Herbs are often used as natural remedies for ailments in people but they can also be used on our animal friends. Here are some safe herbs for pets.
Natural pet care is something that an increasing number of pet owners are considering. With food and snack recalls happening more often, pet owners are concerned that even trusted brands may cause harm to their pets. If this sounds like your situation, then there may be some safe herbal options available to you for natural pet care. Here are some of the most common issues pet owners have when considering natural pet care and the safe herbs for pets that will help.
Safe herbs for natural pet care
Lavender is not only a natural cure for many human ailments, it also works for pets. One of the primary ways to use it is with pets that are anxious, have separation anxiety, or need to remain calm after a surgery such as spaying or neutering.
The easiest way to deliver lavender to your pet, and also the safest way, is to diffuse it in an oil infuser. If you choose to use lavender in a diffuser, make sure the oil is pure essential oil and is not mixed with carrier oils or other bases.
You can also use a lavender lotion to help with scrapes or inflammation. If you need to use it in this way, make sure you are using it topically only. Though lavender is safe for pets, it can be an issue when giving it orally since dosage is mostly a best guess situation.
Aloe is safe for pets when it comes to burns, scrapes, dry skin, or other skin irritation. You will need to place the aloe directly from the plant to the infected area or by way of an organic aloe gel.
If you are using the direct from the plant method, you will need to take a small piece of the aloe plant, crush it a bit, and release the natural juice of the plant. Then simply rub the juices of the plant onto the area. You can keep the unused portion in the refrigerator for later use if necessary.
You can also grow aloe in your home throughout the year to keep it on hand and easily accessible.
Ginger is something that can be used in foods and treats to help your pet with upset stomach issues.
The trick to using ginger as a natural form of pet care is to use it in small doses and alongside something else. For example, you can use ground ginger in small doses within something like oatmeal treats. Oatmeal, peanut butter, and ginger powder can give an extra dose of protein while delivering the ginger your pet needs to soothe their stomachs.
These are only a few of the safe herbs for pets available to you. Most of the herbs that are safe for humans and children are also mild and effective enough for pets as well. Remember, for stronger herbs and remedies use a carrier oil on topical solutions and a nut butter like peanut for oral delivery.