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Good morning!

Today, I’m broaching the topic of animal herbalism, and sharing a little of what I’ve learned on the subject over the course of my research. Anyone who has a relationship with a pet or familiar knows, they’re not just animals– they are family. Finding natural herbal solutions to things like illnesses, nutritional deficiencies, skin problems and the like does not only apply to humans, but can benefit our pets and familiars as well!

I’ve grown up surrounded by animals my entire life, with pets ranging from horses to bunnies, cats to dogs, and chickens to cows. While this list below is mainly covering the more common household pets and furry friends, I encourage you to do some research if you have a different animal not covered in this post, and see what kind of herbs will help support its health! I’m a firm believer that everything we need to live a happy, healthy life can be found in our natural world, and that certainty extends to our animal friends as well. Take a look at the list below for a few animal-friendly herbs to get you started!

 

Herb

Pets + Familiars

Uses

Alfalfa (dried) Dogs Daily protein supplement:

¼ teaspoon (small dogs)

½ teaspoon (medium dogs)

1 teaspoon (large dogs)

Echinacea (powdered + fresh stems and leaves) Cats, rabbits Itch relief for inflamed areas:

Cats– 1 pinch daily on the spot or ¼ teaspoon daily in food
Immune support:

Rabbits– a few fresh stems and leaves on top of daily food serving weekly

Calendula (ointment, oil or tea) Dogs, cats (for use on cat’s face only, cannot be ingested) Rashes, insect bites, eczema and sunburn:

1 topical application daily until healed
Infected wounds + drained abscesses:

1 local application of tea or tincture (not ointment) daily until healed
Fungal infections:

1 application of Oregon grape, licorice root and calendula tincture daily

Goldenseal (cooled tea) Cats Wound cleanser + itch relief:

1 local application daily

Licorice root (low-alcohol tincture) Dogs, cats Arthritis:

1 drop of tincture per every 5 lbs, twice daily in food

Chamomile (tea, fresh herb + glycerin-based tincture) Dogs, rabbits, cats Gentle sedative for nerves:

Dogs– ¼ tsp tincture per 30 lbs. every 2-3 hours

Rabbits– 2-3 stems of fresh chamomile when needed

Cats– ½ tsp tea made from dried chamomile

 

I hope you found this list helpful, and that it perhaps inspires you to do some more research on the topic! I’m always looking for more ways to bring herbalism into my everyday life, and using it to take care of our beloved furry friends is a fantastic way to do so. If you have any experience with using the herbs listed above, or any others, with your pets and animals, please leave a comment below and let us know! Learning is truly most rewarding when it’s a community effort.

Warm wishes and wisteria,

Katharine