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Derry wrote at 2015-12-02 10:41:10
Re Buddy the cat. Giving Milk Thistle will certainly dehydrate. Kidneys will suffer if not re-hydrated. Owner may be using it for liver concerns but it is a strong diuretic & cat may not be supplementing enough with drinking water, if at all. Worse if diet of dry food. Owner could mash small amount of can meat, add water to it that way to ensure hydration. Or some water added to milk, or lactose free milk.

R. Astby wrote at 2016-05-19 23:26:15
This cat owner should be aware that Milk Thistle is a diuretic also. So dehydration to her cat would be the result she probably isn't aware of. Kidneys & other organs would be deprived of fluid because Milk Thistle creates urination. And cats are known not to be large drinkers of water adding to the problem.

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I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.


I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

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