Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer : Milk Thistle - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

Milk thistle could also promote faster recovery from adverse reactions to vaccinations and illnesses such as parvovirus, which can do serious damage to your dog’s body. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of milk thistle could help dogs recover more quickly.

Dosages of milk thistle extract are usually based on a silymarin content of around 80 % and the dog’s weight.

There are currently a number of medications that dogs are routinely given as preventatives for various health conditions. One example of this is heartworm preventative. In many areas, without the heartworm medication, dogs can suffer and die if they get the heartworm parasite. Unfortunately, heartworm preventative can cause damage to the liver over a period of time. When a dog is given a vaccine, or even a preventative treatment against heartworm, ticks or fleas, the dog is ingesting chemicals that are difficult for the dog’s liver to process. Milk thistle helps protect the liver against damage inflicted by these chemicals, but of course getting the best milk thistle dosage for dogs is essential.

Organic Milk Thistle Seed for Dogs and Cats

Because of the antioxidant properties in milk thistle, it is best and ideal herb for detoxification for your dogs. You can also open the capsule and sprinkle out its contents over food, but be warned that very finicky dogs might not eat their food this way, as milk thistle tastes bitter, and you wouldn’t want it going to waste. My less-discriminating dogs have been fine with the taste of sprinkled milk thistle, so long as it’s “sweetened” with a dash of and a splash of . Yum!

Liver Problems in Dogs and Cats - Supplements with Milk Thistle

If any of my dogs happen to undergo anesthesia for any surgical procedure, I double their milk thistle dose for a week afterward, to be sure their liver and kidneys won’t be unduly compromised. If you’re using lots of this excellent stuff, it’s more cost-effective to purchase milk thistle seeds that you grind yourself in a nut grinder dedicated for that purpose. The amount of one capsule is a scant half-teaspoon.

Liver Defense - 2 oz. - Dandelion & Milk Thistle for Dogs & Cats


Our milk thistle supplement contains 100 mg of milk thistle, standardized to 80% silymarin. Each bottle contains 60 capsules. Our milk thistle for dogs can be used by people or pets. Research suggests that Silymarin (the flavolignans removed from milk thistle) and its antioxidant properties can be beneficial for dogs (5). Studies also suggest that milk thistle may support a healthy liver in dogs. Milk Thistle can be beneficial for dogs with Cushings Disease (a common adrenal disorder), as liver problems are often associated with the disease due to the stress it places on the liver.Our new K9 Choice Milk Thistle for Dogs offers the same great product as our Lignans for Life Milk Thistle, with special instructions on dosage for dogs of all sizes. Our milk thistle supplement contains 100 mg of milk thistle, standardized to 80% silymarin. Each bottle contains 60 capsules.