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Vet Talks: The Many Uses of Milk Thistle For Cats and Dogs

Vet Talks 2 min read

This month as we talk about an integrative approach to pet health, we wanted to discuss the powerful benefits of Milk Thistle for cats and dogs in helping to improve liver function and protect the liver from the side effects of pharmaceuticals. We’ll discuss this, along with the many uses of Milk Thistle for cats and dogs.

This plant has been used since ancient times for liver disease, kidney disease, pancreatic disease, and cancer support.

What Is Milk Thistle?

Milk Thistle, otherwise known as Silybum Marianum, is from the family Asteraceae. It is known as a liver support herb, as well as an antioxidant. This plant has been used since ancient times for liver disease, kidney disease, pancreatic disease, and cancer support. Milk thistle also protects against toxins, supports regeneration of healthy cells, is anti-inflammatory, is useful for post- disease recovery, and is useful for hepatitis, generalized inflammation, toxin recovery, portosystemic shunt – any and all liver disease of dogs and cats.

Why Should I Want To Support My Pet’s Liver?

Think of the liver as a filter, which cleans the blood that has just been enriched with vitamins and minerals during digestion. The liver processes the material that the rest of your cat or dog’s body can’t use. The liver’s job is to take the toxins out of the blood. It’s important to note that toxins can be a normal part of a healthy body function, like breaking down protein.

When it comes to waste: Bile carries most waste into the intestine and out of your cat or dog’s body. Other waste is processed by the liver and goes through your cat or dog’s blood and into their kidneys and out through the urinary system.

In a nutshell, the liver is a large filter for toxins. With this in mind, we add Milk Thistle to aid the clearing of the liver for any patient of mine that is chronically on a western medication. Every drug is processed by the liver and can be a burden to the liver, causing elevated liver enzymes and decreasing liver function (such as medications to treat seizures). 

How Does Milk Thistle Work?

Milk Thistle aids in supporting the liver by decreasing aminotransferase activity (important in the synthesis of amino acids which form proteins that are an important indicator of liver damage). In our experience, using NHV Milk Thistle Extract has greatly reduced elevated blood liver enzymes and helped to treat liver disease.

What Are Some Other Beneficial Uses of Milk Thistle For Cats and Dogs?

Along with supporting the liver, Milk Thistle helps kidney disease, as it is a strong antioxidant to the kidneys reducing oxidative damage. We prescribe Milk Thistle for kidney disease to support the kidneys in treatments as well as prevent the progression of kidney disease.

Benefits for cancer are tremendous. Traditional treatments for cancer involve medications decreasing the immune system and the liver processes all of those drugs. Milk Thistle helps to protect against the negative effects of the medications and improves liver function.

If you have any questions regarding Milk Thistle, or if you would like a second opinion on a more integrative approach to your pet’s health that combines the benefits of natural supplements, please get in touch with us for a vet consultation. You can also contact our NHV Pet Expert.

Dr. Hillary Cook DVM

Dr. Hillary Cook DVM

Dr. Hillary Cook is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for over 20 years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, and chickens. When time allows, you can find her in the garden or on the tennis court!

Published: October 23, 2015

2 replies

  1. Ronald Krikorian says:

    Can I use milk thistle for my cats pancreatitis as he’s in much pain?

    1. Team NHV says:

      Hi Ronald,

      We’re so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty’s health, we can certainly imagine how painful this can be for him. Yes, Milk Thistle may be helpful for his pancreatitis health, especially as a liver, pancreas, and kidney support.

      Our main regimen for pancreatitis is:

      1. Mellit – has herbs that may help to reduce the blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, and balance the organs against the pancreatitis symptoms.

      2. Milk Thistle – helps to detoxify toxins from the liver, pancreas, and kidneys while supporting healthier functions.

      3. Turmeric – rich in curcumin property to help support the body against inflammation and pain throughout the body

      Here’s the link to our saver kit: https://www.nhvnaturalpetproducts.com/dog-cat-supplements-for-pancreas-imbalance

      We also have a blog that gives more info on how to manage pancreatitis through diet, weight, and supplements.

      You don’t have to feel alone in this, we’re here to help and let us know how we can be there to support your kitty’s health against the pancreatitis and its symptoms. Sending lots of love and healing vibes!

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