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Herbs for Dogs

May 21, 2008



While herbs are a major source of pharmaceuticals, herbal remedies differ from conventional medications in using parts of the whole plant rather than isolating single active ingredients.

In traditional forms of herbalism, the choice of herbs depends upon the dog’s personality as well as its medical condition. In modern herbalism, there is greater emphasis on the chemical constituents of the herb itself.

Herbs for dogs No. 1 – Aloe (Aloe vera) -This delicate succulent cannot survive in most non-tropical climates. But many cooks keep a potted aloe on a sunny kitchen counter, at the ready in case they burn themselves. The jelly-like pulp inside the leaves of the aloe vera herb is soothing to skin irritations such as insect bites, minor burns, lick granulomas and hot spots.

Because aloe has antibacterial qualities, it can be used on surgical incisions, where it will stimulate healing. Most animals will avoid licking the area, because of the juice’s bitter taste.

Herbs for dogs No. 2 – Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) – This herb’s Latin name means “cough dispeller,” and it has been used for centuries as an expectorant and antispasmodic. It is useful for respiratory infections and deep coughs, including kennel cough and pneumonia. Coltsfoot does not just suppress cough symptoms, but actually aids the body in flushing out what caused them in the first place.

Herbs for dogs No. 3 – Ginger (Zingiber officinale) - Ginger’s nausea-relieving properties are well known, and it is often used as a remedy for vomiting and motion sickness. A dog who tends to be carsick might benefit from powdered gingerroot capsules given a half hour before the excursion. Because of its properties as a stomach soother, this herb also helps treat digestive problems in dogs.

Ginger Supplements

The root of the ginger plant has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for more than 2,500 years. In Ayurveda, it is one of the most powerful digestive agents present in the herbal world.

There are some prime indications where the ginger gets you best results

* Inflammation and pain
* Any digestive problem like flatulence, indigestion, worms etc
* Nausea and vomiting

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