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Will Milk Thistle help a 6 pound dog with liver disease

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Will Milk Thistle help a 6 pound dog with liver disease almost 14 years old..eye whites are yellow
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

The best I can tell you is that it won't hurt. Whie controlled clinical studies demonstrating efficacy and a standardized form and concentration of silymarin (milk thistle) are lacking, it's being used to treat a variety of liver diseases in humans and domestic companion animals. It's mostly of interest in treating chronic and acute liver disease, cirrhosis, and as a hepato-protective agent when hepatotoxic agents are ingested such as poisonous mushrooms. I would pleased to review any test results you could upload to our conversation. At this time I know only that your elderly dog is icteric (jaundiced).

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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