Natural Remedies for Your Pets
Our “house” pets, particularly dogs and cats, are very similar to humans. They get ailments like we do, and they can heal as we do. For those of us who are sticklers for natural pet health and remedies such as herbs and supplements, this information is for you.
I have had 3 cats and 4 dogs at different times in my life, and almost all of them were ill at one point or another. Some worse than others. Obviously, it’s heartbreaking because just like small children, they can’t tell you what hurts or what feels bad. The good news is, the more tuned in to your pet you are, the sooner you’ll notice the signs and symptoms of illness, just as with your children.
Because I’m a certified Chinese Herbalist and Holistic Practitioner, I happen to be partial to Chinese herbs. I’ve given them to my dogs and cats at different times, and with great success.
Herbs to Improve Dog and Cat Health
Herbs have been used for centuries to treat and prevent ailments in people, and specific herbs are good for natural pet health, too. You can even grow your own herbs in a window box or small pot in the garden.
The following list of herbs for various pet ailments can grow in or around your home:
Aloe Vera is an excellent herb, both topically and internally. It can heal wounds or sores, or soothe skin on your dog or cat. In its natural form, aloe is non-toxic, pure and a superb natural healer.
Internally, aloe vera is a wonderful remedy for digestive issues for you and your pets. It soothes the stomach, calms irritation and diarrhea, and is effective for irritable bowel or Crohn’s.
Calendula may be used to treat cuts, scrapes and wounds, both on you and your dog or cat. While it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it traditionally heals wounds. Calendula can be used along with aloe vera for natural pet health, and can be used as a poultice directly on a sore or wound.
Ginger is an effective herb for you and your pets, as it’s great for an upset stomach, food poisoning or other digestive disorders. It’s a warm herb, which means it should be taken in moderation and not more than 3 times per day as an herb or tea. For your pet, the bottle will have a dosage, but if you’re not sure, always check with a Holistic Vet before using. Ginger is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, in addition to its anti-inflammatory properties.
This herb is a powerful antiviral and antibiotic that prevents the bacteria from attaching onto the cell walls. It can be used as a tincture, tea, or wash for dogs with eye infections or weepy eyes. It’s also helps treat stomach and bowel infections.
Milk thistle protects the liver against damage and also improves liver function. For humans and pets, milk thistle is a superior herb which cleanses, detoxifies and helps heal the liver.
Rescue Remedy is a product which Whole Foods carries, as do most health food stores. It consists of Bach Flower homeopathics (natural cell salts) which calm your pet, reduce anxiety and fear, and enable your pet to relax. It’s very effective, non-toxic and will not harm your animal. It’s inexpensive and requires only a drop or two.
Hawthorne tincture helps circulation, heart tissue and blood vessels, chest pain, hardening of the arteries and irregular heartbeat.
Dandelion is a great remedy for cleaning the kidneys, liver and gallbladder, and for kidney function. It can also improve appetite. You can give your dog dandelion greens as part of a healthy diet – in moderation, of course.
Red Clover and Burdock Root
These herbs are blood cleansing tonics. They help detoxify chemicals and toxins from the bloodstream, and indirectly support the kidneys and liver. Red clover also has valuable nutrients such as calcium, chromium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C.
The following herbs are helpful for dog breath and overall health:
- Coconut oil
- Natural bully sticks for teeth and gums
Naturally, you want to ask your Vet or practitioner about the dosage to give your dog, in particular, according to size and weight.
- Coconut oil (melted) in water
- Chew Ice
- Fresh water (with a drop or 2 of Pedialyte)
- Omega fatty acids
- Bathing with non-toxic mild anti-allergenic shampoo (use baking soda or aloe vera)
- Grain-free diet
- Simple protein (beef, lamb, venison)
- No sugar or fruit
Pain and Inflammation
- St. John’s Wort
Dosages, again, depend on the size and weight of your pet, and also on your Vet’s recommendations. I urge you to always check in with your Vet before you embark on a natural healing plan for your dog or cat, as there may be contraindications between herbs and medications.
Believe it or not, these suggestions are only some of the numerous remedies for your natural pet health. I like to make natural, holistic choices for my pets, just as I do for myself. Less taxing on the liver and other organs.
These precious beings deserve the best, love us unconditionally, and we love and value them in the same way.
If you have a question or concern and your vet isn’t available, you can contact me through the Heal Estate website, and I’ll be happy to get back to you!