This page is an introduction to an ongoing series dedicated to the use of herbs for dogs.

As a huge believer that much of what we need to heal our body grows from the ground and not in a lab, this series will concentrate on the more natural applications of using plants and herbage for our canine friends.

The Benefits

Conventional wisdom can be hard to shake, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in taking unique approaches to issues like dog health. As we all know, conventional medicine for dogs usually includes some variety of suppression and invasive action.

This approach, much like the same approach in human beings, serves to handle the symptoms and discomfort of health concerns without digging deeper. The thrust of herbal medicine is to answer the “why” of certain illnesses.

At the core of the herbal approach is a holistic design on treating the totality of the patient, human or animal, and this means moving beyond treating the symptoms to understanding “the harmonious checks and balances.” Dogs have a need for continual nutrition in order to have the necessary building blocks of healthy, balanced, pain free living. Without these building blocks, the balance is off.

 Different Herbal Approaches

There are many different approaches when it comes to safe herbs for dogs. Different cultures bring different paths to wisdom to the table. For now, we’ll draw on three different approaches.

Ayurvedic Medicine

This style of medicine is generally associated with India and the Middle East. It focuses on metabolic body types, called doshas, and takes into account the entire constitution of an individual patient when designing healing approaches. Herbal treatments, dietary considerations and even meditation are all built in to the holistic approach.

Chinese Medicine

This approach is more than 7,000 years old and has a lot in common with Ayurvedic medicine. It treats the body as a series of channels or rivers of energy and deals in natural flow. Getting healthy through traditional Chinese medicine is a matter of getting rid of any blockages to the body’s natural flow or “life force” and restoring balance to the yin and yang. The yin and yang are opposites that cannot operate independently of one another.

Western Herbalism

Finally, the approach of Western herbalism takes its ingredients from European herbs and medicinal plants. This approach comes from a balance of other approaches and life philosophies, making use of the science and synergy of herbalism.

What to Know About Herbalism

Herbal remedies are remarkably easy to use, but there are some things you need to know before you embark on this path to healing.

For one thing, herbs are slower acting than other drugs. Many people are thrown off herbalism because the usual rapidity of conventional medicine is not present; the approach is more holistic and long-lasting in nature, which can exasperate our fast-and-ready culture.

Another thing to note is that there is an incredible wealth of knowledge and study on the subject. There is no easy or fast way to explain all the benefits of herbalism in one place, but cracking the shell is a good start Anything discussed in these articles is meant to serve as an introduction and as a way to get the ball rolling.

The field of herbs for dogs is an exciting and rich path. Along the way, we’ll explore the benefits and details of various herbs and holistic healing principles to get at the root of a more complete, loving approach to healing.

So, explore all my herbal library and discover how they can naturally help your dog live a long, healthy, happy life.

In the search bar, just type in the word “herbs” and my blog will bring back many articles on individual herbs for pain, healing, digestion, etc. and how you can use them.

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  • Tan Anthony

    My Name Is Anthony
    My email address is [email protected]
    I have a maltese suffering from cushing disease, and I would like to know more on the method mentioned in your treatment, regarding my maltese’s cushing disease, with a tumour, which vet, claimed has to be treated with liver medication.

    I would like to know, following your treatment philosophy, whether my dog will benefit from this plant extract treatment?, which my family is currently following.

    I understand that the benefits are not immediate, but I am lost in this field, as I love my maltese very much.

    Kindly advice.
    Thank You

  • Atul keshri

    My 3.5 old labrador develops hygroma. Which homeopathic medicine should I give.

    • yourolddog

      Where is the hygroma Atul? What part of the world do you live, since all options aren’t available globally?


  • Hawk aka BrownDog

    Hi Y’all!

    My Human likes to read about herbs. She learned to use them as a child with her horses. The old man who was the groomer taught her. As an adult she learned about seaweed for horses. She uses some herbs for me and is always looking for articles. So glad you keep putting up info on the various herbs.

    Y’all come on back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • janie knetzer

      Glad you like the articles Hawk! 🙂

  • anne gregory

    my pom has a speck on her brain and a cyst like substance in her spinal cord she has vertigo sometimes, she has had 2 mri scans but the vets have not been able to diagnose a definate answer i am interested in the yucca plant for her as she is on steroids and i am treating her at home with my magnetic field therapy machine . i wold like to get her of the steroids because of the side effects she also has garlic and live yoghurt she is now fairly stable . thank you

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Anne:

      So sorry about your little pom. Personally, I would recommend a good antioxidant formula for her that can help with her entire immune system. The one that I always recommend receives reviews from owners whose dogs have cancerous tumors, back problems, valley fever, warts, etc. and the testimonials are excellent. I recommend reading the reviews for yourself Anne. The steroids are most certainly depleting her immune system of the necessary fight she needs against her health issues.

      Yucca does offer many beneficial properties, but it’s typically recommended for its nutritional value in helping to absorb food. You can read more about it here. It must be used sparingly and in small doses ad the article recommends.


  • Kathy

    As always another great article. I enjoyed the one you did on the benefits of aloe as well. Thank you, and keep them coming.

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Kathy:
      Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoyed them!

      Janie 😮

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