Herbal Petcare – Healthy pets, naturally!

Humans arent the only living creatures to know the healing powers of herbs.  Animals in the wild will naturally turn to herbs if they are feeling unwell and our domesticated friends can benefit as well.

There are now a great many veterinarians who have a more holistic approach to the care they offer.  Alternative therapies work side by side with conventional medicine, diet and exercise (just like it should be).  If your pets’ concerns arent major you can treat your furry friend with home made remedies, just like you would the rest of the family.

Even the best kept pets will be exposed to fleas at one time or another, which is where a home made flea remedies comes in handy. If you have some tansy on hand you can directly rub crushed leaves into your pet’s hair. You can wash your dog’s coat with a strong rosemary infusion, which is also good to wash bedding and collars.

Flea Powder
Mix 1 teaspoon each of dried rosemary, crushed fennel seeds, dried wormwood and dried rue.
Comb sparingly into your pet’s coat.

Herbs to Soothe the Frightened Beast
There are quite a few animals that suffer from nerves.  Skittish at the thought or travel or jumping at loud noises, it does not matter if it’s a horse, a cat , a dog or a hamster, a nervous animal causes a great deal of anxiety. Herbal treatments to calm frightened pets can be made from the same herbs that work for humans.  Chamomile tea – a few drops for the hamster, a tablespoon for the cat and up to 3 tablespoons for the dog – soothes the nerves, eases digestion, fights intestinal parasites and improves appetite.  Cats are also particularly partial to valerian which works wonders with anxiety. Try a dose of 3 or 4 drops of valerian tea added to food or drink.

Catnip Toy
I am sure that by now everyone who owns a cat knows that they enjoy catnip.  It gives them a serious buzz and a catnip toy entertains them for hours.   You can buy hollow toys made for this purpose, or you can sew up little sachets so all you have to do is stuff it with some dried catnip.

There is much you can do for your furred and feathered friends. You can make your own worming treatments (not under 6 months old), you can keep lice away from birds – many of the human remedies work for animals as well but in much different concentrations.  Always tell your vet if you are using home remedies when treating your pet in case of any interactions with prescribed treatments.

There are specific considerations when treating animals, make sure you know what applies to your particular pet.

 

 

 

 

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