Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Herbs, Spices Good for Dogs, Cats, Bad for Dogs, Cats - Uses, Dosage



In this article...
1. Introduction
2. General Cautions
3. Herbs and Spices for Dogs
    3.1 Herbs and Spices that are Safe, Beneficial for Dogs
    3.2 Herbs and Spices that are NOT Safe for Dogs
4. Herbs and Spices for Cats 
5. General Guideline for Daily Herbal Intake


1.0 Introduction

There are many herbs and spices that can be added to your dog's and cat's daily diet. Herbs and spices can be very rich in nutrients vital to the daily maintenance of your dog's and cat's health - for example...
  • Boost the immune system;
  • Repel and eliminate insects, parasites and associated symptoms and conditions;
  • Treat and remedy many health conditions - ailments, chronic conditions, viruses etc., help prevent degenerative effects of aging, help prevent  cancer;
  • Help heal wounds;
  • etc.
I use many different herbs and spices on a daily basis to support the health of my dogs and cats.

To ensure that the herb or spice you are using has maximum benefits and efficacy use organic products only.

 
2.0 General Cautions

Before you use any herb or spice on your dog or cat - as part of his'/her's daily diet,as an ingested treatment/remedy or as a topical treatment - understand possible:
  1. Cautions, if any;
  2. Side effects if any; 
  3. Drug interactions if any - if your dog or cat is on any conventional drug;
  4. Interactions between herbs/spices if you are using multiple herbs and spices.
Failure to understand and do items 1. to 4. above can result in your dog or cat experiencing a health threatening adverse reaction.

While certain herbs and spices do not create a hazard by themselves they can interfere with conventional western medicines - for example but not limited to...
  • Aspirin
  • Antibiotics
  • Cardiac drugs
  • Central Nervous System drugs
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Diabetic / Hypoglycemic drugs (i.e. Insulin)
  • Diuretics (i.e. Furosemide, Diazide)
  • Drugs changed by the liver;
  • Hormones (i.e. Thyroxine)
  • Steroids
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) i.e. Rimadyl
    • Please note - Turmeric and Curcumin will not degrade the effects of Glucosamine, Chondrotin or MSN, and can be used with Turmeric and Curcumin.
Not all herbs and spices are safe for pregnant or lactating dogs and cats, or for puppies and littens.
Make sure you do your homework or get advise prior to introducing herbs and spices to your dog's , cat's diet/ health care regimen.

3.0 Herbs and Spices for Dogs...
 
3.1 Herbs and Spices That are Safe, Beneficial for Dogs

The following provides a partial list of herbs and spices that are safe for dogs to ingest. Some are also safe and effective for topical applications as well…as noted in section 2.0 above make sure you do your research prior to providing any herb or spice to your dog for ingestion or topical application...

Alfalfa
Aloe Vera multiple health benefits .
Anise multiple health benefits
Arnica Montana multiple health benefits
Astralagus
Bayberry
Barberry Bark
Bilberry
Burdock
Basil multiple health benefits
Beebalm
Bosweilla
Calendula
Catnip 
Cat's Claw multiple health benefits
Cat Thyme
Cayenne
  • Should never be ingested but can be used topically;
  • Topical application:
    • Cayenne in small quantity can be used as a topical treatment; 
    • The Capsaicin from cayenne peppers can be added to creams and gels as capsacin is a natural pain reliever and also has excellent antibacterial properties to help fight infection.
Caraway Seed multiple health benefits
1Chamomile multiple health benefits
Chevril
Chickweed
1Cinnamon multiple health benefits also...
Cilantro (Corriander)
Curcumin - multiple health benefits
  • Curcumin offers an vast array of health benefits
Cress
Dandelion
Dill
Dong Quai multiple health benefits
Echinacea
Eyebright
Flax Seed multiple health benefits also...
1Fennel multiple health benefits  
Galangal
Garlic multiple health benefits also...
Ginger multiple health benefits also...
Gingko
Gloxinia
Green Tea - decafinated multiple health benefits also...
Golden Seal
Hawthorn
Hyssop
Irish Moss
Indian Strawberry
Juniper Berries multiple health benefits
Lavender
Gloxinia
Lemon Balm
Lemon Grass
Lemon Verbena
Licorice multiple health benefits
Lovage
Majoram multiple health benefits
Marshmallow root
Milk Thistle multiple health benefits
Mint
Mullein 
Nettle
Oat
Oregano
Oregon Grape
Parsley multiple health benefits also...
Plaintain
Peppermint
Penny Royal
Red Clover
Rooibos Tea multiple health benefits  also...
Rosemary
1Sage
Sarsaparilla
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) 
  • safe for dogs that are not pregnant
Skullcap
Slippery Elm multiple health benefits
Spearmint
St. John’s Wort 
Strawberry
Tarragon

Tea Tree Oil
  • Only use in diluted carrier such as almond or olive oil in a ratio of 50:50
  • Not for ingested use! 
  • Only for topical use with great caution and should NOT be ingested by dog via licking, breathing in vapor etc.
Thyme
Thuja
Turmeric - multiple health benefits
 1note - these herbs are safe for pregnant dogs when used as a culinary herb.  Do not use essential oils derived from these herbs as part of a pregnant dog's diet.
Uva Ursi
Valerian
Wormwood (a dewormer that should only be used under the supervision of a holistic
     veterinarian)

3.2 Herbs and Spices That are NOT Safe for Dogs

The following provides a list of some of the herbs that are harmful to dogs…
  • Cocoa
  • Comfrey
  • Paprika
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Tea Tree Oil (must only be used in diluted carrier such as almond or olive oil in a ratio of 50:50)
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Ma Huang (Ephedra) use under supervision of a holistic veterinarian only.
  • Wormwood (a dewormer that should only ever be used under the supervision of a holistic veterinarian)

4.0 Herbs and Spices for Cats...
 
4.1 Herbs and Spices That are Safe, Beneficial for Cats

The following provides a partial list of herbs and spices that are safe for cats to ingest. Some are also safe and effective for topical applications as well…as noted in section 2.0 above make sure you do your research prior to providing any herb or spice to your cat for ingestion or topical application...

AlfalfaAloe Vera multiple health benefits .
Anise multiple health benefits
Arnica Montana multiple health benefits
Astralagus
Basil multiple health benefits
Beebalm
Bosweilla
Calendula
Catnip 
Cat's Claw multiple health benefits
Cat Thyme
Cayenne
  • Should never be ingested but can be used topically;
  • Topical application:
    • Cayenne in small quantity can be used as a topical treatment; 
    • The Capsaicin from cayenne peppers can be added to creams and gels as capsacin is a natural pain reliever and also has excellent antibacterial properties to help fight infection.
Caraway Seed multiple health benefits
1Chamomile multiple health benefits
Chevril
1Cinnamon multiple health benefits also...
Cilantro (Corriander)
Curcumin - multiple health benefits
  • Curcumin offers an vast array of health benefits
Cress
Dandelion
Dill
Echinacea
Eyebright
Flax Seed multiple health benefits also...
Ginger multiple health benefits also...
Gloxinia
Green Tea - decafinated multiple health benefits also...
Golden Seal
Hawthorn
Hyssop
Indian Strawberry
Juniper Berries multiple health benefits
Lavender
Gloxinia
Lemon Balm
Lemon Verbena
Licorice multiple health benefits
Lovage
Majoram multiple health benefits
Marshmallow root
Milk Thistle multiple health benefits
Mint
Mullein 
Nettle
Oat
Oregano
Oregon Grape
Parsley multiple health benefits also...
Plaintain
Peppermint
Penny Royal
Red Clover
Rooibos Tea multiple health benefits  also...
Rosemary
1Sage
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) 
  • safe for dogs that are not pregnant
Slippery Elm multiple health benefits
Spearmint
Strawberry
Tarragon
Thyme
Thuja
Turmeric - multiple health benefits
 1note - these herbs are safe for pregnant dogs when used as a culinary herb.  Do not use essential oils derived from these herbs as part of a pregnant dog's diet.
Valerian
Wormwood (a dewormer that should only be used under the supervision of a holistic
     veterinarian)

5.0 General Guideline for Daily Intake

Based on Dog’s, Cat's Weight

As noted in section 2.0 above make sure you understand all cautions, interactions, side effects, etc. before deciding to use.
 
 Weight
Powder
Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
1-10 lbs
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose