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Herbs That Are Safe for Dogs

By Amber Taylor
 

Overview

Humans aren't the only ones who can take herbs, so can dogs. Being aware of an exact problem with a dog is important before administering an herb. All dogs, especially smaller breeds, digest herbs differently than humans. Know which herbs are safe, and will digest properly, before administering to a dog. No herb should be given continually, dogs will form an immunity over time.

Common safe herbs for skin issues

Ailments from A to Z affect dogs. Dogs do not digest fresh herbs. The tincture of an herb works better for dogs. Keep in mind doses need to be configured to the dog's weight. Smaller dogs equals smaller doses; larger dogs, larger doses. Skin and coat issues, from itching to abscesses, may be alleviated with the following herbs in the right amount; tea, sea salt, goldenseal extract, peppermint, tea tree oil, pennyroyal, Brewer's yeast, Licorice root, Dandelion root, Cat's Claw, aloe, chamomile, echinacea, garlic oil, and cod liver oil.

From car sickness to ulcers

Car sickness in dogs is common. A safe way to prevent car sickness is a few drops ginger root extract before the ride. Maybe the dog has irritated eyes. Tea is safe when used as a wash over the eye, or orally. Dogs with ulcers are safe to have two drops of Calendula, Comfrey, Knotgrass, and Nettle twice per day. Powdered slippery elm bark is a safe way to help with diarrhea, vomiting, or sensitive stomachs. Want to slow the aging process? Try bee pollen. Bee pollen also restores hormone balances, calms allergies, and helps regulate the digestive track. Vitamin C is also a safe way to help prevent displacia or ease arthritis. Lavender oil may even help with anxiety and stress with dogs.

Cautions

Always use caution when giving any herb to dogs. It is important to know the exact amount to give dogs, even though the herb may be safe. Also, must herbs must be rotated. A good practice to prevent immunity is two weeks on the herb, one week off. Don't give herbs you wouldn't take yourself, this includes internally or externally. Raw meats, fruits, and vegetables are all natural, and have been shown to mysteriously clear up ailments in some dogs. Remember that just like in humans, herbs take a while to build up and take effect in dogs.
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