The many benefits of using Astragalus for your dog are truly endless.

The primary medicinal applications of astragalus include as an anti-inflammatory, as a hypotensive to lower blood pressure, as a blood cleanser, and as a hypothyroid to mildly depress functioning of the thyroid.

It is also generally used to boost resistance in dogs due to its high antioxidant components.

What & When to Use it

The mature roots of Astragalus are used in treatment options as infusions or tinctures. There are many commercial options of the Chinese supplement available as well.

  • astragulus 10 for dogsOne of the primary (and most popular) uses of astragalus is it’s ability to greatly improve immunity including respiratory system, spleen, liver, kidney and circulatory health.
  • Stimulates T-cell activity and raises white blood cell counts, boosting the body’s defenses against disease and illness by improving the function of the liver.
  • Astragalus strengthens kidney function and is highly recommended.  Considered a favorite treatment in early states of infection, kidney disease or renal failure.
  • Also recommended for dogs with cancer.
  • Astragalus has been used in some applications to boost energy levels in debilitated dogs and human beings, which is a big plus for those taking on serious diseases such as cancer and looking for a way to formulate some functional balance. Astragalus can be used to help regulate the body’s levels and help alleviate stress put on the system by disease.

safely using astragalus for dogs

Dosage

Seven Forests Astragulus 10 is considered top of the line by most Chinese Herb Practitioners.  See the guide below.  Depending on the severity of the disease, give your dog the recommended dosage 2-3 times daily.

  • Dogs weighing under 25 pounds: 1/2 – 1 tablet
  • Dogs 25-50 pounds: 1-2 tablets
  • Dogs over 50 pounds: 2-3 tablets

Preventative Measures

Using astragalus is generally considered quite safe, but some species of it are toxic to grazing animals. Roots, powders and preparations should only be purchased from reputable dealers like Seven Forests! Astragalus is considered a category 1 herb which means it is a safe “food” herb.

There is also a concern over selenium in some soils, as a higher concentration of it can be found in some soils where astragalus grows. If you plan on planting your own astragalus, it’s best to have your soil testing for selenium before you get started.

While many say to avoid this herb for auto immune disorders such as hypothyroidism or diabetes; it’s believed that it may help hyperthyroidism.  For hypothyroidism and diabetes, a safe alternative in this case may be Red Ginseng.  Read the comments below for dosage for the red ginseng.

Reasons to Use

Obviously the most popular reason to use astragalus is as an immune booster. It is available in most health food stores and can be rather easy to grow on your own if you’re into that sort of thing.

For those interested in the easier path to health, there are quite a few immune boosting products on the market that include a healthy dose of astragalus for dogs, but the best option is using a product like the one I mentioned earlier.

how to use astragalus root for dogsAstragalus History

Astragalus is actually a member of the pea family with divided leaves and small flowers and pods. The herb has been cultivated throughout much of the world, but it originated in China.

In that it has been used for thousands of years as a piece of traditional Chinese medicine, its commercial value is considerable and it has been marketed heavily in combination with other herbs.  It is a perennial that blooms from spring to the early summer.

As mentioned above, mature roots, at least three years old or older, are the parts of Astragalus used in medicinal applications that are an excellent addition to your dog’s regimen.

References: Herbs for Pets by M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford, Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen, Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, Veterinary Herbal Medicine by Mary Wynn, DVM

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  • Gill
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    I’ve been recommended Astragalus for my young Great Dane bitch who has skin allergy problems, I intend to breed her next year and wondered if this product was safe to give to pregnant bitches as I’ve been told peas and lentils should be avoided?

    • janie
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      Hi Gill:

      I wish I could answer this for you, but quite honestly, I’m not sure.

      Janie

  • Sharon nichols
    Reply

    Hello, we have a westie…she’s 10 yrs old and has allergies…. plus this last year we found out she has dry eye! I am starting her on this herb as it comes very well reckoned! Hope u agree!!

    • janie
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      Hi Sharon:

      So sorry to hear about your little old girl. With regards to the dry eye, I highly recommend Ocu Glo. It is very in antioxidants for the eyes and a product that we often recommend for diabetic dogs. You can learn more here.

      Look to build her immune system Sharon. The Daily Multi formula is excellent for that. You can read about that here.

      Take care and I hope you find this helpful. I also hope your little one does well.

      Warm regards,
      Janie

  • finthehoooman
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    Umm my puppies got canine distemper virus (CDV) two died already and the other three are fighting no signs of of the virus going neurological yet (twitching etc.) so far vitamin c and vitamin b helped them since I red a lot of articles stating that vitamin c helps improve the immune sytem and
    Varius types of vitamin B support the nerves. I also red an article stating that Atragalus can help improve immune system is helpful with pupps with CDV, how much dose should I give ? I bought some but aint sure how much mg or g I should give them.

    • Bev
      Reply

      Sorry about your pups. have you considered Black Seed Oil? it is $19 on Amazon and they will refund you if you don’t like it and you keep it. It is thousands of years old. Give 1/8 t to small dogs. I have a dog in Cushings now with yeast infection. Antibiotics ruin your dog’s gut. Stay with herbs. There are videos on youtube that say CDV can be treated.

  • Kayla
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    Hello, my name is Kayla and I have a 3 year old rescue name Rico who is a pitbull mix. He is my entire WORLD, and I worry because I do not know his family history, that there is a chance of bad genes. I am looking to do preventative maintenance. He eats Canidae, and raw twice a week. I am looking to switch his diet, I just tried to switch him to Orijen, but his stomach was upset for days after, and as soon as I switched him back, he went back to normal. He is fully grain free and I avoid any ingredients that I can’t read (lol). I am a college student so my fund are short, but I am willing to do anything to keep him the happiest, healthiest boy possible. What do you suggest?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Kayla:

      Nice job rescuing…. 🙂

      I would remove him from kibble period Kayla. This should be a big part of your preventative maintenance program to help with kidney and liver issues down the road. I would stick with dehydrated and raw.

      One food that I like and is very economical, and helpful to a student like yourself is this one from ONP. It comes in 3 different formulas including Fish, Red Meat and Poultry. Excellent price and it works well with any digestive issues that cause soft stool, etc. Here’s a link for the food: Only Natural Pet Food

      Last, I would definitely place your boy on a good multivitamin. Call me bias, but ours truly is the best on the market. We actually offer two though. Ours in powder and also NUVET which we share the link to their site where you make the purchase. I’ll share the links for both below. This will be a big help for general maintenance:

      Daily Multi
      Nuvet

      Either is a good choice Kayla.

      I hope this helps you and your boy.

      Janie

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