Your cat or dog may sometimes experience an occasional tummy upset, diarrhea, itchy skin or mood swings. While many of us consider them to be a part of our family, your pet will react very differently to herbs and foods that humans consume without any problem. The best way is to start with a small dose and observe your pet’s reaction carefully. If there is no problem, then go ahead with the full recommended dosage. If in doubt, it is best to check with your Vet, as they are well versed with natural medicines and herbal remedies.
How to Give Your Pet Herbs
Fresh and dried herbs: You can sprinkle both fresh and dried herbs on your pets food or infuse as tea in the water bowl. Herbal teas can also be used to wash dogs.
Herbal capsules: As dogs and cats have short digestive tracts, capsules may pass through without digesting. The best is to open the capsule and sprinkle the the powder over food.
Extracts: Glycerin tinctures are usually the best choice for pets since the sweet taste makes them easier to take than alcohol tinctures.
Herbs for Your Pets
Alfalfa: Is good for the long-term relief of arthritis pain and for the heart health of both animals and humans. Combine with yucca to optimize the nutritional value of an animal’s food, and to reduce unpleasant odors in urine and feces in house pets.
Aloe: As for humans, aloe helps to reduce itches and scratches for your pet. Try to prevent your pet from licking it off for as long as possible to maximize the effects.
Anise: This herb is great for keeping fleas at bay. Dogs love the scent of anise. Make a small packed of anise and fennel seeds and tuck it in your pets bed or blankets to encourage him to sleep there.
Catnip: For most animals, catnip is a mild sedative as well as a digestive aid. It is good for highly strung pets or pets that have nervous stomachs. Beware that cats become intoxicated when the sniff the bruised leaves of catnip.
Lavender: As with humans, lavender can be used in a massage oil for your pet. It helps to relieve pain and stiffness that older dogs have in in the morning. It can also act as a tick and flea repellent for dogs.
Sage: Soak for pet in strong, cooled sage tea twice daily to treat ringworm infections.
Valerian: For humans valerian induces sleep, for your pet it can help induce relaxation during stressful times, for example during hair cuts or thunder storms.
Source: Annie’s Remedy