Using Natural Herbs for Dogs

Share the herbal benefits with your favorite pets by sticking to a few herbal doggie tips and treats.

| April 2018

  • Herbs also have many health benefits for dogs, so feeding your pets these herbal treats will give them a good health boost.
    Photo by Amy K. Fewell
  • “The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion” by Amy K. Fewell is a full guide to living a more natural lifestyle through herbalism.
    Photo courtesy of Lyons Press

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion (Lyons Press, 2018) by Amy K. Fewell helps beginners and experts alike make the most of their homegrown herbs. This guide takes readers through the basics of using herbs in their home. Fewell speaks from experience, after growing her own herbs for years. The following excerpt is her advice on using herbs for your dog’s health.

My biggest “ah-ha” moment in terms of farm dogs came from watching our Black Mouth Cur named Delilah. She had come down with a urinary tract infection, as many female dogs do. I had given her one antibiotic capsule but, hours later, I noticed she was outside chowing down on my echinacea plants.

I began to freak out a bit. My precious echinacea was being destroyed by a crazy dog. After noticing that each time she went outside she’d start eating echinacea leaves, I realized that nature was actually at work right in front of me. Delilah was self-medicating.

Because Delilah is closer to a wild dog in the gene pool than our goofy Labrador Retriever, Samson, she hasn’t completely lost touch with nature like he has after years of breeding for conformation.

I didn’t give Delilah any more antibiotics and watched her closely. She rested frequently, ate echinacea three times a day on her own, and within seven days she was completely healed. As an herbalist, I felt honored to have witnessed this so closely firsthand.

This simply proved my theory that if given the proper natural tools, animals can heal themselves in many situations. While I lost three echinacea plants in the process, I witnessed something far greater at work.

5/12/2018 8:54:45 AM

Garlic in small doses is perfectly fine for dogs. It would literally take a dog to eat over 40 cloves before they would begin to see toxicity. We've taken a general "this could be bad" for dogs and turned it into "never give this to your dogs". The government did this with Comfrey and humans. Comfrey is outlawed in so many countries because it can have detrimental effects on the liver if consumed too much or in too high doses. Echinacea can cause heart issues if taken internally by humans in too high dosages or too often. Same issue with dogs. If dogs eat too much (a LOT) of garlic, it could have adverse effects. But a maintenance dosage is perfectly fine.

5/12/2018 8:54:43 AM

Garlic, in small doses, is perfectly fine for dogs. There is controversy around garlic because large doses can cause issues, but it would literally take over 40 cloves for most dogs to even be affected adversely by garlic. What has happened is we've taken a general "this is bad when over dosed" and turned it into something completely bad for dogs, and that's not right. Even large doses of echinacea for humans could lead to a heart attack.But we still take it, wisely.

5/6/2018 10:56:23 AM

I have seen homade flea control made with garlic. I have large dogs and have given them small amounts of garlic in their food for years with no issues.



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