Essential Herbs For A Healthy Dog

By Sarah Hendrix

The use of herbs in treating your canine’s health problems can be quite extensive.

Herbs For Respiratory Problems

Besides using herbs to help treat Kennel Cough, herbs are employed in helping with the care of other
types of coughs. Kennel Cough is a dry, cough. Dogs, like humans, can also be subject to cold variations.
This includes a wet or moist cough. The herbs used to help treat a wet cough are

Coltsfoot - cough expectorant, antispasmodic (eases the coughing fits or spasms), anti-inflammatory,

Goldenrod - astringent, reduces inflammation of the mucus of the respiratory system

Yarrow - anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic

Marshmallow -  can be used to lubricate and soothe the mucous membranes, antimicrobial

Slippery Elm - lubricant of all internal mucous membranes. Also soothes and protects mucous

Plantain - a lubricant, affects and protects the mucous membranes, anti- inflammatory

Herbs are also employed in the treatment of pneumonia. Many of the herbs used, are the same utilized
in treating coughs.

Echinacea - immuno-stimulant, antimicrobial

Astragalus - immuno-stimulant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory

Coltsfoot - antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial

Yarrow - analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory

Herbs Used to Detoxify

The herbs used to detoxify are mean to be gentle. As in humans, the idea is to eliminate any waste
products without placing nay stress or strain on the body. The herbs        are used alone or in
combination. You need to check with your herb practitioner before you attempt to implement this
treatment. Note the specific part of the plant used in this application.

In employing herbs, you sometimes find one part of a herb is better for a specific treatment than others.
The use of a leaf over a root, for example, may be to treat a different ailment. It could also provide
either a milder or stronger dose of the same medicinal powers. These are several of the herbs used
alone or in combination to help detoxify your canine.

Dandelion leaf - a diuretic, stimulates the liver

Yellow Dock root - a cleansing herb, urinary and digestive tracts

Red Clover - a blood cleanser, diuretic

Licorice root - digestive tract systems, endocrine system

Marshmallow - lubricates the membranes of the digestive and urinary tracts

Herbs Used As Dietary Supplements

Another way to use herbs is as a food supplements. You add certain plant substances to your canine’s
diet. They are intended to help boost his or her diet in a number of ways. Herbs act upon the digestive
system and the body as a whole with minimal stress on the kidneys, liver and digestive tract. As is
generally the case, you can use some of the herbs alone or
combine them for greater effect.

Spirulina - nutritional supplement, source of vitamin B complex, beta-carotene, protein, minerals

Nettle - nutritive, contains crude protein, calcium, vitamins A, B complex, C and D, potassium, beta-
carotene, phosphorus

Dandelion leaf - nutritive, contains vitamins A, C, K, D and B-complex, iron, manganese, phosphorus;  
stimulates the liver contains

Alfalfa - nutritive, contains vitamins A, various B vitamin groups, C, D, E and K;  a good source of
dietary fiber

Flax Leaf (powdered) - contains Omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acids, linoleic acids

Herbs can be employed in various ways and form to improve your favorite companion’s health.

They can provide a safe alternative and complementary form of treatment. Before you decide to use
herbs, consult your veterinarian and any other health practitioner you are using. Do your research. In this
way, you can help your canine remain in the best physical and mental state for as long as possible.

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