When it comes to our dogs, we will do anything to improve their quality of life. When they’ve had surgery, we want to see them heal quickly with minimal pain, and when they are old, we want to see them thrive even though they aren’t as agile as they used to be.
Although there is a range of medications on the market to help our dogs, these types of pills can cause serious side effects such as stomach ulcers and liver damage. For fragile dogs, such side effects could be fatal, but we can’t let them go through the pain and do nothing to ease their suffering either.
Luckily, there are gentler and natural sleep aids to help dogs heal without causing further damage. The following are the top ten healing herbs to consider for your dog for a more temperate and therapeutic healing experience.
Ginger is prevalent among pregnant women and those with the flu, and it can also benefit dogs. This flowering plant can help your dog battle nausea and bloat. It aids dogs with flatulence, arthritis, and heartworm. In a remarkable study, researchers also noted ginger’s potential to slow down cancer growth rate thanks to its immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects.
Like ginger, medical mushrooms can slow cancer growth rate as well—allowing you to prolong and uphold your pet’s quality of life for longer. Medical mushrooms can also strengthen the immune system of your pet when he is at his weakest.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile is a soothing herb that can help treat your dog’s eyes in the case of inflammation, swelling, and infection. This flower can ease itchiness as well and soothe your dog when there is skin inflammation. Chamomile is also excellent for calming your pet and alleviating any gastrointestinal issues your pet may suffer from.
Fennel tea is a gentle way to help your dog when he has overeaten or had too many treats. The herb works as an antispasmodic agent, and it helps with gas as well. You can add the fennel directly to your dog’s food or brew a cup of fennel tea and have your pet drink it diluted with his drinking water.
Rosemary comes with a potent smell and potent healing agents as well. This herb is an antioxidant, helping to neutralize the free radicals that can cause cell damage. Rosemary is antimicrobial too, which means it can combat various bacteria and fungi that may attack your pet. This herb is an excellent natural option to ease pain caused by minor burns and cuts, urinary and digestive tracts, and infections in the mouth.
This herb has a luxurious smell and loads of nutrients, including vitamin A, C, K, iron, calcium, and manganese. Thyme is a potent antioxidant too, and a strong antiseptic to help dogs combat gingivitis. This herb is excellent for fighting coughs, oral breath, and fungal infections with its antimicrobial properties. Thyme also helps dogs suffering from colitis, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome thanks to its carminative properties.
Oregano is composed of two chemical compounds known as carvacrol and thymol. This herb has potent healing properties thanks to these two compounds, combatting common health issues in dogs such as giardia, E.coli, ear mites, yeast infection, salmonella, and MRSA.
If your dog is prone to digestive issues, dandelion may be the healing herb that can ease your dog’s pain. This flower has a high potassium level, stimulating your dog’s appetite and facilitating digestion and kidney issues.
Dandelion works as a diuretic, making it a great tool to combat kidney stones, arthritis, gallbladder disease, and heart failure. This flower functions as a liver tonic and helps remove toxins from your pet’s body while being gentle on the kidneys.
Catnip is a stimulant for cats, but it has the opposite effect by working as a sedative for dogs. This herb helps ease intestinal discomfort and works as a diuretic. Catnip is also great for relieving cramps in pregnant dogs and treating external wounds.
You must consult a medical professional before administering any of these herbs to your pet, even with such natural options. Self-diagnosis is never the right option, and for dogs especially, those who are much more fragile than us, it is essential to give them the care they need without causing further damage.
Azadirachta indica, an extract of the Neem tree, is nature’s non-toxic insecticide, plus it heals burns and soothes dry, irritated skin.
Applied topically and absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, Neem makes your dog naturally repellent to mosquitoes and fleas. Parasite preventatives work by filling your dog’s blood with poison; in order to be eliminated, the pest has to take a bite out of your best friend.
With Neem, Spot won’t even get bitten!