Herbs forum: Herbs for animals

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Nov 18, 2015 11:38 AM CST
Does anyone use herbs to help their pets?
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Nov 18, 2015 1:07 PM CST
My dog is prone to urinary tract infections. After repeatedly spending $$ on vet bills, antibiotics and prescription dog food I did a lot of research and came up with a tea that I mix into her dry kibble (a good quality no-grain variety). Crossing fingers, but so far we've gone quite a long spell without a recurring infection. Here is what I came up with, not always exactly measured, and sometimes I add other herb that are diuretic. Make into a tea - less for when she is doing well, stronger when she starts showing signs (rubbing or chewing on her rump). What I don't grow/dry myself I buy in bulk from my local co-op. It is very inexpensive (another bonus).

1 part uva ursa, marshmallow root, dandelion root
2 part nettle, chickweed, parsley, echinachea

I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Nov 19, 2015 5:12 PM CST
I have made pennyroyal pillows for the areas,cage / house ,that animals lay to deter fleas.

and of course the cats love fresh catnip.

my dog sometimes chews the chives in the garden , I have read onion/garlic not good for dogs but she does it only sometimes.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Sean B Murray
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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Whitebeard
Nov 19, 2015 5:18 PM CST
My cat is crazy for wheatgrass. However as research will reveal the pros and cons of it for cats are debated. Nonetheless, a small patch of it is super easy to grow and serves as a nice treat.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Nov 19, 2015 5:57 PM CST
I use a blend of nettle, burdock , root, goldenrod and wild blueberry leaves in a jerky to help my older dog with his eyes and itchy skin. He only gets this once a month.
When I started giving him this jerky he was having trouble seeing due to cataracts. He's able to see better and has more energy
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Nov 19, 2015 7:39 PM CST
sounds eatable Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Nov 19, 2015 9:01 PM CST
Lol it is but my dogs frown on anyone eating their treat
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 22, 2015 2:43 PM CST
Mindy, how do you make your jerky? My dog is always itchy in late summer / early fall. I've taken her to the vet more than once, no sign of fleas. The only thing they come up with is perhaps an allergy of some sort but I'm not interested in trying to pin that one down (could be anything). I end up just giving her benedryl when she is distressed, but would be interested in trying an herbal solution.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
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Mindy03
Nov 22, 2015 2:57 PM CST
First I blend the herbs to a powder because any chunky bits get spit out. Then I add a tablespoon to ground meat. Any meat will do as long as it's groun Smokey prefers chicken or turkey.
Then I use a jerky gun to make strios and dehydrate them until dried.
The goldenrod in my blend is for his allergy the nettle and burdock are for overall benefits and the wild blueberry leaves are for his eyes.
If you want I can list other herbs that help with allergies
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 22, 2015 10:51 PM CST
Thanks! I think I'll try adding Frankie's UTI herbs as well as the ones you suggest. I don't have a jerky gun but assume I can just spread thin and dehydrate in the oven on low low.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
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Mindy03
Nov 23, 2015 3:04 AM CST
Yes you can. Thickness should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
If you have a cookie press that would work too.

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