. We’ve been back and forth to have the sac drained a bunch of times. He was put on Enalipril 10mg and Vetmedin which he is still taking. After treating the immune with prednisone for months we had issues with the liver last September where we were at life and death levels along with pancreatitis and sludge in the gallbladder. We had to take him off with a quick reduction of mg with pulsing every other day. We put him on natural herbs from Natural Solutions (Dr Wen) which my vet orders for me along with Zentonil. That seemed to help with the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder however when we try reducing the prednisone over time it seems that the heart needs at least 2.5mg to regulate itself and not build up fluid. My bud is a 10yr old 48lb Bull Terrier (white) so that dosage is very low. He’s been on the hills low fat I/d since October 1st. We’ve been sticking to the program with no other food or treats other than the canned low fat I/d and dry I/d. He’s come down with pancreatitis two times since September last year. As mentioned we would reduce the prednisone each time however I would be back at the ER to have fluid removed. Here we are again with the pancreatitis and liver enzymes elevated and bilirubin at 2.9 as of Saturday. After his bout at midnight Friday throwing up I immediately gave him a cerenia. He’s bee getting one a day since then and wants to eat everything still which is good but I was wondering if Denamarin would be the best for the liver and pancreas. I personally don’t think the denamarin works well for him. Best experience was Zentonil but there has been a mfg backordered for months. I bought online over the weekend Denstra. Which only has the one S-Ame ingredient as Zentonil.
    Would you happen to know if there is an wholistic approach to treating the liver other than the S-Ame? I cannot begin to tell you how many drugs I’ve bought over the course of 2 years to give for three days then have to stop as direction from the vet. I’ve spent about 50k on him since sept of 2013. I have another dog that has put me in a position to spend numerous amount of money since sept 2013 as well with two torn ACLs and mast cell tumors. I have another vet appointment later today for both my boy with the immune/ heart/ liver/ pancreas issues and my girl 9 yr old pit mix rescue with the mast cell tumor that grew overnight and threw up and is not eating. I have my hands full. Just looking to see if you have any other ideas do my boy and what I can do before the $$ well runs dry as it has taken a toll on my pocket… And stress.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Joe

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Joe, This is not a case that can be managed over the internet. I recommend you find a holistic vet near you and have a complete holistic workup. You can find a holistic vet at http://www.ahvma.org

      Reply
  18. Dawn Meier

    My 13.5 yr old dalmation has had high liver levels for years. He is currently on Denamarin for large dog, no drop in levels.. My question is can milk thistle be given with Denamarin?

    Reply
  19. Jamie whalen

    My dog is allergic to milk thistle is there anything else that I could give her to detox. Last blood test before acl knee surgery vet said liver enyzenes elevated.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      I have never heard of an allergy to Milk Thistle. Are you sure it wasn’t something else in the formulation you used? I would use Turmeric to substitute.

      Reply
  20. Jeanene

    Hello, My 12 year old boxer has mast cell cancer. He has had it for over 4 years now, and am thanking to God for each day he is still with us. He was only given 6 months when diagnosed. I did a lot of research and started making his food and giving him probiotics, k9immunity plus, benadryl and turmic.
    He has been doing so good and now suddenly develops diarrhea that is a orange yellow color. Sorry to be so descriptive!! Everything I have read points to liver issues. My question is; can I give him Milk Thistle for his current condition. Any suggestions are great appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Rather than guessing what the problem is it is best to go to a vet and have testing to find out what is going on.

      Reply
  21. Caroline Gamble

    Hi Dr Doug. My dig is epileptic and has been on Epihen for 5 years. His liver was struggling and vet wanted to change medication. He waz very reluctant as Dougal can go for 5 to 18 months between seizures. I read about milk thistle and asked if I could try it. I used it for 2 months along with a liver cleansing diet and his reading dropped from 846 to 224. As my vet had’t heard of milk thistle before he us happy to leave Dougal in epiphen and for me to continue with diet and milk thistle. Do you think this plan of action ok?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      It sounds like your plan has worked well so far. There should be no problem continuing milk thistle long term.

      Reply
  22. alice penny

    Hi Doug. Thank you for your article. Our dog was attacked at the weekend and has 2 puncture wounds. Our vet prescribed him antibiotics for 2 weeks, and carprieve pain relief/anti inflammatory. Our little boy is 2 and a half (border terrier) and has very bad food allergies & weak gut, so really don’t like giving him chemicals at the best of times. Thought milk thistle might help? Would you recommend it’s use in this case? And would you advise using it at the same time as the drugs above, or waiting until he’s finished them? Thank you so much in advance! Alice

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Yes, milk thistle would be good to use to detox your dog from the drugs and it is safe to use while he is on them. I would continue the milk thistle for 2-3 weeks after he’s off the drugs.

      Reply
  23. shin

    Hello Dr Doug,

    My 7kg n 7yr old mini poodle have had 21 teeth extracted and is on a 9days dose of antibiotics Juroclav(Amoxcillin n Clavulanic acid) and I see increased yeast on her paws n front elbow…ya..more licking.Pain wise she was given petcam for 3days.

    Can i give her a combination of milk thistle and tumeric?
    i found this human milk thistle supplement..150mg/per vege cap.

    Milk Thistle Extract (Silybum marianum) (Standardized to 80% Silymarin Flavonoids) (Fruit and Seeds) 300 mg †
    Turmeric (Curcuma longa) (Rhizome) 700 mg †

    can this push out the un needed toxins from the meds? if yes..how and how much should i give?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      You can give a combination of milk thistle and turmeric. I would dose using Clark’s Rule (pet’s wt in kg / 70 = proportion of the human dose to give a dog)

      Reply
  24. Mawgan

    hello Dr Doug

    My dog has been prescribed Denamarin to support his liver following Chemo but he is not happy about taking tablets even chewables. Should I consider milk thistle as an alternative or in addition to the Denamarin?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      I would recommend using the milk thistle as an alternative to the Denamarin – but you still have to get it in… I guess you could try a tincture.

      Reply
  25. Kariann Holland

    Hi, our dog is 12 years old and has been in and out of the vet since September 2016. We have finally concluded that he has liver disease. We have tried multiple medications from the vet, and they only seem to help for a short time and then he looks miserable again. We plan to start milk thistle and SAME tomorrow. Do you think it would be best to not give him his heartworm medication until we can get him feeling better?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      It depends on where you live. If it is winter where you are then you should not have to worry about heartworm disease at this time.

      Reply
  26. RachelNordmark

    Hi Doug, my dog Yumi has lymphoma with a primary tumor on her liver. She just went through CHOP but unfortunately her cancer has been back and forth throughout the protocol. We are going to try CCNU today. We have avoided giving her drugs that are harder on her liver but we are running out of options. I have not given her milk thistle through this but wonder if ok to do so during the CCNU treatment. I don’t want to give it to her at a time during treatment that could impact the efficacy. Do you know when would be the safest time to give her milk thistle during treatment? She is going to get this drug every 3 weeks. Also, do you recommend Sam-e at the same time? Thanks

    Reply
  27. Lauran

    Hi My dog is 8 and has been on clavalox antbiotics for 8 days for gum inflamation two more days to go when would it be safe to give milk thistle. Will the milk thistle help or r there contras with clavalox and milk thistle

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      You can give the milk thistle any time, even with the antibiotics. More important now is to give probiotics to balance the gut microbiome.

      Reply
  28. sharon

    hi Dr Doug,
    I have just found your site and this info on milk thistle which is what I was looking for.
    you mention not to give milk thistle at the same time as a drug as it could expel it before it has its time to do what it needs to do. so for example HOW LONG AFTER should I give milk thistle after my dogs monthly heartworm medication? A day or two or a week? etc…
    thanks

    Reply
  29. sharon

    thanks dr doug, just saw one of your messages so its best to wait 3 days after Ivermectin. which I will do. another question my golden retriever has a sensitive stomach he is on probiotics and awaiting food allergies tests, very prone to diarrhea at the moment. When introducing him to milk thistle should I do so at a reduced rate as compared in your first article? if so how much would be a good reduced rate to introduce?

    Reply
  30. Wendy

    Hello dr doug,
    My almost 7yr old 8kg Pom-chi ate rat poison at 6mths of age, and then at 5.5yrs had tick poisoning. Both times he was treated by the vet. Since the tick poisoning he has a tennis ball size lump at the side of his body. The vet did needle biopsy last month and said it was a fatty lump. I am still worried as he seems to have lost weight and his harness is very loss, even though the total weight is not much different to before probably from the weight of the lump. I feel he needs liver detox since he suffered 2 bad poisoning and subsequent treatment with medication in his life. I like to try to use milk thistle. Can I use human milk thistle tablets and turmeric powder in his food? I took them after my own recent knee surgery. And if So what is the best best way to feed him these two herb? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Yes, you can use human supplements of those herbs. The best way to feed it to him is whatever way he will take them.

      Reply
  31. Cathleen Codling

    I have just started this product two months ago with my dog and the vet is astonished with his improvements. Prior to starting this product his liver functions were elevated, he developed pancreatitis and we have been fighting high creatinine levels for years. I finally took him off the prescriptions diets and started milk thistle, now with the recommended dose twice a day my dog’s lab work looks great. His liver function is back to normal, no signs of pancreatitis and his creatinine is even coming down. Which I have read in other articles that milk thistle can do. My vet is like do not change a thing its working. I am so thankful I found this product and my dog loves it on his food.

    Reply
  32. Jamie

    Hello!

    My Great Dane recently tested positive for heartworm, despite being on a monthly preventative her entire life. She is on doxycycline now to eradicate the wolbachia and will start immiticide in a month or two. I would like to start giving her milk thistle to help her as her body works to break down the adult worms, but I don’t want to interfere with any of her medications. What would you recommend that I do? And if you do suggest beginning milk thistle supplements, should I start right away?

    Reply
  33. Elaine Kosty

    I purchased organic milk thistle seeds and don’t know how to use as a detox regime for my 12 year old Chihuahua, who is currently on Denamarin.
    Could I continue to use the Denamarin and milk thistle? And should I make a tea or ground the seeds to a powder?
    Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
  34. Anne

    Hi Dr.,
    My pup was spayed recently and so I was giving milk thistle to rid her of the toxins given during surgery. However, they sent her home with pain meds, rimadyl and gabapentin for 10 days and after reading your comments I will stop until she is finished her meds. When would you recommend giving her the milk thistle again and for how long?
    Thanks,
    Anne

    Reply
  35. Concerned

    Hi Dr :)
    Thanks for writting the article. Need your advise an dosage. Im from Malaysia. Its very hard for us to get pet aporoved/ good quality milk thistle. I bought twin pack of BIO LIFE Milk Thistle & Dandelion. One tablet contains 3000mg milk thistle & 300mg dandelion. I know it sounds too much

    My beagle just had her yearly vaccination today. She is 6 years old. Weighing 33 pounds. She is super obsese i know. Not spayed. Has a very small fatty tissue on her spleen.
    I would like to start her on a detox plan with milk thistle. From BIO LIFE Milk Thistle, how much should i feed her ? Or should i be getting her some smaller dosage tablet ?

    Currently i am feeding her with coconut oil, flaxseed, chia seed and turmeric too.

    Reply
  36. Tami

    My 6 y/o lab mix was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 months ago. She now has an elevated ALT (722). My vet started her on 425mg of Denosyl to try to help with the liver function. She is not tolerating it well. At the full dose, she was lethargic and would eat very little, so the dose was cut to 1/4 tablet for 5 days then increasing by 1/4 tablet every 5 days until she could take a full tablet. After 2 days of increasing to 1/2 tablet, I had to drop back down to 1/4 tablet because she was losing her appetite and not eating well. Her blood sugars are also higher since taking the Denosyl. Would milk thistle be something to try?

    Reply
  37. Julie Powers

    Hi Dr. Doug,

    Thanks so much for all the great info- I am so glad to have found this post! My dog (70 lb, 12 YO, otherwise mostly healthy and energetic lab) is having CCNU treatments for a mast cell tumor that had spread to a lymph node. Both were removed prior to chemo and she just received her 3rd CCNU dose yesterday. One liver value has been slowly increasing but still is only mildly elevated and has not prevented treatment. She has had no other chemo-related symptoms so far, however our vet did just also start her on Rimadyl due to arthritis symptoms in her hips. I am wondering if I can give her milk thistle to try to keep the liver values low even though she is going to start taking rimadyl (50 mg 2x/day)? If so, how long after her chemo would be an appropriate time to give the milk thistle, and how much would you recommend? Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      You can give milk thistle with Rimadyl. Do not give it the day before, the day of and the day after chemo. Give 1/2 the human dose.

      Reply
  38. Deborah

    I have a six year old bichone frise who has recently developed a weight problem. As a result the vet did blood tests, mostly to check thyroid. Some levels for pancreas and liver came back elevated. So, I was sold a 15 liquid dose of milk thistle for $11.50, and told she would be on it twice a day for the remainder of her life. Not only does the cost seem extreme, so does the length of the treatment. Can I go to the local store and purchase liquid milk thistle? Is it likely this is going to be a life long treatment?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      Any good brand of milk thistle is fine (it does not have to be liquid). Since we do not know what is causing the liver levels to be elevated we cannot say how long treatment might be needed.

      Reply
  39. Janette

    My 2 year old foster just had a lump removed and it came back as grade 2 mast cell tumor. My friend who raises mush dogs swears by milk thistle and thought I would look into it. Would you think it is beneficial and, if so, what dosage is safe. She is 65 lbs. I am assuming the human version of capsules will be okay so long as the ingredients meet the requirements. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      I love milk thistle for a lot of things but it is not my herb of choice for mast cell tumors. I recommend having her seen by a holistic vet. You can find one near you at http://www.ahvma.org.

      Reply
  40. Lindsay Agudo

    My 12 year old dog has been panting licking sleeping a lot as well as pawing at his nose. The lab results showed his alp at 2262. All other liver enzymes were normal except his ggt which was slightly higher. All other labs were normal. The vet suspected Cushings do I ordered milk thistle and gave him his first dose tonight. Just wondering what I can expect, if this will help him, and when I should have his labs checked again. The vet didn’t give me much hope. I just don’t want him to hurt.

    Reply
  41. Elena Fernandez

    My vet suspects that my dog might have cushing’s and is still running tests. What would be a holistic medication for this? And, can you explain in understandable terms what cushing’s is?

    Reply
    1. Dr. Doug Post author

      The holistic medication for your pet should be determined by a holistic vet after a holistic exam. Cushing’s Disease is a condition where there is an over-secretion of cortisol by the adrenals due to either a tumor in the pituitary gland or a tumor in the adrenal gland which may be either benign or malignant.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*