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.
  • 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.

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 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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  • Krystalyn
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    My dog started having seizures out of no where last night. They are persistant and havent eased up. She hasnt gotten a hold of any chemicals or been around them. Shes never had them before and is still young. The vet gave her valium to help her but I dont have $400 to run tests on her. What else can I do to help her? Will chamomile tea help to ease the seizures?

    • janie
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      Did you vaccinate her within the last 6 months and how often do you vaccinate? What do you feed her? Any supplements? Do you use chemical flea and tick products and heartworm on her? You will still have to spend money on her for supplements on her to get her under control hopefully.

  • Paula
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    Hi Janie, our 7 year old mini poodle has had one or two seizures for the last several years. Recently she had a cluster of 3 focal seizures. Her vet put her on Zonisamide 25mg twice a day. After 4 doses she began to vomit and have diarrhea. We stopped the Med and the vomiting stopped with a bland diet. Her diarrhea continued for 4 days after being on omxycillin and probiotics. Now the vet wants to try the Zonisamide again. I would rather try something herbal for her seizures. Do you think chamomile would help?

    • janie
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      Hi Paula:

      So many dogs with seizures now. Do you use chemical flea and tick products on her? Do you vaccinate? If so, how often and for what?

      What do you feed your mini poodle on a regular basis? These questions are important because they are all intertwined with seizures.

      She needs more than chamomile. I’ll send this message to your private email as well.

      I’m sorry to hear about your mini poodle Paula.

      Janie

    • janie
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      Hi Paula:
      I sent you a private email.

      Janie

  • Melanie
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    Best thing to do is purchase a tea product that is made for dogs specifically so you can be on the safe side. I’ve been using Buster’s Brew bone broth tea for pets and my dogs love it.

  • Talia
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    Hi, my dog is that least 17.. He has kidney disease and is on hills kidney food. I have been making him egg whites and boiled sweet potatoes and carrots but lately he doesn’t seem to want that anymore. He often doesn’t want his kidney food in the morning.. He turns his nose up to it.. But mostly will eat later in the day.. Or night time when he gets over his bad mood.

    I am giving him Osteosupport tablets..

    He has had two bouts of diarrhoea with blood in the past two months.. And the vet put him on antibiotics for it..

    He is difficult to walk during the day these days.. Lacking motivation. He can walk and run in the house if he wants to.. After food .. But he seems fine at night.

    I managed to motivate him for about two months coaxing him with food during our daytime walk and he was right next to me.. But that has worn off again and he is now very hard to walk.. Just wants to stand there instead. How can I get him to be motivated to walk again please?

    He other question I have is.. Is peppermint tea or chamomile tea safe to give him if he doesn’t want to eat if he maybe has nausea with his bad kidneys? Or is that dangerous and also may give him the runs?

    Thanks.

    • janie
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      Hi Talia:

      Do you know what stage of renal failure he is in?

      Janie

  • Whitney
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    I have a Akita/German shepherd cross and he is 1 years old. However, when ever we are in the car he pants like crazy and seems very hyper. Also when we leave him alone he likes to chew things. I know it’s anxiety but he has ruined things and I wasn’t sure if I should try out chamomile tea

    • janie
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      Hi Whitney:

      I’m sorry for the delay. I actually would recommend Valerian Root vs the Chamomile. Valerian Root is a natural sedative and a safe choice to help calm your big boy. I would definitely purchase an Anxiety Wrap or Coat to in conjunction with the Valerian. Both together should make a difference.

      Here’s a few options with regards to the anxiety wraps. I would read the reviews and see which one would work best for your large boy. Anxiety Wraps & Reviews

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

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