Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.
Five Herbs to Improve Your Dog's Health
Herbs for Common Dog Ailments
Herbs have long been used to treat and prevent ailments in people, and apart from smelling good and adding an extra something to your cooking, certain herbs can help out your dog, too. Here are five that are very likely to help you save a few bucks on vet visits -- and saving money is always a good thing.
1. Aloe Vera
This spiky leafed herb's medicinal value has been appreciated since ancient times. You'll be glad to know it's also good for your dog. Aloe Vera can be either applied topically -- using the natural gel in the leaves as a treatment for burns, scrapes, and minor irritations -- or given internally to help with conditions such as gas, constipation, and infections.
2. Calendula Flowers
The bright and sunny flowers of this easy-growing herb may be used to treat cuts, scrapes and wounds, both on you and your dog. The flower petals, meanwhile, can be applied directly as a wound dressing, or made into a tea to be used as an antiseptic wash. The antiseptic quality of the herb helps prevent bacterial growth, which is good news for your dog and bad news for the bacteria.
We’re not talking about the movie star stranded on Gilligan’s Island, but the herb. Not only is the root of the ginger herb delicious, but it’s been highly prized for centuries as a medicinal herb. It can be made into a tea or tincture, and is excellent at settling a doggy's upset tummy.
Sadly, goldenseal has nothing to do with gold, seals, or even a magical seal made out of gold (that would just be silly). This herb is a powerful antibiotic that prevents the bacteria from latching onto the cell walls. It can be used as a tincture, tea, or wash for dogs with eye infections or weepy eyes. It’s also useful in treating stomach and bowel ailments.
5. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle protects the liver against damage and also improves liver function. In fact, it’s an important extract to use if your dog has been on any medicine that may affect the liver.
Before You Go-Go
Of course, with any treatment, herbal or otherwise, make sure you consult your vet prior to treatment. Like you, your dog should benefit from these natural wellness boosters, but only under professional supervision. Happy herb growing!
Additional SlideshowsWhat's New Dog Cat
|5 Surprising Ways Cats Get Sick||8 Pet Conditions that Require Lifelong Treatment||5 Essential Cat Vaccines||5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Hydrated||7 Types of Water That Can Make Your Dog Sick|
|Top Ten Tips for Handling Pet Poisonings & Ingestions||How to Become a Pet Sitter||Natural Treatments for Kidney Disease in Dogs||The 12 Best Dog Hugs of All Time||7 Common Side Effects of Pet Medications|
|3 Natural Flea Treatments That Vets Say DON'T Work on Pets||Thanksgiving Safety for Cats||5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Hydrated||Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Cats||5 Ways to Choose Quality Natural Pet Food|