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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Ginger - Herbs for Dogs and Cats


Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement,
alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.


In this article...

1. Ginger
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Interactions
6. General Guideline for Daily Herbal Intake 


1.0  Ginger
Ginger is a spice that is also cherished for its medicinal qualities. 

Ginger can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder;
  • Fresh sliced or finely minced root;
  • Tea - infusion;
  • Tincture - use alcohol-free only;
  • Supplement - capsule, pill.
 
2.0 Health Benefits – a partial list…

Ginger is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, for example…
  • Ingested Uses...
    •  Arthritis;
      • Osteoarthritis;
      • Rheumatoid arthritis;
    • Bronchitis;
    • Carminative;
    • Cough;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Dizziness;
    • Gas;
    • Increase blood circulation (i.e. to help prevent vascular damage such as frostbite to a dog’s ears);
    •  Loss of appetite;
    • Nausea (i.e. caused by cancer treatment - chemotherapy)
    • Stomach issues including motion sickness; 
    • Vomiting (i.e. post surgery)
    • Upset stomach;
    • Pain relief for:
      • Back;
      • Chest;
      • Hip;
      • Knee;
      • Stomach;
      • Muscle soreness;
    • Upper respiratory tract infection;
    • etc.
  • Topical Uses... 
    • Ginger Oil;
    • Treatment of a burn to the skin;
    • Treatment to relieve pain to the skin.

3.0 Cautions…

If your dog or cat:
  • Is pregnant use ginger with extreme caution, only use in minimal amounts if at all.
  • Is lactating don’t feed ginger;
  • Has a bleeding disorder or is on anticoagulants;
  • Has a heart condition.

4.0 Side Effects...
  • Ginger may increase risk of bleeding - i.e. during labor or in the case of bleeding disorders;
  • Ginger may lower blood sugar levels:
    • If your dog or cat has diabetes, his/her medications may have to be adjusted;
    • Stop use of ginger two weeks prior to schedules surgery to avoid complications of blood sugar management during surgery;
  • High doses of ginger can worsen some heart conditions - consult with your veterinarian before adding ginger to the diet.


5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Anti-diabetes drugs;
  • Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet drugs;
  • Is on a medication for high blood pressure don’t use ginger unless you consult your veterinarian.

6.0 General Guideline...
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
Weight
Dry Powders
Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
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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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

I offer extensive consultation services - Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness and Holistic Behavioral, for people that are serious about looking after their dogs and cats holistically. If you want to engage my services you can contact me via email or phone.

If you are looking for additional free advice, please refer back to the articles on my site, do not contact me via email or phone - personalized service is for my clients / patients only.

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