Herbs have long been used to treat and prevent ailments in people, and apart from smelling good and adding an extra something to your cooking, certain herbs can help your dog, too. Your fury friends deserve herb love too! If you have room to grow herbs (and you really don’t need much, a window box is perfectly fine), why not grow a selection that can be used to treat some common dog ailments? Hey, it may help you save a few bucks on vet visits — and saving money is always a good thing. The dosage suggestions provided in this blog represent what studies were observed and noted in the book “Herbs for Pets” by Gregory L. Tilford & Mary L. Wolff. There are many herbs that can help with certain problems for your pets. In this blog I will discuss 3 herbs that I am giving my best friend Buster or have seen improve my dog’s health over time.
Thyme: this ground hugging plant that is evergreen perennial, which blooms early spring to midsummer is a helpful herb for your pet.
Parts to use: leaves, stems, flowers
Common Use: teas or tincture for cough suppressant, expels intestinal gas, expels worms. It helps to ease bronchial spasms related to asthma, preventative against gingivitis.
How to use: sweetened with honey, boil to create tea, use ¼ teaspoon for each 30 pound animal body weight. Give twice a day.
Ginger: the root of the ginger is delicious, and it’s been highly prized for centuries as a medicinal herb. It can be made into a tea or tincture, and is excellent at settling a doggy’s upset tummy. Give 1/2 teaspoon for dog’s under 35 pounds (1/4 teaspoon for miniature breeds) and 3/4 teaspoon for larger dog’s. It can be mixed into your dog’s food. Always start slow and check with your holistic veterinarian if you are unsure about dosing.
Catnip: Parts to use leaf (dried or fresh) Dogs can get anxious and frightened in car rides and thunderstorms. Catnip may help relieve stress related situations and normalize their attitude. Use 0.25, milliliters per 30 pound of animal body weight.
Also, you can find Rescue remedy (flower essence) which can be found at a health food store to help relieve stress. At the moment I am using Thyme to help with Buster’s coughing and in the past I have used Catnip to help relieve stress during a hurricane storm. Both seem to help improve his health! If you like to learn more and read more on different herbs definitely check out the book that was mention above in this blog!
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