Licorice Root - Herbs For Dogs and Cats

In this article:
  1. Licorice Root 
  2. Health Benefits for Dogs and Cats
  3. Cautions   
  4. Drug Interactions 
  5. Dosing Guideline

1. Licorice Root

Licorice root has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb to treat a wide variety of inflammatory health issues.

Licorice root is an effective, fast acting anti-inflammatory that can help eliminate the need for corticosteroids.
Licorice root contains a potent natural anti-inflammatory compound called glycyrrhizin. Glycyrrhzin also has antimicrobial properties.

Licorice root can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder
  • Encapsulated
  • Fresh sliced or finely minced root
  • Tea - infusion
  • Tincture

2. Health Benefits of Licorice Root for Dogs and Cats
Partial list, ingested uses:
  • Licorice root can help relieve symptoms of:
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive issues
  • During detox allergy treatment to cleanse the blood
  • Endocrine issues
  • Inflammation
  • Liver detox and conditions
  • Pain relief
  • Respiratory issues such as colds as licorice soothes mucous membranes
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Partial list, topical uses:
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.

    3. Cautions

    Use in moderation for pregnant or lactating dog or cat.
    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.

    4. Drug Interactions

    • Licorice may interfere with blood thinning drugs
    • Medications changed by the liver
    • Medications for high blood pressure
    • Diuretic drugs

    5. Dosing Guideline

      Body Weight

    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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