Golden Seal - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

goldenseal for 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 natural compound berberine.
Berberine is:
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
Golden Seal can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder
  • Fresh sliced or finely minced root
  • Tea - infusion
  • Tincture
  • Supplement - capsule, pill

2.0 Health Benefits of Goldenseal

A partial list
Ingested Uses Include:
  • Cancer
  • Digestive disorders including
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Ulcers
  • Heart health
  • Internal bleeding
  • Liver disorders:
  • Upper respiratory infections and reduction of symptoms from environmental allergies
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Topical Uses Include:
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 for new-born puppies or kittens.

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 Dosing Guideline
Dosing 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
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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Article by Karen Rosenfeld


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