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One of the most common questions I see amongst pet owners is people asking if can they give their human herbal tinctures to their pets and how much should they give them. The second most common question is which pet herbal remedies are best for x condition.
As a dog herbalist in training and someone who has given herbal tinctures to my dog, I can tell you there are many remedies that you can use with your dog. However, there are plenty of things to consider before giving your pet any product. I will go over some guidelines and suggestions for pet herbal tinctures.
Can I share my herbal tinctures with my dog?
If money is tight or you have an emergency, the answer is maybe.
First, I would say use a pet herbal remedy because that will leave out all the guesswork.
Then I suggest discussing this with your veterinarian as all your pet’s medical issues need to be taken into account. For example, some herbs are not suggested for pregnant dogs, pets with kidney disease, or pets with allergies to certain plants.
Next, you have to know which herbs are safe depending on the pet type, such as dog, cat, or horse.
Finally, you need to do a calculation using several factors including your dog’s weight for proper dosage.
10 pet herbal remedies safe for dogs and cats
The safest way to administer herbs to your pet is to use pet-specific products such as dog herbal tinctures, or cat herbal remedies. Pet-specific remedies will allow you to give herbs that are not only safe for your pet but in safe dosages.
- Olive leaf can help with UTI’s, cysts, tumors, nodules, or lipomas in dogs or cats.
- Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with pain and according to Anthony William, it is the ultimate weapon against pathogens.
- Passionflower can be used as a dog herbal remedy for separation anxiety. Also for dogs who run hot, it may be helpful as it will assist sensitive nerves which can be a reason for heat intolerance. Another reason for heat intolerance can be the need for a dog-safe liver cleanse.
- Goldenseal is great for the immune system and can be diluted to use as an eye wash.
- Astragalus can help relieve allergy symptoms, and boost the immune system. According to MM, it can reduce high blood pressure.
- Calendula can be a herbal medicine for dog wounds as it helps with first aid situations like cuts, scrapes, bee stings, sunburn, and skin conditions like eczema.
- Catnip can be a natural remedy for ear mites with dogs as it helps to control ear mites! Also, did you know it can have a different effect if it is eaten in something like a cat nip treat versus if a cat sniffs it?
- Valerian is known for its sedative properties, which can be a great alternative to doggie tranquilizers.
- Milk thistle and dandelion are great liver-detoxing herbs.
- Eyebright is great for eye problems like conjunctivitis, cataracts, and puffy eyes.
Cat and Dog tinctures with multiple herbs
- Dog anal gland herbal remedy for dogs and cats.
- Pet Anti-aggression dogs are not the only pets that growl, cats do too!
- Pet Allergy remedy herbs to help with dog allergies or cat allergies.
- Pet Blood cleansing natural remedy can be a great blood purifier for pets
- Dog Cough remedy herbal medicine for a dog cough.
- Dog Digestive support for cats or dogs with an upset tummy or digestive issues.
- Pet Kidney support dogs or cats that suffer from kidney issues may benefit from this herbal remedy.
- Mushroom Immune is a support remedy for dogs and cats that contains several mushrooms such as Maitake, Reishi, and Cordyceps.
- Nerve Relax relieves muscle tension and helps calm anxiety
- Pet Parasite expeller is a natural parasite remedy that may help with parasites and worms
How do I dose my dog using a human liquid supplement?
There is a formula that uses your dog’s weight, the average adult weight, and the adult human dose found on the bottle. The average adult weight, for this equation, is 150 lbs.
For example, say your dog is 30 lbs and the tincture dosage is 1 ml. Divide 150 (Average Adult weight) by 30 (your dog’s weight) which comes out to 0.20. Multiply 0.20 by 1 (the dose on the supplement label) and you get= 0.20. 👈 This is the dose for your dog.
If the dropper holds 1 ml then your dog would get 1/5 of the dropper. I would suggest counting the number of drops in a dropper first and then you will know for sure how many drops will constitute 1/5 of the dropper.
For supplements in a capsule here is an example of how to dose your dog with a human supplement
5 human herbal remedies you can share with your dog
The 5 following tinctures are alcohol-free human herbal tinctures that will need to be converted using the above formula for a proper pet dosage.
- Mullein strengthens lung sacs and powerful expectorant.
- Lemon balm can help with tummy troubles.
- Ashwagandha may help with joint care since it is anti-inflammatory.
- Chamomile I have used it on a dog’s itchy ears.
- Nettle skin and urinary tract infections.
I would love for you to comment on what you found most helpful, insightful or what you plan to use with your pet.