When we found out our lab, Summer, had liver cancer I started searching the net for things that I could do for her to ease the pain and hopefully prolong her life for as long as humanely possible.  Some of  the first information I found after searching the net was to give a dog with liver cancer Milk

Thistle Silymarin.  I found out that Milk Thistle is a powerful antioxidant which protects the body from free radicals.  Free radicals can

Lab before she had Liver Cancer

Our Summer before she had liver cancer.

do damage to cells and eventually lead to cancer.  Milk Thistle also protects the liver from harmful toxins which helps prevent liver poisoning.  It also helps treat liver diseases, improves liver function and helps the liver regenerate itself by stimulating the growth of liver cells to replace the cells that are damaged.  I immediately started Summer on Milk Thistle hoping for the best.

Milk Thistle is the most researched and best understood of all medicinal herbs.  When treated with Milk Thistle, even extreme cases of hepatitis and liver degeneration have shown improvement.  Milk Thistle X is even more potent than Milk Thistle.  This is because it contains other herbs, such as dandelion, artichoke and licorice.  The combination of these herbs with the Milk Thistle enhances liver protection and bile excretion.  Milk Thistle can support the part of the liver that is still healthy and working but it cannot cure cirrhosis.  Cirrhosis is a very destructive form of liver disease.

Dog after tests and treatments for liver cancer

Summer after tests and treatment. At this point her blood work had come back better and she was doing better even though she doesn’t look like it in this picture.

Milk Thistle is very safe to take and doesn’t have any negative side effects, even when taken in

high doses for a long period of time.  You can find it at your local health food store.  Make sure that Silymarin, or Silybum Marianum, is listed in the ingredients in a standardized formula with at least 80% Silymarin.  You should give your dog 100 mg per 25 lbs, 2 – 3 times per day.  You should also check with your vet about the right dosage.

They have come out with a new Super Milk Thistle which is a new form of Silymarin that is bound to phosphatidylcholine.  The bound version is more effective than the unbound version.  This new formula also contains dandelion like Milk Thistle X.

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