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Hello.... My 7 year old Japanese Chin seems to have an enlarged spleen. X rays & Ultrasound have been done & she does not have cancer. Her bloodwork is good & recently was on a round of antibiotics after having a hernia removed. I was wondering if Milk Thistle serves a purpose for the spleen as it does for the liver. She had no apparent issues but she does lie around a lot more than she used to. I'll be taking her back to our Vet next week to have her stitches removed but I was just curious to get someone's opinion on the use of Milk Thistle.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

Although this is not a common use, it is used to detoxify organs so although it might be of some assistance to the spleen it certainly will not harm the spleen. Milk thistle has been used in traditional herbal medicine for thousands of years – its recorded use dates back to the 1st century. Over the centuries milk thistle was used for many ailments including disorders of the liver, kidney, spleen.

In some individuals may cause:

  • Appetite loss;
  • Bloating;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Indigestion;
  • Intestinal gas;
  • Nausea

I definitely would still chat with your veterinarian about this use as a precaution since they have her full medical history but there is little harm in using milk thistle in a healthy dog

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