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Milk Thistle for Dogs


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Initial post: Apr 19, 2012 10:49:18 AM PDT
Has anybody ever used milk thistle extract or the Denamarin liver supplements on their doggies? Were you pleased with the results or did you encounter any prblems with it?
One of our Shelties has epilepsy and is on phenobarbital. I know long term use is very hard on their livers and would love to find a more natural product to give her system some help with the effects.
Thanks so much for any and all advice!

Posted on May 25, 2012 7:40:23 AM PDT
N-2 says:
My 110 lb. doberman pinscher has been on Denamarin for only a few days now. He was previously taking Rimadyl for arthritis, but blood tests proved it has compromised his liver. So my vet switched him to Tramadol in conjunction with Denamarin. He immediately perked up and became more like his happy and energetic old self. So I am pleased with the result so far, but as I said, it has only been a few days.

Denamarin is extremely expensive, and I am reluctant to spend that amount long term. My neighbor advised me that milk thistle is a much less expensive herbal alternative. Since silymarin from milk thistle is the primary active ingredient in Denamarin, I am considering that option in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 11:48:30 AM PDT
Thanks so much for writing! I hope your Dobie keeps on perking up and is ready for summer frolicking!!!
We went with the Denamarin route just because I was worried about trying to figure out the proper dosage of regular milk thistle. Having it in ready-made form made me more comfortable. We will see how it goes for her.

Posted on May 30, 2012 1:34:32 PM PDT
I started giving milk thistle capsules to my dog a few months ago as advised by Dr. Becker in her book, Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food. In it she explains how medications like heartworm preventatives can also damage the liver. So my dog now gets 1 milk thistle cap per day for 7 days following his heartworm protocol.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 10:01:44 PM PDT
N-2 says:
That's really good information, shrinking footprint. Thank you for posting.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:31:46 PM PDT
Molly says:
A CBC showed elevated liver enzymes in my 14 year old Siberian and she's been taking Denamarin daily for 3 months. I've noticed no side-effects though cannot attest to the efficacy of these supplements. The pills are a little expensive but not prohibitively so and they are easy to administer to a large dog.

Depending on where you live/travel, heartworm preventive may be completely unnecessary. In Connecticut the risk of heartworm is very low and I've made the decision to stop administering the preventive; a decision I wish I'd made a decade ago.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:39:07 PM PDT
I wish I could take my dog off of the heartworm pill ritual as well but I live in the midwest where heartworm is more prevalent, as well as lyme disease. But, on the "up" side, my vet changed my dog's Rx about a year ago to a new formula that is more effective on the parasite(s) but does less damage to his organs from the other nasty ingredients usually found in the more popular medications. It's far less expensive too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 1:29:08 PM PDT
What brand is that? We live in the Midwest also.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 4:05:25 PM PDT
I'm not sure of the brand but the medication is: Praziquantel 85mg.; Ivermectin 143mcg.; Pyrantel 121mg.; & Mebendazole 150mg.
They are in capsule form and because my dog is just over 100 lbs, he gets 2 caps on the 1st of every month. If I remember correctly, the meds are dispensed made to order for your dog, ie: age, weight, etc... The pharmacy my vet uses is called "RoadRunner" and it's located in Phoenix, AZ. It's shipped right to my door after I put in my order with my vet. When we used Heartgard, it was $89.00 for a 6 month supply. With this new medication it's about $60. for an entire year supply. Hope this helps. SF

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 10:43:37 PM PDT
N-2 says:
Where I live on the west coast, no heartworm meds = a death sentence to a dog. But I did not know until I read the posts in this discussion that my dog's heart saving medication was bad for his liver.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 10:03:19 AM PDT
I think the question was about milk thistle and how it helps or not help your pet. The comments talk about everything else except milk thistle. Where are attention spans going these days.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 3:35:18 PM PDT
I have a Lab diagnosed with liver disease. Was given a 30 day supply of Denamarin. Shae had good days and bad days, then about 3 weeks into the treatment, she started vomiting, grew very weak and I wasn't sure if she would last the week and I had to put her down. Took her off the Denamarin.

I searched the internet about dogs and liver disease and found two things - Milk Thistle and Vitamin K. Went to GNC and bought the liquid alcohol free Milk Thistle and the Vitamin K 100mg. Less than $20. If you buy it at GNC, Milk Thistle costs $14, online Milk Thistle for Dogs cost around $40, just make sure it is alcohol free. If it's alcohol free, same thing, and it will not harm dog no matter how much you give them.

5 days ago, I thought she would die. Now, she's eating full bowls of food and is thriving. I was desperate and it worked like a charm with the Vitamin K.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 1:09:12 PM PDT
R. Gelardi says:
Michael - Please email me. My dog is going through something similar. He's a 12 1/2 year old, 70 lb Border Collie. Please advise the dosage you gave your dog. pasta4dnr@yahoo.com

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 7:28:57 PM PDT
elle says:
hi Michael - My dog just got diagnosed with liver disease, and she too has been throwing up frequently. Do you know the ratio that you give to you dog? one tablespoon of both vitamin K and milk Thistle? my lab mix was 70 lbs and is now down to 55 lbs. thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 8:17:11 PM PDT
R. Gelardi says:
Michael's dog sadly passed. As so did mine. He was fine for about a week or so then got wobbly and then was unable to get up. His last day he was unable to lift his head. As I gave him milk thistle in his mouth, I saw his gum color was off. During the AM - we were frantically trying to have a Vet make a house call. After a couple of hours of him not moving and no returned call - we took him to the vet. Had to wrap a sheet around him and lift him. An xray showed his liver to be 2+times larger than normal with it pushing into his stomach. (Which made sense why he slowly stopped eating.) He passed while he was there. We weren't prepared at all. He was my wife's shadow. Phenomenal love of a dog. Do yourself a favor and have an xray done. He may be suffering more than you know. We didn't know as the first Vet - misdiagnosed him and never brought up the option of an xray - only antibiotics. The best to you and your lab.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 11:21:17 AM PST
yoga trainee says:
Very sorry to hear of both losses.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 2:39:46 PM PST
I just went throughthis with my cocker spaniel.Her name was Harley and had just turned 9. she had xrays and ultra sound done and they said it was pancreatic and gastronititis. They put her on antibotics for a week and she was doing good but started having the same issues but worse. Her regular vet said she should have been on antibotics for atleast 3 weeks because the first time was not long enough and when it flares back up it is usually worse. I lost my Harleybabe on Jan,4th 2013. She waa a trooper and faught a battle that ended up beating her in the end. I have 2 other pets that are going to get a physical and blood work the end of Feb. I cant go through this again without knowing I atleast had them checked and have a regular physical every year. Good luck to all who are having any issues with their pets liver. I do give my other dogs milk thistle to help keep the liver cleansed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 11:28:53 AM PST
Rita Martin says:
Many years ago I lost my 8 yr old cocker spaniel to liver disease. We fort the disease for 8 months, spent a ton of money, we tried all we could but it was not meant to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 11:24:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2013 11:27:14 PM PST
Addiemae says:
My Bo is a 12 yr old lab that has increasing enzyme (went from 500's-800's since July.) I'm thinking of adding milk thistle but not sure how much. Also, will it harm him since he still gets denamarin( since July)?

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 8:39:35 AM PST
ET says:
I love my blue heelers and want the best for them. We lost our income and now working temp jobs. Here is my plan for my dogs. We always add Diatemacious earth to their food. their coats feel like mink fur. There are wonderful benefits from DE. Look up wolf creek website and read their info on DE. We take it ourselves. You must use the correct type...food grade...wolf creek explains it. I plan to start raising poultry, feed them on inexpensive corn and slaughter them young to feed my dogs. I will hatch my own eggs in an incubator, feed them corn and let them eat bugs all night under a light. I will cook the chickens with rice. I will supplement with Kirkland signature chicken and rice....scraps of raw red meat from the butcher and rabbits if I can find them yo hunt...they have been scarce lately. The farms are over run and I will get permission to hunt on the farms where there are hundreds. I believe this will be the highest quality and the best value for the dollar. Do not forget vitamin C...I take thousands and give my dogs chewables..they love it and no harm has occurred...actually they benefit much from the C..about two thousand mgs a day.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 8:40:13 AM PST
ET says:
I love my blue heelers and want the best for them. We lost our income and now working temp jobs. Here is my plan for my dogs. We always add Diatemacious earth to their food. their coats feel like mink fur. There are wonderful benefits from DE. Look up wolf creek website and read their info on DE. We take it ourselves. You must use the correct type...food grade...wolf creek explains it. I plan to start raising poultry, feed them on inexpensive corn and slaughter them young to feed my dogs. I will hatch my own eggs in an incubator, feed them corn and let them eat bugs all night under a light. I will cook the chickens with rice. I will supplement with Kirkland signature chicken and rice....scraps of raw red meat from the butcher and rabbits if I can find them yo hunt...they have been scarce lately. The farms are over run and I will get permission to hunt on the farms where there are hundreds. I believe this will be the highest quality and the best value for the dollar. Do not forget vitamin C...I take thousands and give my dogs chewables..they love it and no harm has occurred...actually they benefit much from the C..about two thousand mgs a day.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:19:59 PM PDT
I would love to know about this too. My King Charles has cancer and is getting Chemo which effects her liver. They have her on Denamarin, but liver numbers still too high. Was wondering about the Milk Thistle as well as the Denamarin

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 5:39:42 AM PDT
My now 10 yr old choc lab was diagnosed w chronic liver disease after a couple of yrs of high then disasterous liver enzymes. Specifically ALT. I have had her on Denosyl in conjunction w milk thistle. This has saved her life. Although very costly, it has bought her time. She still has elevated enzymes but, it definitely has helped a great deal! I highly recommend both. U can also get the Denosyl that has milk thistle in it!

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 3:48:44 PM PDT
M. Ericksen says:
My dog has elevated liver enzymes from medication from a calcified disc in his neck. He was taking Dexamethazone. He is being weaned off of it. But in the meantime I gave him (40 lb Beagle) 2 pills (100 mg) one in the am with food and one in the pm with food. The vet said his liver enzymes were way down and his liver did shrink. He told me to keep him on it. He is much better and currently diagnosed with diabetes. He has lost weight and is now down to 32 pounds and doing well....
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