Holistic Pet Health: 6 Herbs for Pets

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Natural Pet Remedies

According to the U.S. Humane Society, 39% of American households own at least one dog and 33% own at least one cat. These households spend an average of $233 dollars annually on routine veterinary visits which can really add up. Turning to holistic pet remedies will help keep your pets healthier between visits and could help avoid health issues down the road. Our second-best selling product, Animin, is a veterinarian-recommended all natural pet remedy. In addition to clay, our furry friends can also benefit from the use of herbs. Collect these herbs from the garden, your local farmer’s market or the grocery store and make your own pet pharmacy at home.

  • Calendula
    • Also known as Pot Marigold, Calendula is a botanical which has a reputation for being a wound healer and skin soother. Used as a salve or made into a tea and added to the water dish, this herb can help relieve skin irritation, treat bladder infections and stomach ulcers, and provide minor antimicrobial protection. If your four-legged friend is suffering from a rash or irritation, a Calendula salve can provide a soothing effect as it reduce inflammation. Read more about Calendula for pets in this handout from Pet Care Naturally(PDF).
  • Chamomile
    • If your pet is easily excited or suffers from anxiety, you may want to try incorporating Chamomile into their diet. This safe and versatile herb has been scientifically proven to help pets find relief to a multitude of ailments from relieving gas and inflammation to repelling worms and healing wounds. Chamomile delivers a calming effects to pets and has also been proven to be anti-spasmodic. Use as a tea or tincture and add to the water dish. Check out this article from Whole Dog Journal for more information on Chamomile for dogs.
  • Red Clover Flowers
    • Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Beneficial for people, animals, and soil, this common plant is grown mostly for agricultural uses. It is high in vital minerals and vitamins such as calcium, potassium, niacin, thiamine and vitamin C. Please note, we did find research that warned against using this herb during pregnancy. Although specific to humans, we would caution against giving this herb to pregnant pets as well. Watch this video from Herbalist Susun Weed to learn how to make a Red Clover infusion and learn more about the health benefits of this powerful herb.
  • Milk Thistle
    • The plant extract of the flowering Milk Thistle is one of the most powerful and potent antioxidants for both humans and pets. The extract, known as Silymarin, helps to boost and protect the vital functions of the liver. There has also been research to support the prevention and reduction of cloudy eyes in dogs. Look for Milk Thistle in capsules or powder form at your local health store.
  • Hawthorn
    • Often recognized for its thorny branches, grey bark and small red berries, this plant grows as a shrub or small tree. In the springtime, the young twigs are used to make a tincture using alcohol or glycerin. According to the book Herbs for Pets by Gregory Tilford and Mary Wulff-Tilford, the berries, which present in the fall, can be fed directly to pets. When taken regularly, Hawthorn tincture or berries can strengthen the heart. This includes steadying the heartbeat and lowering blood pressure. Not necessary for young dogs or cats, this herb is used mostly for older pets with aging bodies.
  • Burdock Root
    • This root has a long history of use as a natural remedy for fighting cancer, regrowing hair, and cleansing the blood. The cooked root can be added to your pets food or the raw root can be used as a chew toy. Burdock root will support a healthy coat, reduce skin irritation, and boost liver functions. Check out this article by the Animal Herbalist for more benefits of giving Burdock root to your pets.

These are just 6 herbs among many used for all natural remedies and homeopathic options for pets. Using herbs can help save pet owners a trip to the vet’s office in many cases. Of course, we encourage you to consult your vet before using herbs and be sure to bring your pets in for their annual visit!

 

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