Wild animals are known to cure themselves with herbs. Most of the animals, even carnivores, are known to feed on some wild plants when they are ill or undernourished. In fact, Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, treated dogs with great respect because of their ability to search and find medicinal herbs in the wild. If you observe your pet cats closely, you can see that sometimes they eat a few blades of grass (that is if you have a lawn nearby), which aids in their digestion. What we are gradually beginning to accept, that all the answers to our ailments are present in nature, the pets and their relatives have known it all along. So, it is only natural that when you are opting for herbal treatments, your pets should also follow you. Herbal medicines have many benefits, the most important being that they do not have any side effects. You can administer them to your pets without any worry, but don’t go about experimenting. The treatments you go for should be recommended by your vet. Go through the article below to know more on herbal treatment for pets.
Pet Herbal Remedies
- If the pet develops ulcers, then give an easy to digest diet.
- Also, give the pet 2 drops of calendula, 2 drops of comfrey, 2 drops of knotgrass, and 2 drops of nettle two times a day until the ulcer heals.
- For dry itchy skin, rub tea tree oil over the dry skin area. Take care not to use the oil near the eyes and the genital areas.
- You can also apply aloe vera or a slice of raw cucumber over the dry spot.
- Make an herbal dip using 2 cups peppermint or rosemary in 4-quart warm water. Steep it for 30 minutes and then bathe the pet with it. Repeat this remedy every three to four days until the itching stops.
- Another herbal method to control itching is to use a mixture of Licorice Root, Dandelion Root, and Cat's Claw, in equal parts for a period of 2 weeks.
- To get rid of fleas use 1 teaspoon of Brewer’s yeast. However, take care, as some pets may be allergic to it.
- When you see cuts on your pets, apply aloe to the cut area. Aloe is an antiseptic that will prevent bacterial infection till the wound heals.
- You can also wash the wound with goldenseal.
- Wash the eyes of your pets with a tea made of the herb eye bright.
- It is very good in curing the irritation of the eyes.
- You can also administer the tea orally to boost the immune system to fight infections.
- Another treatment is to make a saline solution, which acts as a disinfectant and shrinks the swollen tissues.
- To make the saline tissue mix 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in half a cup of boiling water. Let it cool and just before using, add a drop of goldenseal to 1 tablespoon of the saline solution.
- First, pierce the pus.
- Remove the fur from the pus area and fill an eyedropper with a mixture of betadine solution and water. Squirt it into the hole at least three times a day.
- Do not cover it with any bandage.
- To prevent infection from abscesses apply chamomile to the wound.
- For carsick pets, give a few drops of ginger root extract before the trip.
- Mix a capsule of garlic oil in the food once a week to keep the immune system healthy.
- You can also mix equal parts of Echinacea and goldenseal and give it to your pet to control infection.
- To give relief from stress rub the pet with a little lavender oil.
- Also, give it a mixture of oats, valerian, and chamomile extract.
Diarrhea And Vomiting
- Give your pets powdered elm bark to treat diarrhea, vomiting, and sensitive stomach.
- To get shiny coats in furry pets add one teaspoon of cod liver oil in the pet’s food twice a week.
- Bee pollen is an excellent body booster.
- Give half a teaspoon three times a week to regulate the digestive tract and restore the hormone balance.
- In times of stress or illness, give bee pollen daily.
- Vitamin C can calm the effects of arthritis in dogs and cats.
- Give 500 mg to 1000 mg of vitamin C daily.
- Vitamin C can also prevent urinary tract symptoms.
- During pregnancy, administer raspberry leaf daily to tone the uterus and also heal it.
- It also stimulates milk production.