Herbal Pet Care

animal wellness imageJust as we use herbs to enhance our lives, we can do the same for our four-legged family members – our pets. A growing number of veterinarians take a holistic approach to health care for animals, and that includes the use of herbs to promote wellness and increase the quality and length of our pet’s lives. At home, you can use herbs to supplement your pet’s diet and make healing preparations for them. But remember Always work with a veterinarian who is trained in the use of herbs for pets.

Nutritive Herbs for Pets

The following herbs are excellent daily additions to your pet’s diet. Finely mince the fresh organic herbs and sprinkle them over food just before serving. Grind the seeds into a powder and add just a pinch to food before serving. Decoct {simmer in water for 10 to 15 minutes} the burdock root, and pour some of the liquid over your pet’s food.

Parsley

{Petroselinum crispum} leaves –  Supplies protein; also rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, riboflavin, potassium, iron, magnesium, niacin, and phosphorus.

Dandelion

{Taraxacum officinale} leaves – Rich in protein, potassium, vitamin A, iron, manganese, and other trace minerals; supports the liver.

Nettle

{Urtica dioica} leaves – Rich in protein, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and potassium, as well as vitamins A, C, D, and B complex. {Note: Nettle leaves must be dried or cooked to destroy the plant’s stinging qualities.}

Purslane

{Portulaca aleracea} leaves – An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, and C and the minerals iron, magnesium, and calcium.

Borage

{Borago officinalis} seeds – evening primrose {Oenothera biennis} seeds, or flax {linum usitatissimum} seeds –

Provide essential fatty acids, necessary for the development and maintenance of the brain, liver, heart, and immune system.

Burdock

{Arctium lappa} root – An abundant source of calcium, phosphorus, and thiamin; excellent liver tonic, cleanses the body of toxins.

 

 

 

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