Milk thistle is a supplement often recommended for dogs to support their liver. It is considered an aid to healing after drug therapy, vaccinations, and infections like parvo virus etc. Milk thistle generally supports the immune system throughits powerful antioxidant, free radical scavenging action.
Milk thistle should be reserved for treatment for an existing disease or when your animal is on medicines like Phenobarbital that affect the liver, rather than using it everyday on a healthy dog.
Dosage is particularly important as high dosages of milk thistle will eventually suppress the liver function. As a general guidance, the recommended dosage is 75 to 100mg for every 5kg of body weight, once a day.
Please be aware of what product you purchase at your local shops as some of the milk thistle products have other ingredients in them like magnesium and vitamin b12 and turmeric etc.
Why must one be careful with the added ingredients? In the case of magnesium, there is not a lot of research into the use of it with dogs and in the case of turmeric, if your dog is on epilepsy meds, turmeric is contra indicated for use with these meds.
As I always say, natural does not equal safe. One must know how to use these products correctly with animals in all cases.
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