Liver Cleansing Diet and Milk Thistle
liver damage has been determined by a chemistry panel, which show elevated
values of Alk Phos, Alt (SGPT), and GGT, and then a urine bile acid test or a
pre- and post-meal bile acid test, our Guardian Angels have had great success in
reversing liver damage by doing three things:
The liver cleansing diet has been formulated by W. Jean Dodds, DVM. Dr. Dodds recommends a formula of 2 cups of pollack, cod or any other low fat white fish fillet to 6 cups of veggies and potatoes, or 25% pollack, cod or any other low fat white fish fillet to 75% veggies and potatoes. This diet has proved extremely successful in reversing liver damage along with reducing Phenobarbital.
Scrub the potatoes well and cut them up crosswise into 2" pieces so the skin circles the potatoes. OR, you can peel the potatoes before you cook them. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When cooled, remove the skins.
Wash the zucchini and cut up with string beans, celery or squash and steam or cook until very tender.
2 cups pollack, cod or any other low fat white fish fillet poached in a frying pan with water until fish is white and flaky.
Mix all ingredients together until it is well blended. This will give you approximately 8 cups of food. Depending on the size of your dog, you can double or triple the recipe. For flavor you can add a pinch of garlic powder and a little Italian Seasoning to each meal.
For supplementation use the recommend dose of infants liquid multi-vitamin.
If you have been feeding kibble please remember that kibble has many more calories than the liver cleansing diet. You will need to feed at least 25% to 50% more home cooking than kibble until you are sure your dogs weight is holding where you want it. Dogs can loose weight very quickly on the liver cleansing diet so you need to monitor their weight carefully.
With liver disease try to feed in 3 or 4 small meals, the last one being at bedtime. This puts less stress on the liver. Put 3 days of meals in baggies and freeze what you won't use in 3 days. You should be able to cook once a week and freeze what you don't use. This recipe will stay fresh for 3 days in the fridge.
White low-fat fish has a specific amino acid that actually helps heal the liver. Soy and fat-free cottage cheese also have this specific amino acid, but should not be used in a diet until the liver enzymes test comes back in a normal range.
Dr. Dodds recommends using milk thistle in the doses listed below to help heal the liver along with reducing Phenobarbital (according to your vet) and feeding the liver cleansing diet.
Milk Thistle Dosage (from the newsletter "Healthy Pets - Naturally"):
For more information on Milk Thistle, click here.
For full supplementation, use an Infant's liquid multi vitamin (use the dose for the body weight recommended) or read the list of supplements in the article "Supplements For Home Cooked Diet".