|I want to give my cat vitamin e. Her liver enzymes are elevated and my vet gave me already sam-e for her. How much vitamin e do I give her? Do I use the human kind or is there one specifically for cats? TIA
With something like this it’s crucially important to know why the liver enzymes are elevated in the first place. Whether you are dealing with something like bacterial hepatitis, cholangiohepatitis, triad disease, toxoplasmosis, hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching body tissues, including the liver - from heart disease for instance), the toxic effects of medications, etc, or even cancer.
Do you know anything about the underlying cause?
Most often vets will recommend d-alpha tocopherol, but the amount you have to give will depend on the condition you have to treat. Also, depending on the type of liver impairment, your vet may recommend the water soluble form of vitamin E instead of the fat soluble form.
According to my vet for cats the amount of vitamin E one can safely give as a supplement for daily maintenance is 35 IU. 100 IU is a therapeutic amount, already high enough to be used for treating disease, but still safe for long-term use (when a cat has steatitis for instance, etc). Anything above that amount can have definite blood thinning effects and it can also interact with certain medications. And again, the fat soluble form might not be the one your vet would want your kitty to have. So please discuss giving vitamin E with your vet, don’t just go ahead and do it on your own. Also, consider taking kitty to a holistic vet. Depending on the type of liver disease you have to treat, you can do a whole lot more than just give sam-e and vitamin E.
Edit: just a quick question for you because I'm always concerned when there is a liver problem. Is your kitty on any kind of medication? To treat a behavior problem, epilepsy, or whatever?