Chamomile is one of the most commonly used and safest of the herbal remedies for dogs. It has a considerable range of uses, with numerous helpful attributes.

Chamomile can be used as a tea and a tincture, and is really very versatile.

It can be found almost anywhere, like most popular herbal options.

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chamomile tea for dogsHow To Use Chamomile for Your Own Dog

  • One of the most useful purposes of chamomile is to calm the digestive system. In cases of indigestion, vomiting and gas, chamomile’s carminative properties can help soothe a nervous stomach. In these instances, a tincture or an infusion of cooled chamomile tea can be used.
  • You can also take the easy route and use tea bags if you prefer.  The tea should be brewed strong and you can add a little honey to help your dog digest it.  Because the tea should be on the strong side, the best recipe is to use four tea bags to one cup of boiling water.   tea bag for one cup of heated (boiled) water.  Make sure it has completely cooled before feeding.
  • Cooled tea can be used on irritated skin as a rinse. This is a particularly good idea in combating the effects of flea bites, minor infections and even allergies. The cooled tea has a soothing effect and can be applied directly to your dog’s coat. After application, simply allow your four-legged friend to drip dry. You can also add aloe vera juice or peppermint tea to increase the anti-itch properties.
  • Dosage: You have to use your own judgment here based on the size of your dog.  But, one tablespoon every two hours until your dog’s tummy is feeling better, is a good rule of thumb for most medium to large size dogs.  If your dog is tiny or extra large, then you may want to adjust accordingly.
  • Chamomile is particularly effective when it comes to upset stomachs (see dosage above) because of several medicinal properties, like a series of volatile oils and anti-spasmodic agents. These agents ease the spasms and the production of bile. It reduces inflammation along the intestinal tract, which makes it an ideal treatment option for inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Chamomile is also useful when it comes to worms. While many turn to strong anthelmintic herbs like wormwood, chamomile is an extremely valuable option. It is a non-toxic treatment that may not work as quickly, but it can be used over long periods of time and can combined with measures like wormwood. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for cutting down on side effects.
  • Chamomile has also been known to help in treating anxiety in dogs. It has been used by those with nervous dogs to help settle them down before bed.

using chamomile for dogsPrecaution

  • Chamomile is a relatively safe treatment option for dogs, but there are some uterine concerns. If your dog is pregnant, you should limit use of chamomile to its tea form. Tinctures are more potent and should be avoided in those instances, as chamomile can cause constriction of the uterus tissues.
  • Some animals are also allergic to chamomile and this should be considered. Sensitivity checks are helpful before use, especially if your pup has hay fever or any other allergies to plants. A small amount of chamomile on your dog’s skin should do the trick to determine any allergic reactions. Redness and other reactions should occur within a few hours if allergies are present.

Reasons to Use Chamomile for Your Own Pet

It is one of those herbal treatment options that’s versatile and helpful without having any serious safety concerns.

Dogs with anxiety and those with nervous stomachs can greatly benefit from cooled tea and tinctures, while its worm-fighting properties are also notable. It’s also worth a look for dogs with irritated skin.

A Little About Chamomile

It comes from the Asteraceae family, which is a large group of flowering plants commonly referred to as the daisy or aster. The name for chamomile actually comes from the Greek term for “earth apple.”

There are a few different types including the German variety which is the most common.

This is found all over Europe and Asia, but has been introduced in temperate regions in North America and Australia as well. In many places, it can grow near roads and in fields as weeds.

Roman chamomile is another common type. This is found in dry fields in Europe, North America and even Argentina. It flowers in June and July and can grow about eight to 12 inches above the ground with projecting yellow flowers.

The flowers of the chamomile plant bloom in the early to mid-summer and can grow to heights of anywhere from six to 24 inches.

Conclusion

So, as you can see, chamomile is not only one of the safest herbs you can use for your dog, but it can be used for many different health related issues as well.  Now, learn how to safely use Ginkgo Biloba for your dog.

References: Herbs for Pets by M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford, Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen

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  • Ellen Gomes
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    My dog was treared for a heat stroke last year. This summer got hot and stressed 2 days later came down with colitis. Took to ER and was Rx Flagel for colitis. He became sicker each day stopped flagel and started Chamomile tea seamed to help and changed to Holistic vet. Has had anxiety at nite for 2 nites up all nite tonite with diarrhea last poop had bright red blood. Gave him chamomile tea he is resting waiting to call vet when they open. Don’t think he ate wrong he is on limited ingredient venison &sweet potato diet by Natural Balance. All of a sudden diarrhea now blood. Has been fine since 1st of July.

    • janie
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      Hi Ellen:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your boy. During episodes of Colitis flareups, you can try feeding Pedialyte, baby food and plain yogurt which will help add healthy bacteria to the intestinal tract. Don’t feed from the floor if your dog is large.

      Since he has had diarrhea for awhile, I think it’s a good idea to see your holistic vet since his colitis is chronic. The fact that his stool is bright red is actually better than if it were dark black blood. His colitis can be caused by allergens of course, so you may want to look into another diet. In fact, try feeding more whole, natural foods Ellen and get rid of the kibble if you can. Include more fresh meat, eggs and soft cooked frozen green beans. Change it up for him. HOWEVER, don’t keep feeding any type of food, whether fresh or not, if it doesn’t agree with him.

      Two things you can consider for his colitis are Yucca which can help a lot. You read testimonials here.

      You should also include a multivitamin for her daily Ellen. Like us, he can benefit tremendously from a good multivitamin. We offer two here on our site. One is a powder and one is a tablet for dogs that easily eat anything and like treats.

      Remember, you should not feed your dog the same foods for life. You should change them and provide variety. You might want to look into The Honest Kitchen dog food or Dr. Harveys where you simply add warm water for a home cooked meal. They are pricey by very good foods. You could add that in addition to the dry food if you must feed dry. You might be able to purchase samples.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Eric Hines
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    Hi,
    My dog is nearing the end of his life and is having trouble sleeping though the night. He is restless all night, sometimes getting me up 3 to 4 times a night, most times he goes outside and pees but it is usually a very little amount. The vet thinks he may have cushings which would make him use the bathroom more often. He gets an Adequan shot once a week, 200 mg. Tramadol, 25 mg. Deramaxx, 400 mg. Gabapentin, Glucosamine, 425 mg. Denamarin, and fish oil daily. I was thinking that chamomile tea on his food at night might help him to relax at night and sleep a little better.
    Thanks

    • janie
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      Hi Eric:

      It breaks my heart to hear that your old boy is approaching his time to cross over. I’ve been there. I’ve also been where you are with the restlessness at night. Cushings is hard to diagnose and personally, I would have thought you would have seen the symptoms long before now.

      My thoughts are that it’s more of a cognitive issue. Many older dogs do this at night, especially when the lights go off, tv or radio is shut off, etc. Can I ask how he’s doing with using the Deramaxx, Gabapentin and Tramadol? All which are of course very hard on the liver. Most of what he is taking is for pain, correct? My recommendation to you is to take him to a Chiropractor in your area that works on animals. When the spine is corrected, this can be a huge help with nerve pain in animals, just like it is to people. I strongly recommend this. This may really help and could cut down on some of these drugs your old boy is currently taking.

      With regards to him getting up at night, the chamomile tea may help, but I honestly think you would be better off trying something like Senior Dog Formula that is designed for these types of issues.

      I hope this helps you Eric. Would you please stop back and let me know if you take him to a Chiropractor and how it worked for him? There are many other people here that can benefit from a quick note as to how it went.

      Janie

  • Mona
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    Hi, want to know what’s the other remedy for my dog’s cataract without bringing him to a vet? We are in a province area.

    • janie
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      Hi Mona:

      Not sure where Province area is, but if you have access to COLD PRESSED CASTOR OIL may help. Using an eye dropper, use one drop 1-2 times daily for several months.

      It’s been known to help those with cloudy eyes due to cataracts.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Ginny
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    I have shih zui that is 16 years old and is blind and dose not sleep good at night keep sending me a wake. Can chamomile tea help clam him down. He dose okay in the day sometimes he will wine as he likes to be on my lap and daughter’s then at night restless and will not sleep like he used to help did sleep in the bed with me now he will he does sleep on his own bed and for about hrs then he will wine then have to come out and put him on my lap then he is okay. I hope you can help out as I am not getting the sleep I need Ginny

    • janie
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      Hi Ginny:

      I’m sorry about your old boy. This is common with senior dogs. While chamomile may help a little, it’s not what I would recommend. His symptoms are common in dogs with Cognivitve Dysfunction. You can read my article on it here and see what I recommend for it.

      I hope this helps. Should you decide to follow my advice in the article, I would love to hear back from you with regards to how he is doing.

      Janie

  • Lori
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    I have a German shepherd with anxiety, he has chewed and ruined too many things in my home. I have tried many different remedies and someone told me to give him chamomile tea. He’s 80 pounds and I don’t know how much to give him

  • Jennier
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    I read your article about using chamomile to soothe the gastrointestinal tract in dogs and possibly use it as a wormer. I wondered if you could answer a couple of questions for me?

    We just got 2 puppies, labs. They are 9 weeks old. The people we got them from said they gave a wormer treatment a couple of weeks ago, and that they would need another. I ordered the wormer today, but it won’t be here for 5-7 days. They have been fine until today (we’ve had them for 3 days) when I noticed vomiting and diarrhea. I know there are other things that could cause this, and we will be making a vet appointment; until then, would they benefit from the chamomile tea treatment? How much would you give to your 9 week old puppy? I grow Roman Chamomile in my garden. It is not flowering yet, but is in it’s green leafy stage. Could the fresh herb be a better option than dried tea? How should a fresh herb chamomile be prepared?

    • janie
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      Hi Jennifer:

      First, only use chamomile that is pesticide free. Untouched by any yard or lawn chemicals.

      Pick some of your leaves and boil a mug full of water. Add about a tablespoon of the cut up leaves and cover the mug with a cloth to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and give a little every couple of hours. Their babies,so I would only give 1/4 teaspoon every 2 hours for 8 hours which would result in 1 teaspoon for each pup over the course of 8 hrs.

      Hope this makes sense. Good luck.

      Janie

  • Ca-9
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    How to help my boxer with DM? Trying to save money to by her a dog wheelchair, what else can I do to help her?

    • janie
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      Hi:

      I’m really sorry to hear about your dog and her spinal problems. If interested, we sell an entire kit for dogs with DM.

      You can read about here if you like.

      Janie

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