February 15th, 2010
by Herb Lady · Filed Under: Herbal Dog
Herbs have safely been used to treat illnesses in dogs for thousands of years, just as they have been used by humans.
In fact dogs, like most animals are wonderful herbalists. They instinctively seek out a wide variety of plants as they go about their day, and use these plants to self medicate. If you doubt this, watch your dog out in the yard actively eating grass or another plant. It is not always the same grass. Even domesticated dogs can identify dozens of plants, know how to use them medicinally, and will purposefully seek them out when needed.
Dogs are sensitive to some herbs, so never assume that a herb is safe for a dog just because you can use it yourself or on another animal. Dosage is also very important.
It takes years to train a herbalist about the safe use of herbs. A large amount of time also includes what is called “the fine print”. Which herbs should never be used. Which herbs need to be used with caution, especially in regards to dosage.
When it comes to herbal treatment of animals, what is safe in a horse can kill a dog. A herb that can safely be used by dogs can kill a cat.
More harm is done by herbs out of ignorance from untrained lay people than by all the herbalists in the world combined.
At Herbal Dog we aim to raise awareness of how some common herbs can help maintain and improve you dog’s health and wellbeing.This is purely for informational purposes, please seek advice from a herbalist qualified in the herbal treatment of dogs before giving your dog any natural remedies.