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Important Note: Using herbs must be at the pet owners discretion and own responsibility. Whilst there are a great number of excellent books available written by holistic Veterinarians with advice on administering herbs to your pets, a 'hands on' Veterinary diagnosis is always a great place to start. Know what you are dealing with, discuss your choices with your Vet.
Happy holistic healing!
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Herbal Supplements

Without balanced nutrition, the use of herbal medicines in the holistic care of your animals is a waste of time, money, and plants.” (Tilford, Herbs for Pets)
Herbs are a wonderful tool to improve health; they increase longevity and add quality to the life of your pet. Care must be taken to choose the correct herbs, dosage and duration
. Firstly, be sure to know what you are dealing with by obtaining expert diagnosis skills from your Veterinarian. Then, it is at your discretion to try herbal remedies for the optimal health of your pet without the side effects that come with pharmaceutical drugs.
Herbal remedies, must of course be accompanied by a super healthy diet preferably raw, fresh, accompanied by some good whole food supplements. This takes courage, commitment and an ongoing willingness to learn.

This highly nutritive herb is packed with up to 50% protein, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, dietary fibre and trace minerals. It is naturally an excellent antioxidant due to its high content of chlorophyll. Alfalfa is deemed one of the best herbs for blood and arthritic problems.

Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe can be very useful to heal minor irritations to the digestive tract. It is naturally alkaline which neutralises an acidic environment, especially useful if your pet has been vomiting. Aloe has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can assist with stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal upsets. Aloe Juice should only be given to pets in very small amounts, overdosing can cause diarrhoea. Dosage: 5ml for 5 kg body weight
Externally the Aloe Vera gel softens and soothes the skin, promotes the rapid healing of minor burns and wounds. It is also excellent to reduce itching and sunburn.

Astragalus stimulates and supports the immune system. Its good for treating kidneys that are weak and have problems by increasing their circulation. It strengthens the body against viral infections of the respiratory tract. For pets going through cancer treatments, astragalus assists the immune system.
1 drop = ½ kg body weight

This is a very safe herb with many uses. In a cream form it can be applied to skin wounds. Whilst it promotes new cell growth, it acts, as an anti-inflammatory, stops itching, is a natural antibiotic whilst also working against fungal infections. It’s also great for treating burns and bee stings.
As a tea (infusion) it can be used to treat ‘hot spots.’ Soak a cotton wool pad in the infusion and leave on the hot spot for a few minutes at a time.

Chamomile is useful for digestive disturbances in particular when the upset stomach is caused by nervousness and anxiety. This herb is effective for inflammatory bowel disease and excessive intestinal gas. The tea can be placed into the drinking water. It also helps to calm the nerves.
Chamomile tea makes a great cooled infusion to treat skin infections and allergic conjunctivitis.

Cranberry Powder
Cranberry has the effect of lowering the pH of the urine, making it acidic and increasing the pH in the body, making it alkaline. Cranberry also has a polysaccharide called mannose, which decreases the ability of the bacteria to adhere to the bladder wall. As a result, bacteria are flushed out with the urine. A common problem in cats is FLUTD (feline lower tract disease) in which microscopic crystals form in an alkaline bladder.
FLUTD is best treated with cranberry, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and glucosamine. Together, these supplements can help the bladder to heal in conjunction with veterinary medicine.
This supplement should only be used if your cat or dog has been diagnosed with a problem, which requires the urine to be more acidic. If the urine is too acidic for too long this may cause ‘oxolate stones’ in the bladder to form. This is something, which should be discussed with your veterinarian.

Dandelion leaf eliminates excess waste from the body via the urinary tract. It is a powerful, yet gentle diuretic. Unlike pharmaceutical diuretics, dandelion does not deplete the body of potassium. Having it’s own source of potassium, dandelion replaces what is lost in the urine. It also stimulates digestion, reduces indigestion, assists the proper absorption of nutrients from the gut into the blood. The dandelion root is a safe but powerful liver stimulant and diuretic, which means that excess water and toxins can be more easily eliminated from the body. The root being a liver stimulant, increases bile production. Dandelion is one of the most complete food plants on the earth.

Devils Claw
This herb is used mainly for arthritis as an anti-inflammatory in pets and humans. It should not be given to diabetic pets as it can cause hypoglycaemia. It should also not be given to pregnant animals.

Echinacea is a great herbal remedy to have on hand, ready to use at home. This is because Echinacea is truly effective when taken at the ‘onset’ of disease symptoms. It immediately sets to work inhibiting the reproduction and growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. It is especially good for treating urinary tract infections. Primarily Echinacea is a support to the immune system. In the blood it accelerates phagocytosis (the removal of bacterial cells), it stimulates the lymph system, which in turn helps the body eliminate toxic waste. It is best used in a 5 day treatment plan, break for 2 days and then if necessary, another 5 days of treatment.

This herb is best known for conditions of the eye such as chronic inflammation, stinging, weeping, eyes that are overly sensitive to light. The herb can also be used for sinusitis and nasal congestion. Made into a tea, eyebright makes a soothing eyewash. A very effective eyewash is: 2 drops eyebright, 2 drops devils claw, a pinch of salt with ¼ cup of boiling water. When the water has cooled, bathe the eyes using a cotton wool pad.

This herb is a great digestive aid and natural cleanser. It’s best used as a tea and adding a little to the drinking water.

The key ingredient in garlic is ‘Allicin.’ Allicin is an impressive fighter of harmful microbes that cause problems in the gut. It is claimed that garlic can eliminate intestinal worms and parasites and help with ear mites It can also be used as a flea and tick repellant if given to your pets on a regular basis. Fresh raw garlic is best. High in nutrients, garlic contains calcium, potassium, zinc, protein and vitamins A, B and C.
Note: only very small amount of garlic should be used, as too much has the potential to cause anaemia.

Ginger Ginger is well known for relieving indigestion, intestinal gas, nausea and car travel sickness. It also has antioxidant and antibacterial effects, which makes it a good support for the immune system. Ginger dilates blood vessels so may increase blood flow to arthritic joints and ease pain.

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo improves circulation to the brain, to the extremities and to the kidneys. Studies with both animals and humans have shown that Ginkgo improves blood circulation in the extremely small blood vessels, the capillaries. This is especially useful in old age. It also helps with the tone and elasticity of the blood vessels making them less vulnerable to disease. An improved blood flow to the brain means more oxygenation. This is highly beneficial to the emotional state.
A combination of Ginkgo and Hawthorn has been shown to successfully treat early stages of renal failure.

This is an anti inflammatory herb with (if topically applied) anti microbial properties. The active ingredient berberine is helpful in treating some infections of the intestinal tract. It is often taken with Echinacea at the onset of sickness.

Hawthorn is considered to be one of nature’s safest herbs for the heart and circulatory system. Hawthorn has the effect of dilating the coronary vessels, increasing circulation and assisting the flow of nutrients and oxygen around the body. Strengthening cardiac output, moderating the blood pressure, hawthorn safely acts to steady a weak or erratic heartbeat. Animals who show signs of stress, which affect the heart, can safely be given hawthorn.

A relaxing and soothing herb. Lavender tea can be cooled and used as a rinse after washing your dog. This reduces the build up of sebum on the skin and as a result reduces bacterial growth in a greasy coat. Keeps the coat smelling fresher for longer.
Lavender is also an anti-inflammatory and is beneficial for eliminating itchy skin.

Lemon Balm
This herb is believed to block iodide uptake at the thyroid gland. As a result it may be useful if your pet has an over active thyroid gland ‘Hyperthyroidism.’ It is also useful in cases of depression, anxiety, indigestion and for lowering the blood pressure.

Licorice provides anti-inflammatory, immuno-stimulant and anti-microbial like actions. It is used for a wide variety of inflammatory problems as it soothes irritated cell membranes. Commonly it is used for gastro-intestinal and upper respiratory tract infections.
Combined with Oregon grape and slippery elm, licorice provides relief for stomach ulcers and other gastric disorders.
Licorice also proves to be effective in treating liver toxicity.

Primarily, Marshmallow is used for the treatment of digestive upsets and respiratory problems. Both of these problems cause the mucous membranes, the cells lining the respiratory and digestive tract to become broken and vulnerable. Marshmallow acts as a soothing, lubricating barrier, which allows the lining, the mucous membranes to repair. It is highly recommended for relief of constipation when used in conjunction with psyllium husk, flaxseed oil and Oregon grape. Marshmallow is also antibacterial and has immune system stimulating properties. Studies have shown this herb to be very safe. However, being a lubricating barrier, it can affect the absorption of any pharmaceutical drugs your pet may be taking. Dosage: ½ tsp strong marshmallow tea for a cat.

Milk Thistle
This herb is well known for its ability to protect and assist the regeneration of the liver. Compounds in Milk Thistle work as powerful antioxidants, strengthening liver cells and increasing their resistance to toxins. It is especially useful when an animal has been subjected to toxic overload. It also successfully treats any secondary problems related to liver disease. Milk Thistle is very useful during and after a course of pharmaceutical drugs which place excess strain on the liver and kidneys, which include vaccinations, wormers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs. This is a very safe herb to give to your cat or dog.

Nettle has a rich array of nutrients including abroad spectrum of vitamins and minerals and protein. It is a very healing herb with many benefits and can be safely taken regularly on a long-term basis. Nettle assists arthritis, allergies, bladder infections, skin conditions and digestion. It is a cleansing herb that assists to rid the digestive tract of intestinal parasites and worms. The dried nettle can be sprinkled onto food.
Cats: 1/3 tsp. Dogs: ½ tsp per ½ kg of food.

Olive Leaf
Olive leaf extract works by interfering with several of the amino production processes needed for viral growth and /or reproduction. It exhibits both antiviral and antibacterial effects; it may also be beneficial for yeast infections such as ringworm

Oregon Grape
Oregon grape is used to treat infections and inflammations that affect the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary tracts. It stimulates the immune system, the production of bile and is traditionally known to reduce fevers.
Taken with Licorice, it can ease gastrointestinal upsets including stomach ulcers.

This herb is an excellent diuretic; it eliminates uric acid that can cause painful joints. As waste elimination is crucial for good health, parsley on a regular basis can safely help with this process. Parsley is also high in protein, Vitamins A, B, C, K, fibre and minerals including Calcium, Potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. It’s an excellent treatment for anaemia. Itsdiuretic ability may also assist the kidneys to flush waste products during filtration. A very safe herb beneficial on a regular basis.
It’s best when used fresh and finely chopped. It can be sprinkled or mixed into food on a regular basis.

Rosemary is a very useful and versatile herb, which assists digestive upset, nervousness, and irritability. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and on the smooth muscles in the body. This makes it an excellent herb for trauma, stress, anxiety, fear and all of their associative physical problems. Rosemary has excellent anti microbial properties; it is a cardiovascular tonic and is an antioxidant. Rosemary can also be used in foods as a natural preservative. (¼ tsp powdered rosemary in 500g raw food.)
As a relief from sinusitis, make a bowl of rosemary tea and get your cat or dog to inhale the steam

Sage has the effect of balancing oestrogen levels. It especially works well on spayed female dogs who are experiencing urinary leakage whilst they sleep. It can safely be added to food daily or made into a tea and placed in the drinking water.

Skullcap relieves anxiety by moderating nervous tension in the brain. It can also help reduce severity of seizures and relieve pain. Unlike Valerian, Skullcap does not cause drowsiness or dull motor co-ordination; it more so produces a calming effect. Skullcap is safe in small doses.

Slippery Elm
This is a great herb to have on hand in the home for pet and human emergencies. Slippery elm, rather like it’s name, provides a lubricating barrier to the digestive, urinary and respiratory tracts to protect and sooth irritated mucous membranes from irritation. If your cat or dog is suffering from an upset stomach, diarrhoea, constipation, sore throat, upper respiratory infection or a urinary tract infection, slippery elm is a very soothing herb. In cases of constipation it protects and lubricates the mucous membranes of the large intestine and helps to relax the smooth muscles required for excretion. This is not an herb to be used regularly as it can prevent the absorption of some nutrients. Use slippery elm only when needed.

St John’s Wort
An increasingly popular herb, St Johns Wort is widely used to treat chronic depression and nervous system disorders. Research suggests that St Johns Wort raises levels of serotonin and dopamine (the feel good chemicals) in the brain. It is usually used to treat separation anxiety, depression and can be helpful to reduce some forms of aggression.
It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Some pets and people can have adverse reactions to this herb and develop a photosensitive rash. If this occurs the animal needs to be removed from direct sunlight and treatment stopped.

This herb is used for arthritis, asthma, cancer, infections and liver disease. Curcumin in the turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also eases intestinal pain, spasms and gas. Turmeric is often used for pets as an anti-inflammatory, which eases asthma, arthritis and infections. It can also be used as a liver tonic following a course of pharmaceutical drugs.

Valerian is a very useful herb for acute anxiety, hyperactivity and insomnia. It is a natural sedative that works safely and gently to calm the nerves and achieve physical relaxation. Valerian can also be used as an ‘antisposmodic’ in times of nervousness compounded by an upset stomach.
Prior to a stressful event Valerian can be given to Dogs: 1-10 drops x3 daily. Cats: 1-3 drops x3 daily. Valerian works very well when combined with Skullcap.

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Important Note:
Using herbs must be at the pet owners discretion and own responsibility. Whilst there are a great number of excellent books available written by holistic Veterinarians with advice on administering herbs to your pets, a 'hands on' Veterinary diagnosis is always a great place to start. Know what you are dealing with, discuss your choices with your Vet.
Happy holistic healing!

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