Quercetin - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats - Benefits, Interactions, Dosage


Quercetin for dogs and cats, a natural antihistamine
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In this article: 
  1. About Quercetin
  2. Health Benefits 
  3. Cautions
  4. Side Effects
  5. Drug Interactions
  6. Administration and Dosage

1.0 About Quercetin

What is Quercetin  
 
Quercetin sometimes called nature’s Benadryl, is a naturally occurring flavonoid found in many plants. Flavonoids (or bioflavonoids) are plant-pigments that play an essential role in attracting pollinators to plants. Flavonoids also offer a host of beneficial properties to humans, dogs, cats and other animals. Quercetin is:
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-viral
Quercetin rich foods and herbs for dogs
Examples of quercetin-rich fruit, vegetables and herbs:
  • Apples (fresh)
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries (dark)
  • Garlic (fresh)
  • Grapefruit (particularly white grapefruit) and grapefruit seed extract
  • Green tea
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Chamomile tea
  • Parsley
  • Summer squash
  • St. John’s Wort
Quercetin can be used in various forms:
Capsules
Drops
Pills
Powder
As quercetin can sometimes be difficult for the body to assimilate, taking Bromelain (pineapple derived digestive enzyme) with quercetin can add absorption.
  • Bromelain also works to inhibit histamine.
  • The ratio is: 1/4 to 1/3 the amount of bromelain to quercetin.

2.0 Quercetin Health Benefits

  A partial list:
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Asthma (an inflammatory disease)
    • Quercetin minimizes the degree of constriction that occurs as it moderates the constriction of bronchial tubes.
  • Environmental allergies
    • Dust and dust mites
    • Chemical-based cleaning products
    • Insect bites
    • Insect and parasite conventional preventatives
    • Grass and wild flower (weed) pollen
    • Trees and tree pollen
    • Mold, mushroom, fungus spores
  • Food Allergies
    • Quercetin’s anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties work together to turn-off histamine production and suppress or reduce inflammation and itching.
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries, (an inflammatory disease)
  • Blood Conditions
  • Cataracts
  • Cancer prevention
    • Breast cancer
    • Colon cancer
    • Endometrial cancer
    • Mast cell
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Prostate cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions and heart disease
  • Inflammation
  • Prostate pain and inflammation
  • Vascular (circulation) issues
  • Viral infections

3.0 Cautions

  • Very high doses can cause kidney damage.
  • Never exceed the daily recommended dose.
  • Do not give Quercetin to dog and cats with kidney disease.
  • Do not give to pregnant or lactating dogs and cats.

4.0 Side Effects

In some individuals can cause tingling in the limbs.

5.0 Drug Interactions

Some antibiotics for example:
  • Cyclosporin
  • Medications changed by the liver
  • Medications moved by pumps in cells 

6.0 Quercetin Administration and Dosage 

Administration

  1. Quercetin can be administered for up to 12 consecutive weeks at a time, after which you must take a break from use.
  2. Only use Quercetin for as long as absolutely required, you should not keep your dog or cat permanently on Quercetin.
Dosage by Body Weight
  1. Dog’s or Cat’s body weight (lbs) x 1000mg
  2. Divide the resulting number by 125
  3. The resulting number will be the mg daily dosage required
  4. Then split the daily dosage in half
  5. Administer the half dosage two times a day with food
 
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Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld.
 

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