Re: Healing a Damaged Liver
How long you continue to administer liver support supplements depends on the extent of liver disease and your vet would be the best person to answer your question. Liver enzymes can be severely elevated by any number of causative factors and more often than not, the problem is something other than primary liver disease. Therefore, unless appropriate testing has been done and a diagnosis of severe liver disease has been confirmed, it is not a good idea to restrict protein as doing so can actually be detrimental to the dog. What was your dog's actual diagnosis? Was a bile acid test and biopsy done to make the diagnosis? Dogaware is one of my favorite sites for any number of canine diseases and I have included the url for liver disease below. I think you will find some very useful information there. In particular, there is a link to Diagnosing Liver Disease, A Roundtable Discussion which is very informative but the link they provide isn't a direct link to this paper sponsored by IDEXX Labs. This is a Q & A discussion with many board certified specialists who deal with and lecture on canine liver disease. I've also provided the appropriate url for that below:
Re: Healing a Damaged Liver
It can be really hard and frustrating to get appropriate support outside your vet's office when it comes to certain health issues. And, I agree that it's very important to consult with your vet before using herbal remedies.
I just want to add, I've learned to be as vigil lent in researching herbal remedies and diet-based changes as the medications my vet prescribes. There are side affects you need to consider, as well as any medications the herbs or diet might interfere with. There are quite a few herbal remedies and diets I've run across that may benefit one issue, but cause or aggravate another.
If your vet suggests you stop milk thistle, I would stop. Milk Thistle can suppress liver function as well as support it. And while it does have its benefits, it also can cause complications, such as loose stools, poor appetite, gas.bloating and allergies, (some serious).
Sending good thoughts for you and your dog.
Re: Healing a Damaged Liver
Well at this point all his values are back to normal and the Vet told me I can stop giving him everything after one week which it has already been over a week. My only interest in wanting to continue to give him the Milk Thistle is that it's pretty much like a liver detox and helps keep toxins from building up in the liver over time which after this is something I deffinetly do NOT want happening. So I was mainly just interesting in seeing if other owners give their dogs Milk Thistle and how often they do just to get some imput from other people about it.
The actual diagnosis was that he had sludge in his gallbladder from a bile duct obstuction or more specifically cholestasis, this tells you a little bit about it: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/...ct_obstruction. Whenever there is something wrong with the gallbladder it usually always leads to problems with the liver. When he went in to the EVet his liver values weren't too high but after he was given medication to help move the sludge out of his gallbladder and once it finely did move out of his gallbladder the liver values sky rocketed up to extremely high levels. The food they gave him originally was Science Diet l/d canned and he would not eat it and when tested again his values had gone up even more. After I found the diet listed above online and he started eating normal they started to go down and lowered significantly within two weeks from the highest(the ALKP) going down from over 4000 to about 600. That's why I extremely recommend the food ecspecially if you have a picky eater which my dog is. Once I started feeding him the homecooked diet his values went down right away. The main reason for this is because dogs with live problems NEED caleries for their liver to get better. If your dog doesn't eat enough it won't get better and could(like my dog) actually get worse. I know that dogs need protein in their diet which is why he is getting the white fish, I contacted a nutritionlist and she told me the same thing. It just have to be small amounts of protien because too much can be a strain on the liver.
He did not have a biopsy done. I spoke to the Vet about it and she said it wasn't necassary. They did take a lot of Xrays and did an Ultrusound of the liver and gallbladder. When he left the EVet(he stayed there for four nights) his gallbladder was completely cleared of sludge and he was just put on the medication to help out his liver. Since there is now nothing wrong with the Gallbladder and the liver enzymes are now down everything is officially taken care of and back to the way it should be. Now my only concern is wanting to make sure it stays that way and looking into preventative measures to make sure everything stays in great health and optimal working order which I plan on doing by making sure he is one a healthy diet(eventually figuring out a permanent homecooked diet) and using healthy herbs as a way to keep toxins and stuff from building up and damaging his liver ever again. After all this I'm slighty paraniod and planning on studying as much as I can about the health of pretty much every organ my dog possesses..it's a little crazy but I love my dog and plan on nothing like this EVER happening again.
Thank you for the links I'll be sure to give them a look :)