How to give herbs to pets
Fresh and dried herbs: Dried bulk herbs, or fresh herbs can be sprinkled on your pets food, or infused as teas and added to the water bowl. Herbal teas also may great skin washes for pets.
Herbal capsules: Dogs and especially cats, have short digestive tracts. Capsules may pass through them undigested, and cats, well they are not easily fooled into taking them. You may want to break herbal capsules open and sprinkle on food.
Extracts: Glycerine tinctures are usually the first choice for animals because they like the sweetness.
Alfalfa has great value as daily food supplement for long-term relief of the pain of arthritis and cardiovascular health of animals and humans. For use in therapeutic doses, it acts well when combined with dandelion, yucca and licorice.
Dogs love the smell of anise, tuck a small packet of seeds in his doggy bed and blankets to encourage him to sleep there.
Aloe brings cooling relief to fleabites, reducing itching and scratching, minor burns and rashes. Keep your animal friend from licking it off for as long as possible to maximize the effects.
It is one of the plants which is said to be disliked by fleas, and powdered Fennel has the effect of driving away fleas from kennels and stables. The plant gives off ozone most readily.
Working dogs and those who are subject to physiological stress benefit from hawthorn as a daily supplement, as do older animals who suffer from chronic heart problems.
Lavender can be used in a massage oil to relieve the pain and stiffness older dogs have in in the morning, diffused in the air as a treatment for coughs and respiratory infections, and makes a good tick repellent for dogs. Veterinarians in England use lavender oil to get rid of lice and other animal parasites.
The most outstanding attributes of licorice root is it's action as an anti-inflammatory agent. In Chinese medicine, licorice root is commonly used as a liver detoxifier and in several studies it has been shown to benefit animals suffering from liver damage.
Oats are a healthy food for animals- contains considerable amounts of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Cooled oatstraw teas can be poured directly on dog or cat food as a nervous system tonic for aging or debilitated animals.
Valerian is useful in animals to help relax them during stressful events like thunderstorms or trips to the vet. They can also help your companion rest easier while recovering from surgery and pain.
For ringworm infections, thoroughly soak your companion with a strong, cooled sage tea twice daily. A strong sage tea or tincture can also be used to treat and prevent gingivitis and dental infections.
Yucca is commonly added to dog, cat, horse, or cattle feed to optimize the nutritional value of an animal's food, and to reduce unpleasant odors in urine and feces in house pets.
For cats only
Catnip acts as a mild sedative and digestive aid to most animals making it very useful in high-strung animals with nervous stomach upsets. Cats become intoxicated when they sniff the bruised leaves of this plant. The herb is calming and relaxing when taken internally.
1/4 teaspoon of marshmallow tea is good for lubricating and expelling fur balls in cats. You can also give 1/4 teaspoon of bran, psyllium, or ground flaxseed to provide fiber and lubricating mucilage to help remove hair balls.
Bugle-weed is especially useful in cats with overactive thyroid conditions. The lithospermic acid in bugle-weed is believed to decrease levels of certain hormones, especially the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4). The nerve calming and vasular constrictor actions of bugle-weed make it useful for pain relief in situations that involve irritability and tension. It does not contain salivates, so it can be used for post-traumatic pain relief in cats.