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Liver Health - Pet Herbals

Liver Health - Pet Herbals

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Promoting liver health in pets through herbal and natural treatments can be a holistic approach to support overall well-being. The liver plays a crucial role in metabolizing nutrients, detoxifying the body, and maintaining proper digestion. While these herbal treatments may offer support, it's imperative to consult with a veterinarian to ensure they are safe, appropriate for the individual pet, and do not interfere with any pre-existing health conditions or medications.

Milk Thistle: Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a well-known herb recognized for its potential benefits in liver health. The active compound, silymarin, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may support liver function and regeneration. Milk thistle is commonly used in pets to address liver conditions, such as hepatitis or toxin exposure. 

Dandelion Root: Dandelion root is another herb that is traditionally believed to have liver-protective properties. It acts as a gentle diuretic, promoting the elimination of toxins from the body. Additionally, dandelion root is thought to stimulate bile production, aiding in digestion and supporting liver function. 

Turmeric: Turmeric, with its active compound curcumin, possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may benefit liver health. Turmeric may assist in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the liver. It can be incorporated into the pet's diet, either as a spice or in supplement form, to provide potential support for liver function. 

Holistic liver care for pets should encompass a combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and appropriate herbal supplements. Monitoring the pet's liver enzymes through veterinary check-ups is crucial to assess the effectiveness of any liver care regimen and make necessary adjustments. 

 

How to Dose

Dogs

0.5 kg – 4.5kg = 1-3 drops 2-3 x day

4.5kg – 10 kg = 3-5 drops 2-3 x day

10kg – 22kg = 5-10 drops 2-3x day

50kg onwards = 10 – 20 drops 2-3 x day

Start slow and slowly build up eg.  3 drops for first week, then increase second week to full dose. Remain on the dosage for a few weeks, then decrease slowly.  If symptoms return start again.

Cats

5 drops 2 x day with a strong-smelling food (to disguise) otherwise if you cat is brave you can place the drops inside their mouth.  Start slow and slowly build up eg.  3 drops for first week, then increase second week to full dose. Remain on the dosage for a few weeks, then decrease slowly.  If symptoms return start again.

May contain trace amounts of alcohol.  If you want to take the alcohol out of your tincture, then take lid off bottle, simmer slowly till water starts to bubble (only slightly bubbling) remover, then your done.  This will help to evaporate the alcohol from your tincture.

 

Disclaimer

This website is for educational purposes only. The information provided here is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian or healthcare professional for specific concerns or issues related to your pet's health.

While natural therapies can be valuable in supporting your pet's health, it's crucial to emphasize that consulting with a qualified veterinarian may also be essential.  When incorporating natural therapies alongside conventional medicine for your pets, it's crucial to exercise caution and be aware of potential contraindications. Certain herbs or supplements may interact with prescribed medications, affecting their efficacy or causing unintended side effects, underscoring their importance. Consulting with a veterinarian experienced in integrative approaches will help to ensure the well-being of your furry companions.

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