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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Licorice Root - Herbs For Dogs and Cats



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

In this article...
1. Licorice Root
2. Health Benefits  
3. Cautions  
4. Side Effects  
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake 

1.0 Licorice Root
Licorice has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb to treat a wide variety of issues. The medicinal properties are derived from the root of the licorice plant. Licorice is an effective, fast acting anti-inflammatory which can completely replace or greatly reduce the need for corticosteroids. The chemical glycyrrhizin is the active anti-inflammatory agent in licorice. Glycyrrhzin is and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

Cats and dogs usually enjoy the taste of licorice, making this herb perfect for use to mask the taste of less attractive tasting herbs.

Licorice 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 Benefits, a partial list…

Uses - Ingested
  • Helps to relieve:
    • Arthritis;
    • Itching including inching from allergies;
    • Digestive issues;
    • During detox allergy treatment to cleanse the blood treat the skin with licorice as noted below;
    • Endocrine issues;
    • Inflammation;
    • Infection resistance stimulator – supports the reticuloendothelial system;
    • Liver health supporting;
    • Liver detoxer;
    • Liver disease;
    • Pain;
    • Respiratory issues such as colds as licorice soothes mucous membranes;
    • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs);

Uses – Topical
  • Use licorice tea, salve or oil for…
    • Flea-bite allergies;
    • Dermatitis (contact type);
    • Eczema;
    • Psoriasis;
    • And other skin disorders.
  • The anti-arthritic actions of licorice is comparable to that of hydrocortisone – the difference is that licorice does not suppress the immune system – hydrocortisone does.
  • Licorice does not interfere with corticosteroid drugs therefore licorice can be used as a supportive adjunct as it has a strengthening effect which allows for lower doses of corticosteroids. This is important for dogs in long-term therapies as the serious debilitating side effects of steroid drugs may be mitigated by taking lower doses. Licorice can also be used to wean the dog off of steroids safely.

Preparation, Dosage, Duration and Adjustments
  • Licorice is naturally sweet and has a flavor that most dogs enjoy;
  • You can use licorice to mask the less favored taste of other herbs that your dog may need to ingest but not like the taste of;
  • Use a low-alcohol or no alcohol licorice root extract tincture.
    Don’t use for more than 2 weeks at a time – unless your veterinarian has instructed otherwise.
    If you must use for more than two weeks make sure that you add dandelion to the diet so that increased potassium requirement is met and elimination of excess sodium is enabled.

    3.0 Cautions
    • Use in moderation for pregnant or lactating dog or cat.

    4.0 Side effects…
    • As noted further above.

    5.0 Drug Interactions…
    • Licorice may interfere with blood thinning drugs;
    • Medications changed by the liver;
    • Medications for high blood pressure;
    • Diuretic drugs.

    6.0 General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake
    Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog's or Cat's Weight
         Weight
    Dry Powders


    Teas
    Capsules/Tablets
    Tincture
    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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    Juniper Berries - Herbs for Dogs and Cats



    Safe for most dogs and cats when used as an
    alternate medicine in moderation for short-term intervention...

    In this article - Juniper Berries...
    1. Juniper Berries
    2. Health Benefits  
    3.Cautions  
    4. Side Effects  
    5. Drug Interactions

    1.0 Juniper Berries

    • Safe for most dogs and cats when used in moderation as an ingested treatment for short-term intervention;
    • Safe to use as a topical treatment for small wounds - not to be used as a long-term daily supplement or treatment.
    • Juniper berry oil is safe for use as a topical antiseptic treatment for minor cuts to prevent and treat bacterial infections.
    • Whole juniper berries can be ground with a mortar and pestle into a powder or you can purchase it in oil or supplement form.
    • Juniper berries are harvested from the coniferous juniper which grows as a bush or medium height tree – a member of the pine family.
    • Available forms - whole berries, powder, tea, tincture...
    My German shepherd x Siberian Husky ‘Sarah’ likes juniper berries so much that she picks them herself – I keep an eye on her to ensure she does not consume too many!



    2.0 Health Benefits


    Juniper berries contain volatile oils that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and carminative. Juniper berry is a blood purifier that eliminates impurities from the blood via the urinary tract.


    Uses – partial list...

    Ingested…


    Uses (Topical)…

    • Apply the oil (sparingly) directly to the skin to treat:
    • Minor cuts, scrapes, wounds;
    •  Joint and muscle pain.

    Uses (Inhaled)…

    • Treat bronchitis;
    • Numb pain.

    To make a Juniper Berry Tea

    • Steep 20 berries for every cup of water;
    • Use a tea pot or pot with a lid to preserve the volatile oils;
    • Only step for 5 to 8 minutes to preserve the volatile oils;
    • Use the tea sparingly…
      • Small dogs and cats should have no more than 1 tbs a day;
      • Medium size dogs should have no more than 1/8 cup a day;
      • Large dogs should have no more than 1/3 cup a day.
    • Only use until the issues clears and do not use for more than 4 weeks at a time.


    3.0 Cautions...

    • Juniper tea - Ingested Use:
      • Is for temporary use only, to clear-up a condition
      • Do not use juniper tea for more than 4 weeks at a time after which stop usage for a minimum of a week before using juniper tea again.
    • Juniper Tea or Tincture - Topical Use:
      • When using topically only apply to small areas – don’t use on large wounds;
    • Juniper can lower blood sugar so don’t use on dogs that have diabetes;
    • Juniper might affect blood pressure so don’t use on dogs with blood pressure issues;
    • Stop using juniper two weeks prior to any scheduled surgery;
    • Do not use for pregnant or lactating females.
    • If your dog has environmental allergies, he/she may have an allergic reaction to juniper – if a reaction occurs, cease use.


    4.0 Side effects…

    • When used topically can in some cases cause burning, irritation, redness and swelling.
    • When ingested in large doses may cause diarrhea, vomiting and increases urine flow;
    • Taking large doses over time can cause damage to the kidneys and convulsions.


    5.0 Drug Interactions…

    • Minor interaction – diuretic drugs;
    • Moderate interaction – anti-diabetes drugs.

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