Saturday, October 12, 2013

Herbal Cure For Dogs - Natural Pet Remedies

Incorporating herbal techniques into your pet care... natural pet remedies
Veterinary medicines mostly include chemical drugs that treat animals well, leaving a scope for side effects as well! Certain herbs, however, have proved to be really effective in treating certain on specific ailments in animals. Although some medicinal herbs and their parts have been found to work good for canine health problems, but it is more than important to consider several factors, for instance, intensity of the condition, root of specific problem, current status of health and medicines, age etc. before administering the herbs and/or their parts.

What is most important here to keep in mind is that most herbs are NOT to be used for consumption, unless otherwise specified. Hence home remedies for your dogs can have adverse effects if you don't have adequate knowledge. It is recommended consulting a registered veterinary and/or a herbal medicine practitioner before you administer herbs on your dogs. This post has been created in order to spread awareness for natural pet remedies - especially herbal cure for dogs.

Here are a few herbs and their parts that are both safe and beneficial for dog: 

Papaya leaf sap: Extract of fresh papaya leaves helps greatly in digestion. Although not much documents have been found regarding the effects of papaya leaves on dogs’ health, but researchers have found that papaya leaf tea acts as an anti cancer agent.

Starthorn tea: Tea of starthorn leaves is immensely beneficial for treating anemia in dogs. Starthorn leaf juice also helps treating urinary discharges, diarrhoea, constipation, dysentery, inflammations, joint pain, lumbago, anuria and cough in dogs. Dogs suffering from biliousness (excess secretion of bile) because of gastric distress can be effectively treated by mixing Starthorn tea in food.

Fennel Seeds Tea: Fennel tea helps in soothing digestive problems in dogs. Dogs suffering from gastric ailments, digestive tract irritation and flatulence can be treated by administering fennel seeds tea. Because of its mint like flavor, many dog likes fennel tea. In rare circumstances dogs may develop photosensitive dermatitis because of the volatile oils in fennel. Pregnant and lactating females should not be given fennel seeds or its tea.

Hawthorn: If your dog has been diagnosed with cardio-vascular problems, you can administer Hawthorn. Hawthorn strengthens cardiac muscles and acts as a good medication for dogs that already had congestive heart failure. Hawthorn effectively promotes healthy blood circulation system and controls BP. Researches have shown that Hawthorn is quite effective in lowering arrhythmia (irregular heart beats).

Parsley: Parsley reduces the chance of any kind of cancerous growth and promotes healthy functioning of all organs. Parsley helps in flushing off toxins from the body and hence acts as an effective blood purifier. If your dog has mouth odor, feed her parsley with meal.

Calendula: Herbalists have preferred Calendula for its property of healing wounds. Calendula is highly effective in restricting infection and for treating infected wounds. If your dog has minor to medium skin infection, lesions, cuts, insect stings and burn injuries, calendula can treat them effectively.

Aloe vera: Aloe Vera has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties and is effective in soothing discomfort due to dermal inflammation. Aloe vera sooths minor burns, insect sting, skin lesions and infections. If your dog has cuts or surgeries, you can apply aloe vera gel.

Ginger: If you dog suffers from carsickness (motion sickness), you can administer him crushed/grated ginger half an hour before the journey. You can put the some crushed ginger in a capsule and then feed your dog. Small amount of ginger is effective particularly for treating vomiting due to indigestion, loss of appetite, colitis, bronchitis, and even arthritis. Dogs that are undergoing chemotherapy as cancer treatment can be given small amount of ginger in order to check vomiting.

Ginger should be given in small amount… large amount may lead to sever discomfort, heartburn, belching and even bloat.
Raspberry: Particularly recommended for pregnant females raspberry acts as an effective stimulant for promoting uterine health. Many vets recommend raspberry for its unique property of promoting faster milk production by mammary glands. Raspberry aids in calming uterine spasms in pregnant females.

There are over hundreds of herbs that have been admired by herbalists for treating specific health conditions in canines. These are, however just a few most important ones. Most home remedies for dogs - especially herbal treatments work very slow, and it is advised to be patient and consistent. It is highly recommended that you consult your vet before starting off with any herbal cure for your dog.

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