Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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Milk Thistle and Liver Dysfunction in Cats

Liver diseases are common in cats, either as the primary illness or secondary to another illness. Your vet should evaluate your pet for the cause of liver disease or failure. There are hundreds of metabolic functions the liver performs. If any one or more of these functions is interrupted, the liver is unable to maintain the body’s health. There are many different causes of liver dysfunction depending upon what metabolic functions are affected, therefore, the treatment depends upon the cause.

If your cat does not eat for two days, they need to be seen by your vet immediately!
Liver disease can be caused by anorexia and not eating.

If it is related to toxins or drugs – such as corticosteroids, antibiotics, diuretics, chemotherapy, flea medication or heartworm treatment. – removal of the substance or discontinuing the drug is essential.
If infection is causing the dysfunction, treatment must include antibiotics or other medications prescribed to treat the specific causative organism (viruses, protozoan).
If it is secondary to a primary illness of another body organ, the primary illness must be treated.
If liver dysfunction is caught early and aggressive therapy is instituted, survival rates are good – about 60-80%.
Because the liver can regenerate new cells to replace the diseased cells, it is possible for normal liver function to be restored. Milk thistle is given to support the healing of the liver as it recovers from liver disease.

Milk thistle is an herb that contains the anti-oxidant, silymarin, as its main active ingredient. It helps cure liver diseases and fight the toxic effects of various drugs by stimulating the regenerative processes of the liver. Milk thistle is an efficient remedy against poisoning and the anti-oxidant fights against free radicals. Derived from the flowering plant of the daisy family (Asteraceae), the seeds have been used for thousands of years.
Milk thistle does not have any side effects and can be used long term. It is available in pill and liquid form.

Milk Thistle may be given to cats with:
Liver damage due to other drug treatments and therapies
Fatty liver disease, hepatomegaly (enlarged liver)
Digestive disorders
Chronic hepatitis, Bile issues
Prevention of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and gallstones
Poisoning from insectacides, pesticides, mushrooms and some drugs
Infections caused by protozoa

Milk thistle dosing is determined by the cat’s body weight. The recommended dose is 10 mg. per pound. If the cat suffers from a serious disease, higher doses may be needed – sometimes, up to 3 times more than the usual dose.    

If giving milk thistle as a liquid tincture, use the measured dropper for accurate dosing. The dose is calculated by the cat’s body weight – 1 drop per 2 pounds – and should be given in divided doses of 2 or more per day.

Overdose of milk thistle can cause upset stomach, diarrhea and gas. If your cat shows any of these symptoms of overdose, discontinuing treatment should be done immediately. The symptoms should subside after ceasing the milk thistle, but if the symptoms continue, consult your vet.

Consultation with an herbalist or holistic veterinarian should be done before initiating this herbal therapy. Be sure to tell the vet or herbalist all medications your cat takes to avoid adverse drug-drug or drug-herb interactions.

Denamarin for veterinary use. Indications, cautions and warnings, directions and dosage info.

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