Spring is a good time to think about cleaning and refreshing. Mother Nature is renewing and plants are sprouting new and perfect growth.
Over time toxins build up in our bodies and also in our dog’s body, so now is the time to think about cleansing them from the inside.
It is known for its ability to cleanse the skin and is also anti inflammatory, antibacterial and has antioxidant effects. The root contains cleansing constituents.
Skin conditions and dandruff respond well to burdock. It works on the excretory system by stimulating the release of toxins from the body, it cleanses the blood of impurities and then enables elimination of the toxins through the skin. It also speeds the healing of skin.
Burdock comes in many forms and is mainly taken internally via dried herbs and tinctures. If the skin is unbroken it could be used topically by soaking a cloth in the tincture or a tea.
PRECAUTIONS burdock may interact with medications for diabetes and should not be given to pregnant or nursing dogs.
A common plant and one I’m sure you have all been stung by!
This herb has been used to treat arthritis and allergies. The histamine in the plant works to decrease inflammation which help alleviate arthritis and allergies.
Nettle is used as dried herbs, extracts or tinctures. You can even pick the lovely fresh growth we have at the moment and dehydrate. Just remember to wear heavy duty gloves as the young growth really stings but once dehydrated they are fine.
PRECAUTIONS Nettles should not be given to pregnant dogs.
It is the seeds of this shrub like herb that contains a cleansing ability. They are contained in a husk which is taken internally and acts directly in the large intestine to absorb toxins. It can relieve constipation and diarrhoea. It is also extremely effective if your dog suffers from anal gland problems as when it contacts water it swells and sticks together to help move waste products through the intestines and out through the rectum expressing the anal glands on the way.
Psyllium husk comes in a dried form and can be sprinkled on to your dog’s food approx ¼ to 1 TSP depending on the size of your dog. If you feed a dried food you may wish to mix with water and then put on food and mix so it costs the food.
PRECAUTIONS it may interact with many drugs and maybe contraindicated for dogs with kidney disease.
This is a natural diuretic and helps kidneys excrete water and salt. It is also a good source of potassium. It also may improve liver, gallbladder and intestinal health.
Dandelion root can be used as a dried herbs or tincture. The leaves can be given raw or dried.
PRECAUTIONS because dandelion is a diuretic it may interfere with some drugs.
This is a popular herb and is an anti inflammatory and antioxidant. It helps prevent liver cell damage and encourages liver cells to create more bile, which in turn aids digestion and nutrient absorption.
Milk Thistle can be used in a dried herbs or tincture format.
PRECAUTIONS This herb may interact with some drugs and hormone related cancers. It also should not be given to pregnant or nursing dogs.