Standard Process Canine and Feline Hepatic Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Hepatic Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Hepatic Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

In cats and dogs, the liver can be easy to overlook. The reality is that the liver is an amazing organ!  We remember that the liver is a filtering, detox organ but it has so many more functions.  Functions that are vital for a healthy life.  In addition to filtering and detoxing the body, your pet’s liver plays a huge role in the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, blood pressure control, inflammation control, red blood cell recycling, itching and allergy conditions, also metabolism and storage of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

In today’s modern world, our pets need liver support now more than ever.  Our environment is flooded with chemicals, toxins and carcinogens.  The foods we eat are sprayed with poisons, and then pumped full of preservatives.  Additionally, conventional veterinary medicine doesn’t seem to have an answer for liver disease. At most, they have prescription diets that are full of glyphosate and genetically modified corn, wheat, and soy.  At their best, they have synthetic isolates from the milk thistle herb that are barely absorbed, cause stomach issues, and cost a fortune. There is a huge need for liver supplements for dogs.

In my holistic approach to animal health, we use nature to heal the underlying cause of liver disease. We reduce the work-load assigned to the liver as well as removing the built-up ‘clog’ of chronic inflammation. Over the years I have tried many liver supplements for dogs. One of the most effective supplements to heal the liver is Standard Process Canine and Feline Hepatic Support. We are going to go over some of the warning signs that your pet needs liver support, as well as how this amazing supplement stimulates health.

Common Signs That Your Dog May Benefit from Standard Process Hepatic Support
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow coloration of skin and eyes
  • Gassiness
  • Itchiness
  • Weight gain / weight loss
  • Bad breath
  • Stiff movement
  • Excessive shedding
  • Drinks a lot of water / Pee’s a lot
  • Inappetence or picky eater
  • Bloody or black tarry stools
  • Lethary / weakness
  • Fluid in abdomen
  • Abnormal color to urine
Common Signs of That Your Cat May Benefit from Standard Process Hepatic Support
  • Vomiting
  • Low appetite
  • Drooling / nausea
  • Increased amount of pee in litterbox
  • Yellow stool
  • Weight loss
  • Isolation / hiding behavior
  • Eating lots of grass
  • Yellow coloration of eyes and skin
Some Potential Causes of Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats
  • Ingestion of toxic plants
  • Medications – especially pain meds and anti-fungals
  • Household toxins
  • Genetically modified and moldy corn ingredients
  • Severe heat stroke or dehydration
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Contaminated food
  • Blood transfusions
  • Trauma
  • Chemical sprays on lawns
  • Glyphosates (Round Up)
  • Flea, tick and heartowrm medications
  • Vaccines – especially multiple at once
Standard Process Canine and Feline Hepatic Support Suggested Uses:
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune Disease – especially IMHA
  • Long term medication administration
  • Use of steroids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Seizures

Ingredients: Bovine liver PMG™ extract, bovine and ovine spleen, porcine duodenum, bovine kidney, porcine stomach, veal bone PMG™ extract, porcine jejunum, wheat germ oil, mushroom, bovine liver, bovine heart PMG™ extract, bovine orchic extract, ribonucleic acid, alfalfa juice, defatted wheat germ, calcium lactate, Ginkgo biloba, nutritional yeast, rice bran, black currant seed oil, beet leaf juice, beet root, oat flour, Silybum marianum, Taraxacum officinale, bovine liver fat extract, buckwheat leaf juice and seed, high selenium yeast, calcium glycerophosphate, L-glutamine, zinc rice chelate, Brussels sprouts, para-aminobenzoate, Perna canaliculus, carrot, Tillandsia usneoides, bovine pituitary PMG™ extract, porcine brain, allantoin, bovine thyroid PMG™ extract, magnesium lactate, betaine hydrochloride, inositol, chlorophyll extract, choline bitartrate, and ascorbic acid.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Hepatic Support


Bovine Liver PMG™ Extract Boosts the health of liver cells by giving them the exact proteins they need to repair without scar tissue (cirrhosis), improves detoxification pathways, great levels of iron, magnesium and phosphorus, packed with vitamin A, antioxidants and vitamin B-complex, and neutralizes potential liver autoimmune attack
Bovine and Ovine Spleen Provides cellular materials to create red blood cells and important immune system white blood cells.  Supports circulation and boosts the immune system.
Bovine Kidney Helps repair kidney cells to maintain normal kidney function – since a diseased liver puts greater stress and demand on the other primary detox organ, the kidney.  Improves detoxification pathways.
Porcine Stomach Improves digestion, assists in breaking down proteins before they get to the liver, heals digestive tract mucous membranes.
Veal Bone PMG™ Supports bone marrow health, improves production of red and white blood cells, assists in production of proteins which can help stabilize blood pressure, helps power the infection fighting
Porcine Jejunum Improves digestion, protects mucous membranes, decreases pancreas and GI tract inflammation, protects your pet’s body proteins and heals the gastrointestinal tract.
Wheat germ oil Rich source of the complete vitamin E complex, beneficial to stable metabolism and tissue protection. Helps repair damaged liver tissue.
Mushroom Packed with antioxidants, provides whole vitamin C complex which can restore gut-liver functions also contains tyrosinase which speeds healing, protects delicate tissues such as newly regenerated cells and important biomembranes.
Bovine Liver Boosts the health of liver cells – as some studies indicate that organ ingestion can result in 80% of those specific proteins ending up in the same organ in the digestor. Improves detoxification pathways, contains high levels of iron, magnesium and phosphorus, provides vitamin A complex, antioxidants and vitamin B complex.
Bovine Heart PMG™ Extract Supports optimal heart muscle oxygenation and repair.  Improves whole body circulation and oxygenation and repair. Provides electrolytes and balances electrophysiology.
Bovine Orchic Cytosol™ Extract Improves absorption and distribution of vitamins and nutrients.  Supplies hyaluronidase and valuable minerals like magnesium.
Ribonucleic Acid Supports healthy tissue regeneration, provides general circulation support and directly improves microcirculation which is extremely important in the functioning of the liver.
Alfalfa Juice Packed with vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting if clotting proteins produced in the liver are decreased. Contains manganese. Balances blood sugar and serves as an excellent source of vitamin C complex.
Defatted Wheat Germ Packed with nutrition. The fat portion is removed which can compromise product freshness and shelf life.  Acts as powerful antioxidant, dense in vitamin E, balances blood sugar, contains essential minerals such as selenium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium. Protects muscle health and stabilizes blood pressure.  Provides vitamin B complex.  Could aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Calcium Lactate Bioavailable source of calcium, improves the performance of many white blood cells, prevents secondary infections, balances electrolytes, and strengthens muscle contractions – especially in the heart, boosting circulation and perfusion to the liver.
Ginko biloba Used for thousands of years for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant purposes. Strengthens blood vessels, boosts platelet formation which is important for clotting and blood pressure maintenance. Boosts circulation which provides oxygen to liver cells.
Nutritional Yeast Provides whole vitamin B-complex, source of chromium, zinc for immune system boost and enzyme production, magnesium balances stress hormones, also source of manganese.
Rice Bran Provides whole vitamin B-complex, important for energy production while the liver heals, healthy fats help stabilize blood pressure. Contains vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Black Currant Seed Oil Contains water soluble and fat-soluble vitamins, tons of beneficial antioxidants, contains vitamin C complex, boosts the immune system, antibacterial and antiviral.
Beet leaf Juice Named by some as a top 20 healthiest food of all time and used for thousands of years.  Extremely high in iron and huge source of vitamin A.
Oat flour Source of vitamin A, an important fat-soluble vitamin, which is an important vitamin in the structure and protection of the liver.
Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) Well known herb beneficial for liver disease, protects liver cells from toxins, improves blood flow to the liver to remove dangerous inflammation.  Stimulates production of cells within the liver that ‘clean’ liver cells.
Taxacum officinale (Dandelion) A natural diuretic, flushes fluids through the liver, which flushes inflammation and exits through the kidneys.
Bovine Liver Fat Extract Proven to increase blood flow to the liver and to increase the number of liver cells in animals.  Unknown mechanism. May also improve removal of histamine.
Buckwheat leaf juice and seed Source of an extremely wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, selenium and vitamin B-complex. Contains multiple antioxidants, such as rutin, which strengthens arteries, veins, and capillaries.
Flaxseed Oil Omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, naturally balances previous poor nutrition, poor digestion or poor absorption of nutrients.  Protects nerve cells, reduces anxiety, normalizes digestion speed, potential natural cancer treatment and prevention.
High-selenium yeast A direct and large source of bioavailable selenium, which is important in healing your pets’ body.  Also, this nutrient deficiency is on the rise in the US due to our soils being depleted.
Calcium glycerophosphate Helps to neutralize acids which pass from the stomach to the small intestine, the alkaline compound is needed in bile.
L-glutamine Preferred energy source for enterocytes, the cells that line the digestive tract mucous membranes.  Keeps these mucous membranes healthy and helps prevent leaky-gut syndrome.
Zinc Liver Chelate Promotes normal digestion, acts as antioxidant, has antiviral properties, balances hormones and is involved in enzyme production and cycling.
Brussel Sprouts Packed with healthy compounds that protect cells from damage.  Improves healthy and structural integrity of arteries, veins, and capillaries.
Potassium para-amino benzoate (PABA) Supports the stability of gut bacterial microbiome, protects fragile cells, modulates the production or destruction of abnormal fibrous tissue (may prevent liver cirrhosis).
Strombus gigas (Conch) Packed with protein, magnesium and potassium.  Also contains iron and calcium, helps maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Carrot Provides vitamin A complex in natural form, contains multiple antioxidants which had multiple body tissues.
Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss) Tons of naturally occurring minerals, contains most of the B-vitamin complex.  Chloryphyll speeds up tissue healing and body detox, over 6 types of antioxidants, lowers blood sugar levels and potentially decreases secondary effects of diabetes.
Bovine Pituitary PMG™ Enhances support and communications between the pituitary and other body tissues.  Has been proven to improve pancreas insulin secretion.
Porcine Brain Provides fats for membrane creation. These membranes protect the nervous system and the cells of the liver.
Allantion Helps promote natural cellular regeneration in organs and fetuses.
Bovine Thyroid PMG™ Extract Supplies exact proteins needed for thyroid health, balances metabolism, could increase thyroid hormone production and cycling.  Neutralizes potential autoimmune reactions.
Magnesium Lactate Source of magnesium, which is an important mineral in cellular communication and enzyme pathways.
Betaine hydrochloride Acts as an acid in the stomach, contributing to protein break down.  Helps regulate the pH of the whole digestive tract.
Chlorophyll Extract Supports daily detoxification, contributes vitamin K necessary for blood clotting which can be compromised in situation of liver damage. Promotes tissue health and regeneration.
Choline bitartrate Part of vitamin B-complex, protects liver function.
Canine and Feline Hepatic Support Complementary Supplements:
Important Mineral Measurements:
  • Calcium 2.5 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Manganese 800 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
Size Product ID# Price
30g – Canine A1500 $19.25
110g – Canine A1550 $59.95
90 tab – Feline A5205 $21.45
How do I order Standard Process Supplements? 

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Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Dr. Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable. In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly. The only side effect of Standard Process Canine Hepatic Support that we have seen is a soft stool or diarrhea.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“Standard Process Canine Hepatic Support is designed to support the liver at multiple levels. This support is provided through the combination of whole food nutrients, gland and organ extracts and concentrates, along with botanical ingredients. It is important to recognize that the liver is a complex organ with numerous interactions between the intestinal tract, cardiovascular system, kidney, and autonomic nervous system. Therefore, broad support for the liver can only be accomplished with combinations of nutrients that facilitate optimal function of these related areas. With this synergistic grouping of factors, Hepatic Support can be used in a wide range of hepatic conditions. In addition, Hepatic Support can be beneficial for reducing hepatic metabolic stress when used in situations when pharmaceuticals like phenobarbital or glucocorticoids are used long-term.

The liver is a complex organ that interacts with many other organs in the body, including the intestinal tract, the heart and lungs, the kidneys, and the autonomic nervous system. Canine Hepatic Support and Feline Hepatic Support assist and maintain the liver’s response to metabolic demands and the liver’s ability to regenerate. This support is provided through the combination of whole food nutrients. Capitalizing on the complexity of food, Standard Process has provided broad-spectrum coverage for the liver, which can only be accomplished with combinations of nutrients that facilitate optimal function of these related areas.

Canine Hepatic Support or Feline Hepatic Support may be recommended for general liver support, in patients with increased metabolic demand such as during long term medication use, when laboratory tests shows evidence of increased stress on the liver and kidneys or even during intestinal disease.”

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Holistically treated pets live healthier happier lives.

The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.


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