Herb Basics: Herbs for Pets

Pet health tips: Nutritional herbs for your pet

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Christopher Hobbs

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Many herbs can be used as nutritional adjuncts to a healthy diet. Here is a simple dried formula that can be used for most dogs, cats, and other animals. While this mixture may not fill all of a pet’s nutritional needs, it will complement his or her diet with foodlike concentrations of protein, vitamin C, B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

General Herbal Dietary Adjunct

Combine equal parts of the following:

  • Spirulina
  • Nettle (Urtica dioica)
  • Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
  • Powdered flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)
  1. Mix all of the ingredients and store the mixture in a glass jar.
  2. This formula can be fed at the rate of 1 teaspoon per pound of food given daily (½ teaspoon per pound of food for cats), as an adjunct to a natural diet.

Source: Wulff-Tilford, Mary L. and Gregory L. Tilford. Herbs for Pets. Irvine, California: BowTie, 1999.