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5 Popular Herbal Remedies for Dogs

From tummy troubles to anxiety, herbal remedies are effective ways of treating a dog’s minor aches and pains. When administered correctly, herbal medicine is a great way to boost your dog’s health. Here are five proven herbal remedies that are safe for healing minor ailments in your precious pet.

Chamomile

These tiny flowers pack a powerful punch. Ingested as a tea or used as a compress, the compounds in chamomile are mild enough for dogs to ingest. Chamomile is used to cure mild eye irritations, calm anxiety and soothe upset stomachs.  

Basil

Dogs and pet parents alike love basil for its many healing properties. Basil is anti-viral, anti-microbial and may also help treat canine cancers. Whether your dog is dealing with arthritis or IBS, basil is an excellent herb to use for a variety of dog ailments.

Oregano

This non-toxic herb is full of antioxidants and flavonoids that help boost the immune system. Dried and sprinkled on food, oregano can have a calming effect on a dog’s digestive system. Oregano is known to relieve bloating, gas pains, diarrhea and calm nausea.

Calendula

Does your dog have sensitive skin? Calendula can help. This flowering plant is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, making it an effective treatment for a number of canine skin troubles. From hotspots to scrapes, calendula is a potent herb to keep in your dog’s first aid kit. Calendula can be found as an extract, which can then be used in a compress or in many creams intended for dog use. 

Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a vet-approved herb used to treat everything from a dog’s weepy eyes to bowel issues and parasitic infections. But be careful—goldenseal is a strong herb. Long term use should be avoided; over time, it may alter your dog’s intestinal flora and over-stimulate the liver.

Herbal remedies are great healing agents for dogs, but remember to always check with your vet first and always read labels carefully. When used correctly, these five dog-safe herbal remedies are sure to ease many of your dog’s health complaints.