Dong Quai - Herbs for Dogs

dong quai for dogs and cats
In this article:
  1. About Dong Quai root
  2. Health Benefits for Dogs and Cats
  3. Cautions
  4. Side Effects
  5. Drug Interactions
1. About Dong Quai Root  
Angelica sinensis, ‘female ginseng’
Dong quai is an herbal plant that has been used for more than a thousand years as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The root of the plant (rhizomes) are used to make medicine in the form of fresh ground root, dry powder or supplement in capsule form, tincture, essential oil and, when administered in hospital/clinic – injection form. The essential oil from should not be ingested. Dong quai contains compounds that reduce pain, open blood vessels, stimulate and relax muscles. 
  • Do not use on cats even for short periods of time.
  • Prolonged use for dogs is not recommended, for short term use only.

2. Health Benefit of Angelica Root for Dogs and Cats

A partial list:
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Heart disease – in which case dong quai is combined with astralagus and asian ginseng;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Reduction of joint pain;
  • Ulcers.

3. Cautions

  • Don’t use on pregnant or lactating dogs;
  • Don’t use if your dog has any hormone sensitive health conditions;
  • Do not use two weeks prior to surgery as this herb can slow blood clotting;
  • Don’t use if your dog is at risk of forming a blood clot.
  • Don't use on dogs that have chronic diarrhea.

4. Side Effects

  • Limit your dog's exposure to the sun while he/she is on dong quai as the herb may make your dog more sensitive to sunlight - possible causing skin inflammation and rashes.
5.0 Drug Interactions
  • Anticoagualant, antiplatelet drugs.
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Article by Karen Rosenfeld

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