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.