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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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