My truly amazing budgie, Nur, was diagnosed about a year ago with a kind of "irritable bowel syndrome"..that the vet told me would come and go..and prescribed some herbal remedies.. ..but he took a very sudden downward turn a week ago..losing his appetite completely (food and water)..and molting heavily..the vet rechecked his xrays and did fecal cultures and decided, as you most likely have already guessed..that he has fatty liver disease..
..so now he is off his food and water..they prescribed milk thistle (liquid, 2 drops a day), supplemental hand feeding and hydration..which i chose over hospitalizing him..he's looking about the same..pretty crummy and certainly hates all the hand held attention..
..i know this is an old story to alot of you in this group, but i need to ask for my sweet and sassy friend and my heart broken self..is there anything new in treatment?..is there a risk that the milk thistle could make him worse at this point?..any advice is welcome, here, or at my email...
..thanks so much...
kj
My truly amazing budgie, Nur, was diagnosed about a year ago with a kind of "irritable bowel syndrome"..that the vet ... thistle could make him worse at this point?..any advice is welcome, here, or at my email... ..thanks so much... kj

Sorry about your budgie's problems, kj. I'm not a vet, but I haven't heard that milk thistle could harm a bird at all as long as it is given as directed. I used to know a person who treated her birds with fatty liver disease with milk thistle combined in either dandelion or chickweed tea which are also cleansing for the liver. I hope he recovers.

Janet Levy
At this point, if anything can help her it is probably milk thistle (although I'd probably take it a step further and go with aloe detox). It won't hurt her, even in higher doses it's hard to do them harm unless they aspirate it.
I'm sorry you're having to deal with this, it's very difficult and frustrating, I know Emotion: sad.

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Sorry about your budgie's problems, kj. I'm not a vet, but I haven't heard that milk thistle could harm a ... milk thistle combined in either dandelion or chickweed tea which are also cleansing for the liver. I hope he recovers.

Can you use human supplements for the milk thistle...the sort in liquid form? If so how much of it?
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