Herbal Treatment for Dogs

There are many herbs to improve the health of your dog.

Herbs can have a calming effect on your dog. Some can relieve stress and treat nervous conditions as well as epilepsy. There are also herbs used for heart related problems and immune system health.

Herbs For Respiratory Problems

Besides using herbs to help treat Kennel Cough, herbs are employed in helping with the care of other types of coughs. Kennel Cough is a dry, cough. Dogs, like humans, can also be subject to cold variations. This includes a wet or moist cough. The herbs used to help treat a wet cough are

• Coltsfoot - cough expectorant, antispasmodic (eases the coughing fits or spasms), anti-inflammatory, antibacterial

• Goldenrod - astringent, reduces inflammation of the mucus of the respiratory system

• Yarrow - anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic

• Marshmallow - can be used to lubricate and soothe the mucous membranes, antimicrobial

• Slippery Elm - lubricant of all internal mucous membranes. Also soothes and protects mucous membrane

• Plantain - a lubricant, affects and protects the mucous membranes, anti- inflammatory

Herbs are used in the treatment of pneumonia. Many of the herbs used, are the same utilized in treating coughs.

• Echinacea - immuno-stimulant, antimicrobial

• Astragalus - immuno-stimulant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory

• Coltsfoot - antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial

• Yarrow - analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory

Herbs Used to Detoxify

Herbs used to detoxify are meant to be gentle. Like uses in humans the idea is to eliminate toxins and waste stored in the body. The herbs when used in combination with each other or by themselves. You should talk to an herb specialists before you begin any herb regiment.

You may find out through your research certain parts of each plant may play a different and specific role. The use of the leaf over a root may be used to treat different ailments. The strength may vary in each part of the plant.

• Dandelion leaf - a diuretic, stimulates the liver

• Yellow Dock root - a cleansing herb, urinary and digestive tracts

• Red Clover - a blood cleanser, diuretic

• Licorice root - digestive tract systems, endocrine system

• Marshmallow - lubricates the membranes of the digestive and urinary tracts

Herbs Used As Dietary Supplements

Another way to use herbs is as a food supplements. You add certain plant substances to your canine’s diet. They are intended to help boost his or her diet in a number of ways. Herbs act upon the digestive system and the body as a whole with minimal stress on the kidneys, liver and digestive tract. As is generally the case, you can use some of the herbs alone or combine them for greater effect.

• Spirulina - nutritional supplement, source of vitamin B complex, beta-carotene, protein, minerals

• Nettle - nutritive, contains crude protein, calcium, vitamins A, B complex, C and D, potassium, beta-carotene, phosphorus

• Dandelion leaf - nutritive, contains vitamins A, C, K, D and B-complex, iron, manganese, phosphorus; stimulates the liver contains

• Alfalfa - nutritive, contains vitamins A, various B vitamin groups, C, D, E and K; a good source of dietary fiber

• Flax Leaf (powdered) - contains Omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acids, linoleic acids

Herbs can provide a safe alternative and complementary form of treatment. Before you decide to use herbs, consult your veterinarian. Do your research. This way, you can help your canine remain in the best physical and mental state for as long as possible.

(Article written by Kenny Cheney)