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By April 19, 2012 Read More →

Gardening for Pets

  

Gardening for your pet is as easy as gardening for yourself; in fact many of the herbs and plants we grown in our gardens for ourselves are already beneficial to our pets.  This list is not all-inclusive; there are many herbs and plants out there that can have a beneficial effect on your pet’s health and well-being, from curing chronic issues to preventing illness.

It is important not to use any pesticides/chemicals on your plants as they can be toxic to our feline and canine friends.  If you must spray plants with pesticides/chemicals, make sure you wash the plants and herbs before giving them to your pet.

Aloe – Helps soothe cuts for dogs

Alfalfa Leaf – Contains a wide range of minerals and vitamins

Catnip – Cats love it, reduces stress and nervousness, can be turned into a bath to help soothe cat’s skin

Cat Thyme – Soothing for cats

Chamomile – Helps dogs sleep better; anti-anxiety; digestive aid

Calendula – Antibacterial properties

Dandelion (Roots and Leaves) – Diuretic, good for liver and kidney as it removes toxins; contains potassium

Echinacea or Purple Cone flower  – Immune system builder, used to treat fevers and wounds

Fennel (Seeds) – Helps expel intestinal parasites in dogs

 

Garlic (Bulb) – Provides same effects to pets as humans; helps regulate blood sugar and helps prevents illness

Goldenseal – Natural disinfectant on wounds

Ginger (Root) – Helps relieve nausea from travel sickness

Lavender – Removes a buildup of excess oil on greasy pets and a stress reliever

Parsley – Freshens stinky dog breath!

Mint (Leaves) – Prevents travel sickness, eases flatulence, insect repellent

Spinach – Superfood for pets

Valerian (Roots) – For Dogs as a treatment of insomnia and anxiety; for Cats acts as a Stimulant

 

Vervain (Leaves) – Calms anxious animals and strengthens immune system

Wheatgrass (Leaves) – A wide range of vitamins and minerals, body cleanser to support kidney and liver function

Many of these options are also available as a liquid herbal or pre-packaged, but the best option is to always grow them yourself!  If you happen to grow an abundance of herbs in the coming seasons, you can also store them for future use.  Herbs can be dried, frozen, or mixed with olive oil to preserve (olive oil is good for your pet also!).  For long-term storage of herbs, drying and storing them in airtight containers (vacuum-sealed glass jars or vacuum-sealed foil/metallic bags) works best, along with keeping them in an area that is low in moisture.

As for administering these herbs/plants to your pets, there are several options:

Crush them up and put them in their food, mixing with wet food; put them in peanut butter for dogs

Brew herbs into a tea, let it cool, then either put it in pet’s water or administer with a dropper

If you would like to read a comprehensive book on herbs and herbal remedies for Pets, here are several options:

All you Ever Wanted To Know About Herbs For Pets – Mary Wulff-Tilford

Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life – Mary L. Wulff

Natural Remedies for Dogs – Martin Zucker

Natural Remedies for Cats – Martin Zucker

Remember, a healthy, well-fed and stress-free pet is a happy one!



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  1. Kris Watson says:

    The picture of the puppy sleeping on the plants reminded me of my little Doxie ! Actually, she’s two and I ifnally broke her of the practice by planting marigolds intermittently!