Thursday, 31 October 2013

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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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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