Milk thistle for dogs

March 4, 2013

In Latin, milk thistle is also referred to as Silybum marianum or Silymarin. It is an effective herb which is predominantly used as natural treatment for the liver.  It is a bioflavonoid. It belongs to the aster family. Originally, it is found in parts of America and Europe.  Since ancient Roman times, both the seeds and roots of this herb have been used for medicinal purposes. Primarily, it is used to detoxify and regenerate the liver.

  • Milk thistle is capable of protecting the liver against drugs and heavy metals. It is highly effective in the treatment of various liver diseases. It activates the synthesis of protein.  Moreover, it stimulates the growth of new cells in the liver. It serves as replacements of the ones which are damaged or dead.
  • Milk thistle can be good for dogs suffering from liver problems such as hepatic lipidosis, hepatitis, pericholangitis, fatty liver and cholangitis. It helps cure these problems by increasing the intracellular levels of glutathione. This is a substance which is essential for detoxifying reactions.
  • Moreover, it contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are helpful in destroying oxygen free radicals. These can cause degenerative diseases including cancer. It also helps in the treatment of gallstones and inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • If milk thistle is given to a pet following a drug regime, it can protect the liver of the dog against damage or ill-effects from the chemicals.  This can consist of the chemicals which are used during the treatment of any type of illness. This can even include vaccinations or preventive applications against tick, flea or heartworm.
  •  Consumption of Amanita phalloides mushrooms by dogs can result to severe liver damage. These mushrooms have two of the most toxic liver poisons namely amanitin and phalloidin. They can result to liver imbalance and eventually, death among dogs.  If silymarin in milk thistle is given before the ingestion of these mushrooms, it is nearly 100% effective in the prevention of liver damage and death in dogs.
  • Some common canine liver problems and related diseases which can be treated with milk thistle include pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas and leptospirosis which is a bacterial infection.

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