Treating pet maladies with herbs for dogs is a little easier than it is with some pets that are more carnivorous, such as cats. Dogs are omnivorous and their wild counterparts will often resort to eating plants and roots in a variety of forms. Most dog owners have also noted their pets’ ability to self-medicate with certain herbs and grasses. Thus, treating dogs medicinally with herbs is a self-evident answer to many common canine health problems.
When a human wants to take advantage of the medicinal properties in herbs, it is an easy matter of choosing between ingesting the raw herb or selecting from a variety of pill and tablet forms. With herbs for dogs, it is not that easy because the pet may not always recognize its need for the healing properties in certain herbs. Dog owners usually have to find ways to incorporate the required herbs into their pets’ diets. Those owners who have had sick pets may have inserted pills into pieces of food before feeding them to a dog. Often the same tactics are used when administering herbs.
While there are similarities between human and canine biology, not all herbal formulae that are concocted for humans are necessarily compatible with dogs. Dog owners should take precaution when purchasing off-the-shelf products for their pets. Many of these are simply formula based on human needs and will not necessarily have a beneficial effect on dogs.
Here is a list of some maladies and other conditions, which herbs may help to alleviate or even cure. Talk to veterinary specialists to determine how to approach dog illnesses and use medicines as well as herbs to treat them.
- Behavioral issues such as hyperactivity
- Chronic heart failure
- Hip Dysplasia
- Renal Failure