Natural Pet Cures
Natural pet cures can save your pets needless trauma and save yourself expensive veterinary bills by using your herbal medicine chest. To start using healing pet herbs, try these common and safe remedies. Your furry friends will benefit.
Ear infections and ear mites:
Our 1st natural pet cure: Use garlic-mullein ear oil, 3 to 4 drops, 2 times daily. Dogs and cats have especially long ear channels, so it's good to massage the ears to get the oil to go down. Animals often like to have their ears massaged anyway, especially when they're having trouble with them. If your pet is sensitive to touch, and if the sensitivity persists, call your vet.
Eye infections or watery eyes:
Use a well-strained goldenseal tea as an eyewash. Be sure to buy cultivated golden- seal, as the wild populations have been seriously over harvested. Eyebright herb tea is an effective second natural cure for your pet.
Cuts and scratches:
Apply calendula salve, though be aware that animals are apt to lick it off - you may want to wrap the area with a cloth.
To prevent fleas from hopping on pets, you can make an herbal flea collar by dipping a string into a combination of essential oils containing eucalyptus, citronella, and sage and tying it around your pet's neck...Maybe you have these natural pet cures in your herb garden.
- Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin where they can be licked off and make your cat or dog sick. For troublesome areas, though, you can mix 20 drops of eucalyptus oil in 2 ounces of almond oil to apply directly. Work the blend well into the hair.
When your pet gets an infection, you can often help him heal quickly by giving low doses of echinacea tincture (five to ten drops, three to four times daily, for one week). In general, when using tinctures, adjust the dose for the animal's size - the label dosage is generally meant for a 150-pound human.
Make a mullein tea and put it in the water bowl or pour it over your pet's food.
Skin problems and hair loss:
Calendula salve is a good healer for skin problems, but give an internal blood-cleansing herb, such as red clover flowers or yellow dock root, at the same time. You can also make a tea of burdock root and sarsaparilla root for skin problems. Horsetail herb and nettle leaf tea are both used to prevent hair loss. You can also massage the skin with a few drops of rosemary oil diluted in almond oil.
Add calming teas or a few droppers full of a relaxing tincture like valerian, chamomile to your pets water dish. capsules and tablets are available if you can get pets to swallow them. Consider the calming effects of St. John's wort for pets. For a small dog, use about one-fourth to one-half teaspoonful of the liquid tincture added to water or food, one or two times daily. You AND your pet will be grateful for this natural cure!
Garlic is a good preventive for parasites. Chop it into your pet's food or use a powder. If you start this practice when your pets are young, they develop a taste for it. If prevention fails, and they actually get worms, garlic capsules may be used as a natural cure to get rid your pet of parasites.
Urinary tract infections:
You can use soothing urinary tract herbs that help reduce infection and strengthen tissue. Besides echinaea, which is a must for any infection, try some beneficial herbs that have a special affinity for the urinary tract like uva-ursi. If you have an herb garden, brew a little fresh yarrow or plantain leaves and add them to your pet's water.
Calculating correct herbal doses for animals
Initial dosages might have to be increased later to achieve the results you are looking for. An easy mistake is to think of dosing in terms of absolutes. Watch the animal being treated, understand the herbs you are using, and don't be afraid to change dosages if needed. If you need to increase a dosage, do so in 10% increments to a maximum of 50% above the starting dose. If the dosage needs to be decreased (if, for example the animal begins vomiting) cut the dose in half.
The following will work as a good starting point for the natural pet cures. Adjustments may need to be made based on the particular animal.
CATS: 1/8 to 1/4 the dose for an adult human.
DOGS: Correspond to adult human dose according to weight.
HORSE: 8 to 16 times the dose for an adult human.
GOATS: 2 - 2 1/2 times the dose for an adult human.
SHEEP: 1 1/2 to 2 times the dose for an adult human.
COW: 12 to 24 times the dose for an adult human.
SWINE: 1 to 3 times the dose for an adult human.
Animals usually require a dose 1 to 3 times a day.I usually give herbal treatments every day until the situation is "cured" to my satisfaction. Though, many people find herbal treatments more effective when used 5-7 days in a row ("on") and two days off, 5 days on, two days of, etc. You may want to experiment and see what works best for your particular situation.
The time it takes to see results from an herbal therapy varies greatly and is dependent on the nature of the herb, the animal, and the severity of the situation. Herbal therapy does not produce sudden suppression of mere symptoms as with chemical drugs (which often passes as a "cure"). Herbs can often cure (not suppress) in weeks, but it is all dependent on the individual case. If some results aren't seen after you have maintained the maximum dose for more than 7 days, it may be time to try another herb or consult your vet. How long to give the herbs depends on the specific animal and varies according to the disease being treated. Exactly how long to maintain an herbal therapy can only be determined through knowing your own particular animal.
These sites for natural human cures are also good for natural pet cures.
A special "thank you" to Miesse's Herbs & Healing Arts, Springfield, Ohio newsletter for this information on natural pet cures.