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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

It’s springtime, which means it’s time for us to finally go outside without running the risk of becoming a popsicle! Unfortunately, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes all have the same idea. We’ve already seen a lot of pet parents coming in to pick up products that preemptively combat these warm weather pests, but we’ve noticed something always seems to be missing from their baskets.

Milk thistle is a pet parent essential when it comes to giving your furry friends any sort of medication or supplement. It has been used medicinally for hundreds of years, with its origins lying in Southern Europe and Asia. The plant itself looks like a prickly weed with a bright purple flower, but believe it or not, it’s actually a close relative of the daisy.

It’s very possible that you’re already familiar with milk thistle because it can be found in most stores that carry human supplements. Maybe you’ve even already used it yourself, which is great, especially because many of the benefits people receive can be seen in cats and dogs, as well!

The number one use of milk thistle is liver health; and that goes for both pets and people. It acts as a sort of cleansing agent to help the body–specifically the liver–process toxins ingested with medication, antibiotics, heavy metals, and free radicals. If an animal is, or ever has been, on any medication, milk thistle should definitely be integrated into their routine. This includes topical ointments, as they can still enter the bloodstream, bringing toxins along with them. Even the pet parents who choose to take a holistic health approach should have a little milk thistle on hand, because with the amount your animal is exposed to on a regular basis, it’d be impossible to keep them 100% toxin-free.

In addition to liver protection, milk thistle can help ease allergy symptoms, which is especially crucial during pollen and ragweed season. There are also skin benefits, and functional boosts to vital organs like the kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, and stomach.

Milk thistle can be ingested¬†orally, and it’s as easy as sprinkling a bit of powder on your pet’s food. In fact, we recommend that you only give it to your pet in powdered form, since that’s when it’s most pure. Herbsmith is our go-to when it comes to what we give our own pets. Aside from going out and picking it yourself, this is the purest form you can get it in, which is something especially important for a product that’s meant to help your pets avoid toxins! Part of that–and this goes for any brand–is because keeping the milk thistle in a powdered form means it is going through minimal processing, whereas it loses certain beneficial qualities when made into tablet or oil form.

Remember: any cat or dog can benefit from milk thistle, even if they’re on a strictly all-natural diet (which includes feeding raw!). But this time of year is even more crucial than any other since so many of us are introducing repellents to our pets. Toxins are great at hiding in unexpected places, so it’s best to kick them out before they have the chance to let themselves in.

 

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