Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Herbal Remedies for Dogs - With Supervision Please!

Herbal remedies can be used to correct body functions in dogs.  If you are using herbal remedies for your dog you need to be extremely cautious as dogs do not have good natural systems to detoxify a range of natural substances.  Having said this, there are a number of safe herbs you can use on your dog. 

Further, you can actually create a Herbal Home Care Kit to be used for minor accidents and illnesses.  These herbs I will give you have been used with safety on dogs and will become an essential part of your kit.  They can be found at many pharmacies and herbal stores.  Please be sure to check that they are noted as safe for dogs, preferably prepared for veterinary use.

Your toolkit can include:

Comfrey - used to help heal wounds, burns, bruises and strains.  It is a soothing and healing herb.

Lavender - used to help relieve reactions to insect bites and for burns.  It is claimed to be antiseptic and salving.

Pot Marigold (Calendula) - used to help with digestive disorders.  It is known to soothe inflamed skin.

Garlic - used to help with mild infections, upper respiratory conditions and digestive disorders. 

Echinacea - used to stimulate the immune system and may act as an antibiotic.

Herbs can be very effective if used correctly and under the right conditions.  Used incorrectly, they can cause negative results including poisoning and even death.

I strongly suggest that you consult a professional if you are interested in herbal remedies for your dog.  If not used correctly, herbal substances can be just as dangerous as wrongly prescribed modern drugs.  Do not make your own diagnoses or use any of these herbs without professional assistance.  Consult a professional for your dog's sake.

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