Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Chamomile - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

Safe to use as a daily dietary supplement,
alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.
In this article...

1. Chamomile
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake

1.0 Chamomile (German, Roman)
Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, has been used an herbal remedy since ancient times. The dried flower head of the chamomile plant contains beneficial medicinal properties, the major components being:
  • 36 types of flavonoids;
  • 28 types of trepenoids, and various:
  • Phenolic compounds.
Use chamomile as:
  • An ingested treatment and/or topical treatment;
  • Dry powder, oil, tea, tincture, salve, rinse.

2.0 Health Benefits, partial list…
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Mild astringent
  • Encourage and speed healing
External Uses..
Internal Uses…
    • Allergies – specifically hay fever (environmental allergy);
    • Anti-cancer agent, cancer growth inhibitor (breast, skin, prostate, ovarian…);
    • Arthritis;
    • Anxiety reduction, nerve calming (mild sedative);
    • Attention deficit disorder (ADD);
    • Back pain;
    • Cardiovascular conditions;
    • Fever;
    • Gastrointestinal conditions:
    • Carmative;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Digestive system relaxant;
    • Diverticular disease;
    • Esophageal reflex;
    • Indigestion;
    • GI tract irritation;
    • Muscle spasms associated with GI inflammatory disorders;
    • Immune system booster;
    • Ulcers of the stomach;
    • Motion sickness;
    • Nausea;
    • Osteoporosis;
    • Sleep problems (mild sedative);
    • Ulcers of the mouth;
    • Upper respiratory system infections including;
      • Colds;
      • Stuffy nose;
      • Sore throat;
    • Uterine tonic;
    • Vomiting.

3.0 Cautions…
  • May cause an allergic reaction in some individuals with ragweed or related plant sensitivity;
  • Can cause skin irritations and eye irritation in some individuals;
  • Use only in moderation as and ingested treatment if your dog or cat is pregnant or lactating.

4.0 Side Effects
  • See cautions above.
5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Anticoagualant, antiplatelet drugs.
  • Medications that are changed or broken down by the liver;
  • Sedative (depressant) medications.
6.0 General Guideline...
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
Dry Powders

1-10 lbs
a small pinch up to 1/8 tsp
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
1 larger pinch - 1/8 to ¼ tsp
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

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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Wishing your dog and cat the best of health!

Karen Rosenfeld
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Adviser – Dogs and Cats