Herbal Remedies for Dogs

Herbal remedies for dogs are highly efficient and can be used in addition to traditional treatments or as a sole treatment. Herbs are beneficial for dogs’ health and this may also be demonstrated by the fact that from ancient times, dogs have been instinctively chewing on different herbs to relieve pain and heal their diseases. Herbal remedies have the great advantage of not causing any side effects, unlike traditional medication that may cause side effects, which are sometimes more severe than the initial symptoms.

Herbal Remedy Principles

Herbs can be used to heal different conditions in dogs. The difference between conventional medicine and herbal medicine is the way doctors look at the disease.

When a vet prescribes traditional medicine, this is focused on removing the symptoms and curing the disease. Some drugs will weaken the dog’s immune system and this can make him susceptible to other diseases.

Herbal medicine considers the symptoms but will also look at the pet’s condition in terms of a lack of balance to an overall system The herbs will focus on strengthening the dog’s immune system, the affected organ, promoting the overall well being of the dog. An herbal cure may have great effects on the dog, protecting him from diseases in the years to come. The herbs will also act as detoxifiers and will calm the pet.

Herbs contain nutrients, which can only benefit the dog’s health.

Common Herbs Used for Canines

Herbs contain nutrients and chemicals that can heal numerous diseases in dogs, if used appropriately. There are different herbs that can be used in canines, each having medicinal properties.

Some herbs are used to treat particular illnesses, while others will improve the general state of the dog and boost the immune system.

The most commonly used herbs in canines include:

  • Chamomile with a soothing effect
  • Alfalfa is an anti-inflammatory and diuretic
  • Echinacea is an immunity booster and has also antimicrobial effects
  • Nettle can be used as an antihistamine
  • Valerian can calm down the dog, relieve stress
  • Yellow dock cleanses the blood and is an effective antimicrobial
  • St. John’s wort is an antiviral and antidepressive herb
  • Flax is a tonic and laxative
  • Ginger is an antispasmodic and will tone up the immune system
  • Parsley used for arthritis and hypertension but may also freshen the dog’s breath
  • Red clover can be used to prevent the development of cancerous cells
  • Licorice soothes the mucous membranes and reduces swelling

Remember that herbal remedies will act more slowly than traditional medicine. It may take up to 3 months until you notice a progress in the dog’s healing.

If the dog has a life threatening condition, you should consult your vet and decide if herbal remedies are recommended. Herbs are not the best option in emergency situations.

Herbal remedies can be used in conditions that are considered incurable and can add significant months or years to the dog’s life. Herbs are also efficient in chronic disease management.

Never use herbal remedies prior to consulting a vet or a holistic specialist and never use herbal remedies that are prescribed for humans as these may be toxic for dogs.