Herbal Remedies

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Using Herbs for Dogs is a helpful part of a holistic regimen that focuses on bringing an animal’s body back into balance. Herbal remedies can be used to alleviate symptoms, support weak organ systems or provide nutritious vitamins and minerals. Although herbs can be used in a reactionary manner similar to a Western Allopathic Medicine approach, e,g., to quell certain symptoms, herbal remedies for pets are better used in a holistic fashion. This means that herbs can be used to support weak areas in your dog’s constitution that need support to regain balance and proper function.

For instance, if you have a dog that experiences flatulence after eating you may focus on peppermint, Mentha piperita, for its ability to act as a carminative and eliminate excess gas. This would be looking at things in an allopathic fashion, using a medication (an herb in this instance) to eliminate symptoms. However, the best way to look at this situation would be to ask what could be causing the gas, because just to eliminate the flatulence does not get rid of the underlying problem.

A common cause of flatulence is incomplete or poor digestion. So, in this case it could be a few of things; one would be a lack of gastric secretions, such as hydrochloric acid; a lack of digestive enzyme secretions or a food sensitivity. So, instead of rushing to use an herb, or worse yet, hurrying off to the veterinarian for some medication, the best course of action would be to first try a dog food with a different protein and carbohydrate source. This would help to eliminate the possibility of a sensitivity to the pet food you have been feeding. It would also be helpful to switch to a raw food diet, if not feeding one already, because they are much easier for your dog to digest. A plant-based enzyme would also be helpful in this situation to aid your dog’s digestion.

You may be wondering how to use herbs for your dog in this instance. Well, after trying what was mentioned in the previous paragraph, if the symptoms such as gas and burping persisted, you could try a bitter tonic herbal remedy before each meal. In keeping with what was discussed earlier, you would want to try to support a weak organ system within your dog’s body. In this instance it would appear that your dog may have weak digestive secretions. What a bitter tonic will do is to strengthen digestion by firing up the digestive tract by promoting gastric, intestinal and gall bladder secretions. Whenever there is a flare up in the future, and your dog looks uncomfortable, now would be the time to use an herbal remedy with peppermint to help alleviate your canine’s discomfort.

I hope I have helped you get an idea as to the best way to use herbs for dogs, and that is in a supportive, holistic fashion, not as a stand alone panacea. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have concerning herbal remedies for pets, we will be happy to assist you further!

Animals Apawthecary Senior Blend is a Herbal Holistic Tonic for Senior Pet Support. Animals Apawthecary Senior Blend is formulated to strengthen functions in the nervous, digestive, circulatory and immune systems of older dogs and cats. Senior Blend is often used as a tonic in animals with diminished kidney function.


Animals Apawthecary Tranquility Blend is a Herbal Holistic Treatment for Pet Anxiety. Used to safely calm dogs, cats, and other animals during acute episodes of anxiety, such as those encountered during car trips, thunderstorms, visits to the groomer, etc, without diminishing alertness. Alcohol free.


Our Antimicrobial Formula is the ultimate herbal blend for boosting your dog or cat's immune system and assisting their body with eliminating pathogenic organisms. Formulated using organic herbs, this blend supports the body's own immune response against Giardia, Salmonella and other bacteria, fungi and viruses that are common causes of diarrhea and other illnesses in our pets.


Buck Mountain Botanicals Bugleweed contains bugleweed extract and can be useful for animals with mild hyperthyroid conditions. Studies have shown that bugleweed slows the release of the hormone thyroxine from the thyroid gland making it useful for hyperactive conditions.

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Buck Mountain Botanicals Lepsilyte is formulated from organic extracts of skullcap and valerian that together can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. For centuries herbalists have recognized skullcap and valerian for their gentle sedative and antispasmodic properties.

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Buck Mountain Botanicals Organic Astragalus is one of the best known and most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine. Astragalus is known as a versatile herb because of its immune strengthening qualities and ability to help an animal's body adapt to stress.

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Buck Mountain Botanicals Organic Black Walnut Hull is one of the most effective and safest worming agents provided by the plant world. The active constituent Juglone makes Black Walnut effective against a variety of intestinal worms including tapeworms, externally for ringworm and success with heartworm (under the guidance of a Holistic veterinarian) has been reported.


Buck Mountain Botanicals Organic Grindelia is well known among Western herbalists for its usefulness as a respiratory herb. Grindelia is composed of substances that act as expectorants and reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract making dry, hacking coughs more productive while assisting with symptoms of asthma and kennel cough.

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