Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing
June D. relates,
Catherine mentioned milk thistle liquid for helping manage liver disease in Amazon. Her diet is being changed and she is on a liver supplement from her Vet. Any suggestion regarding dosage would be very much appreciated.
Posey is 22 years of age and weighs 590 gms.
Milk Thistle is a good supplement for birds, especially ones who suffer from fatty liver disease. Dosage varies depending on the brand and the weight of the bird.
I just looked at one brand that recommended 2 drops for a 2 lb bird. Well, only larger birds weigh 2 pounds, so what do you give a parakeet? A 1/4 drop? Just not possible so most likely a drop a day would be more than sufficient for most birds to start.
Please note that the drops may not be very tasty so once the bird gets the quick dose, you might also offer a small treat like a berry so the bird can cleanse the nasty taste out of its mouth.
It truly is hard to determine but if you stick to 2 drops daily you should not have any issues and still feel like you are helping.
Weighing your bird weekly is a good option to determine if your bird is not doing as well and is starting to suffer more from the fatty liver.
Keep an eye on the beak and nails so that they are not too overgrown, as that is a sign of the disease progressing.
We took in a pair of parakeets a few months ago that now live with our flock of keet rescues and one day I noticed one’s beak was quite long. We had to pull him and trim his beak before he starved. Now we are watching him closely and monthly will do beak and nail trims to ensure that he can enjoy his life comfortably.
Please let us know how she is doing.