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Top 5 Herbs For Your Dogs Health

Herbalism has been around since the beginning of time. We wouldn't be here without it!

Our ancestors and all species of animals have utilized the medicinal benefits of herbs to keep themselves healthy, deal with different ailments and alter their states of consciousness. Let's take a look at some medicinal herbs that can help your canine friends!

1. Chamomile

Chamomile is mainly used for nervous tension and an upset stomach. This can be a beneficial remedy for dogs who get nervous in the car and car sick. It is more common than most think for a dog to get car sick and then that shows up as nervousness or poor behavior on drives. Chamomile is worth a try in the car since it could be a win-win for nervous dogs and ones with a sour stomach.

2. Turmeric

One of the main uses for Turmeric is for whole body inflammation. Whether this is inflammation in the joints, after an injury, within the skin or digestive tract, extended use of this root will calm the inflammation response, relieve discomfort and improve joint mobility. and function. Turmeric is also a strong anti-oxidant that combats free radical damage which is correlated to aging and many diseases. Other benefits of Turmeric include prevention of heart disease, arthritis and depression.

3. Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms have many uses and can help your dog in a variety of ways. Some beneficial mushrooms for dogs are Turkey Tail, Reishi, Chaga, Maitake, Shiitake, King Trumpet, Antrodia Camphorata, Cordyceps, Agaricus blazei and Lions Mane. These mushrooms help with a wide range of ailments. They help to strengthening immunity, improving joint health, fight off cancers, heal after injury or surgery and support skin, coat and allergies

4. Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue green algae that is consumed for its wide array of nutrients, phytonutrients and chlorophyll. These compounds help improve the immune system while reducing the risk of autoimmune disorders, cancers, and infections. Spirulina also helps detoxify the body and aids in the reduction of allergies.

5. Skullcap

Skullcap is a flowering plant that is used to treat anxiety, nervous tension, muscle spasms, and trouble sleeping. When a dogs nervous system is on over drive they can react to seemingly innocent situations with an alarming intensity. Some problem behaviors that can be caused by anxiety are excessive barking, separation anxiety, chewing furniture or shoes, leash reactivity, digging holes in the yard and skittishness. Skullcap can help relax the nervous system which helps the dog not react as abruptly and work through the uncomfortable feelings.

What are different ways to give medicinal herbs, algae and fungi to your dog?

  • Purchase a pre-made and mixed quality herbal supplement. These can come in a variety of forms. Some come in mixed powders that can be sprinkled on your dogs food. Others, like ours at Dandi-lions Den | Fur-bal Remedies are conveniently made into a tasty biscuit that can be administered easily and eaten happily by your canine friend!

  • There are also companies who make capsules or tinctures of these herbs that can be given like any other medication or squirted directly into their mouth.

  • These medicinals could be bought in bulk and mixed into your dogs food. They are more easily mixed into some type of wet food since the powders will taste dry and some have a strong flavor.

  • These could also be made into a tea that is then mixed with the dogs food. This way it can be mixed with most food and won't have a uncomfortable texture to picky dogs.

Supporting our dogs health and happiness with medicinal herbs, algae and fungi can help increase their health, raise their confidence, support their happiness and improve their comfort throughout life. Food is medicine. Medicine is food. There are options out there to support our dogs health that don't have negative side effects. These are only a few!

What have you used to treat your dogs ailments? What has worked for you? What has not?

We'd love to hear your experiences!

 

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