Thursday, 31 October 2013

Golden Seal - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

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

In this article...

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

1.0 Golden Seal

Golden seal is an herbal plant that contains the chemical berberine;
  • Berberine is:
    • Antibacterial;
    • Antifungal.

Golden Seal 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 – partial list…
  • Ingested Treatments
    • Cancer;
    • Digestive disorders including;
    • Chronic Fatigue;
    • Colitis;
    • Constipation;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Gas;
    • Ulcers.
    • Heart health:
      • Lowers blood pressure and improves irregular heartbeats;
      • Lowers blood sugar;
      • Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL)
      • Internal bleeding;
    • Liver disorders;
    • Upper respiratory infections and reduction of symptoms from environmental allergies;
    • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

3.0 Cautions…
  • If your dog or cat is pregnant or lactating don’t use golden seal as an ingested treatment/supplement;
  • Don’t use golden seal as an ingested treatment/supplement for new-born puppies or kittens.
  • Don't use for more than 14 consecutive days.
  • Those with autoimmune issues, blood pressure issues, heart issues or liver issues, use with care.

4.0 Side Effects…
  • If ingested by newborn puppies and kittens, golden seal may cause brain damage.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Cyclosporine;
  • Medications changed by the liver;
  • Medications that are moved by pumps into cells.
  • Many other drugs.

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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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

Adjective

"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
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Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Adviser – Dogs and Cats

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