Liver Tonic for dogs and cats was formulated to help animals that are suffering with a sluggish or toxic liver. Since the liver is the primary detoxifying organ, it often suffers the most due to our toxic environment. Luckily, the liver is very resilient and can usually repair itself with some help. Liver Tonic contains USDA organic herbs and has been formulated by a certified Master Herbalist to have a tonifying and gentle detoxifying effect on this very important organ. Safe and gentle enough to use for the life of your dog or cat.
What are the Symptoms of a Stressed Liver?
Symptoms that we often see in our clients' pets include skin conditions, digestive issues and behavioral changes. These imbalances occur because of the many roles the liver plays in an animal's health. Diagnostic testing by a veterinarian can show a liver that is struggling indicated by high liver enzymes Alanine transaminase (ALT) and/or Aspartate transaminase (AST). This occurs because damaged liver cells leak higher than normal amounts of certain chemicals, including liver enzymes, into the bloodstream, which can result in elevated liver enzymes on blood tests. Often after using our Liver Support formula the levels of these enzymes will come back down into the normal range. Recognizing and removing contributing factors such as unnecessary vaccinations, flea and tick products and pharmaceutical drugs (when possible) greatly benefit this process.
What are the Roles of the Liver in our Pet's Health?
1). The liver detoxifies poisonous substances for elimination by the kidneys. When this isn't done properly these toxins can remain is circulation with the body trying to eliminate them through the skin (resulting in skin conditions), storing them in adipose (fat) tissue (resulting in fatty lipomas) and eventually the kidneys will suffer to some degree.
2). By secreting bile, the liver plays an important role in the digestion of lipids. If the liver is sluggish it will not secrete proper amounts of bile resulting in the incomplete digestion of fats and poor elimination of excess cholesterol in stool.
3). The liver helps to maintain normal blood glucose levels and synthesize blood proteins that are important to proper blood clotting and blood volume.
4). The liver also stores vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12, and the minerals iron and copper in order to provide a constant supply of these essential substances to the tissues of the body.
✓ Organic Herbs
Our formula contains certified USDA organic herbs. Research shows organic herbs have higher amounts of important nutrients as opposed to conventionally raised plants. Organic farming methods are also better for the environment and of course do not have the levels of residual pesticides that conventionally grown herbs can have. We also do not use wild crafted herbs in our formulas as this practice can damage wild populations of herbs and you do not necessarily know where the herbs are coming from or how they've been grown. Instead, we prefer to be on the safe side and only obtain herbs from USDA certified organic farms.
✓ Natural Ingredients
Natural ingredients are going to be gentler on your animal's body when compared to synthetic chemical ingredients or medications. The proper natural constituents are able to provide the body with what it needs to heal and get better. This is in direct contrast to synthetic ingredients or medications that can be especially hard on the liver and kidneys. Medications are also designed to have a symptom suppressing action in line with the principles of allopathic medicine which is to create a diagnoses and then use drugs to suppress symptoms. Using this course of action can never result in true healing and is not really meant to.
✓ Alcohol-Free Tincture with ORGANIC Vegetable Glycerin for Animals
Our blend is formulated by a special process using low heat and organic vegetable glycerin. Tinctures are concentrated forms of a plant's constituents that are readily absorbed and utilized by your pet's body. Because your pet may not like the taste of alcohol, we use vegetable glycerin which gives our tinctures a sweet taste your animals will like. Vegetable glycerin is a carbohydrate but is metabolized differently than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. It is also an efficient menstruum which extracts valuable constituents from plants and makes them readily available to the body. In addition, we take the extra time and effort to use a low heat process that extracts many more constituents than just soaking in glycerin alone as is done by most other herbal companies. And, of course, the use of organic vegetable glycerin ensures your pet avoids genetically modified ingredients and herbicides in their natural medicine.
✓ Uses only Human Grade Ingredients
Our products are manufactured using human grade ingredients. In the pet industry this is far from the rule as many companies use pet quality ingredients, those considered "not fit for human consumption".
✓ Uses Fresh, High Quality Ingredients
We purchase our ingredients from some of the most highly regarded companies in their respective fields so you and your animals are ensured the finest quality supplements. In addition, we purchase in small quantities to make sure the products we provide to you are fresh and bursting with important nutrients. This is in direct contrast to many other products on the market that can spend a year or longer sitting in non-climate controlled warehouses before they even get to you.
A proprietary formula containing the following organic herbs in a 1:5 ratio of herb to menstruum:
Milk Thistle Seed (Silybum marianum), Dandelion Root & Leaf (Taraxacum officinale), Burdock Root (Arctium lappa), Nettle Leaf (Urtica Dioica), Alfalfa Leaf (Medicago sativa) and Red Clover (Trifolium pratense).
Other Ingredients: ORGANIC vegetable Glycerin, Distilled water. Alcohol free!
About the Organic Herbs in this Formula
Milk Thistle Seed - Silymarin and other compounds found in this herb strengthen and protect the liver by stimulating the production of new cells to replace damaged ones.
Dandelion Root - Acts as a gentle liver detoxifier by stimulating bile production that aids liver function and helps to eliminate accumulating toxins.
Dandelion Leaf - A gentle diuretic, rich in potassium, that helps the kidneys efficiently remove nitrogenous waste products benefiting the body's detoxification process.
Burdock Root - A nutritive liver tonic that works well with dandelion root. This herb helps to stimulate bile production while cleansing and improving the health of the blood.
Nettle Leaf - A wonderful tonic herb rich in vitamins and blood cleansing chlorophyll. This herb helps to strengthen and tone the entire system especially the liver and kidneys.
Alfalfa Leaf - A very nutritious herb that helps to inactivate chemical carcinogens in the liver, cleanse the blood with its chlorophyll content and help with the absorption of fat soluble nutrients in the small intestine.
Red Clover - This herb is a wonderful detoxifier and blood purifier that will assist the liver in its detoxification duties.
Provide 1 ml per 25 lbs 2 - 3 times per day. May be squirted directly in the mouth, placed in a small amount of favorite food (goat milk yogurt works well) or added to meals. It is desirable to provide herbal remedies such as this away from meals for better absorption when possible.
You may safely use up to 4 mls per 25 lbs 2 - 3 times daily for a short period of time depending on the severity of your animal's condition. As your animal's condition improves slowly decrease dosage to minimum effective dosage. Contact us if you have any questions.
To apply directly in mouth just pull out lower lip at back of mouth and squirt in desired amount. Don't tilt head back and squirt down throat or your pet may breath some in. Wipe off dropper before placing back in container. If your animal coughs afterwards it is a sign they are breathing some in and it may be best to place in food in the future.
Long Term Use: After the first two - four weeks when your animal's condition stabilizes or improves begin to use on a schedule of 5 days on and 2 days off as long as your animal's condition allows this schedule without deterioration.
We recommend you purchase enough for at least 2 - 4 weeks to get an idea if this remedy will work for your animal. Use the chart below as a guide.
Approximate Daily Servings per Container
|Container Size||10 lbs||25 lbs||35 lbs||50 lbs|
|2 oz (2 or 3 servings per day)
||60 or 40||30 or 20||22 or 15||15 or 10|
|4 oz (2 or 3 servings per day)
||120 or 80||60 or 40||45 or 30||30 or 20|
Storage: If to be used over a period of a few weeks store at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Refrigerate for longer term storage.
Important: If animal's condition worsens or does not improve or any unusual symptoms occur discontinue use and consult your veterinarian. Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven.