Adding herbs to your dog’s diet can have a significant impact on the health and well being of your fur baby.
Herbal remedies are a valuable tool in both preventing and treating issues that are prominent in many of our pets today. Our canine friends have inherited instincts from their ancestors that used to forage through herbs and plants to assist in healing wounds, digestive upsets, illness or pain and even source the vitamins and minerals that were needed in their diet. Have you ever seen your pet go to your own culinary herb garden and eat some of the herbs there? Have a think about what herb they may have chosen and relate that to a possible condition they may have or a lack of vitamins or minerals they may be deficient in. Animals will instinctively self-medicate.
You can administer herbs in various ways orally or topically to our pets. They can be fresh, dried, in tincture form, herbal teas, powders, capsules, oils, ointments and balms.
Tinctures are the strongest and fastest way of orally administering herbal remedies and should always be prescribed by an animal herbalist or naturopath so they are used in the right and correct way.
Herbs have so many significant benefits for our pets and can treat so many different conditions such as:
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Growing your own herbs for your pets is a great idea for general well being and you can add these to your pet’s meal for added benefits. It is so easy to do and if you can’t plant your pet herb garden outside, then inside on a window sill or sunny spot will be just as good.
When Planning a Pet Herb Garden Follow These Points:
Safe Herbs For You To Plant:
Parsley: This herb is very good for arthritis and inflammation, bad breath and upset tummies. It can also aid in urinary tract infections, supports the kidneys and helps rid toxins from the body
Basil: Basil has antioxidants, antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help prevent cellular damage and can help calm your pooch.
Oregano: is high in antioxidants and flavonoids and is reported as an antimicrobial. It can be used to help with digestive problems, diarrhea, and gas.
Wheatgrass: This herb is cleansing, can aid in digestion, constipation, breath and body odour and is an energy booster.
Lemon Balm: This is a great herb for the older dogs too as it helps with memory, the nervous system, reduces anxiety and helps neutralise gas in the stomach.
Sage: Sage is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It eases digestive issues and assists in skin conditions.
Chop these fresh herbs finely and sprinkle over your dog’s meal – remember only use in moderation. You can also add some herbs to cookies or your bone broth when making them! See our recipes below for these yummy treats!
These herbs can also be used for your own cooking so the whole family can be nice and healthy! Enjoy making your pet herb garden and see the benefits of how herbs can obtain optimal health for your fur baby.
Visit our Herbal Pharmacy at K9 Swim’s Wellness Centre – Opening Soon
K9 Swim’s Wellness Centre is opening a Herbal Pharmacy and will have a great range of herbal remedies for all conditions for dogs and horses from dried herbs to ointments, sprays, tinctures and oils.
Herbal mixes can also be tailored made to meet your pet’s needs – an appointment will be necessary to discuss.
Keep watching for our Herbal Remedies for Pets Workshop coming soon to K9 Swim – learn how to make herbal applications for your pets and take what you make home!
Give us a call on 1300 787 064 for more information.
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Hi I'm Sharon Osmond the owner and founder of K9 Swim. The Splash Blog is where I share tips and information on dog's health and safety and some fun facts and stories.