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Nerve Tonic for Dogs and Cats

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Nerve Tonic for dogs and cats supports the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and regeneration of damaged nerve tissue*. This nerve healing remedy is an all-natural, alcohol-free herbal tincture that offers support for debilitating nervous system conditions. It is formulated by a certified Master Herbalist using USDA organic herbs and we believe there is no finer formula available to help with situations in which nerve tissue has been damaged through injury or by the immune system as is the case with degenerative nerve conditions like degenerative myelopathy. Our Nerve Tonic can also be a very helpful herbal remedy for conditions associated with aging or nutrient deficiencies like cerebral insufficiency (canine cognitive disorder).

Nerve Tonic contains a neuroregenerative herb called St. John's wort; nerve tonics like skullcap, oatstraw and gotu kola that have a strengthening and tonifying effect on the nervous system; circulatory tonics like ginkgo biloba and cayenne that help bring vital blood flow with oxygen and nutrients to nerve tissue along with ginger root that helps to reduce inflammation caused by tissue damage.

5 Benefits of Nerve Tonic for Dogs and Cats

The herbs found in Nerve Tonic have been selected by a Master Herbalist specializing in medical herbalism for animals. When combined together their ability to promote the repair of damaged nerve tissue, protect healthy nerve tissue, improve circulation and promote a healthy mood can improve the health of a dog or cat suffering with damaged or declining nerve function related to a variety of disorders.

Myelin Sheath is the yellow covering on the nerve cell (neuron)

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Neuroprotective Activity

The herb St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been shown in studies to have a beneficial effect on the central nervous system. The CNS is very sensitive to oxidative stress, and it is this sensitivity that plays an important role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Constituents found in Hypericum, especially the antioxidant flavonoid compounds, have been found to offer protection against aging, neurodegenerative disease and other loss of function related to the destruction of neurons (1).

Promotes Better Mood

Again, the herb St. John’s Wort is of benefit here. This herb has been shown in studies to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate depression more than a placebo and similar to prescription antidepressants (2).

St. John's Wort's tested and proven effects on mild to moderate depression appear to be related to the constituent hypericin believed to work as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. Though, other constituents may also cause this herb to act as a weak serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (3).

Overall, the demonstrated efficacy of this herb in treating depression is likely due to the synergistic effects provided by the components of the whole herb (as we provide in the Nerve Tonic formula), working on the central nervous system (4).

Supports an Animal with Nerve Pain

Nerve Tonic can help your dog or cat with nerve pain such as neuralgia, spinal nerve pain etc... due to the inclusion of herbal nervines that can help to restore and nourish the nervous system. St. John's Wort (5),(6) and other nervine herbs such as oatstraw and skullcap (7) have shown they can be safe, natural alternatives for a dog or cat with neuralgia.

Promotes Circulation

Another fact taken into consideration when formulating Nerve Tonic for your dog or cat, is that circulation is a very important factor for animals with nervous system or neuromuscular conditions.

For circulation in this formula ginkgo leaf, ginger and cayenne are used to very good effect to bring oxygen and nutrients to peripheral nerves and muscles. Ginkgo’s ability to act as a natural vasodilator to increase blood flow to various parts of the body is well known and can help prevent stokes and cardiovascular disease (8),(9),(10).

Ginger root is well known for its ability to increase circulation to the extremities. This is of great benefit to dogs and cats with neurological difficulties as this will circulate ginger's antioxidant activity to help increase cognitive function and reduce inflammation in related blood vessels (11),(12).

Lastly, cayenne is another circulatory tonic that helps to bring nutrients to peripheral nerves and muscles. It does this by acting as a vasodilator to allow blood to flow more easily through your pet's system by relaxing the tiny muscles found in blood vessel walls (13).

Provides You with the Highest Quality Herbal Supplement to Support a Dog and Cat's  Neuromuscular System

Organic Herbs

Our formula contains certified USDA organic herbs. Research shows organic herbs have higher amounts of important nutrients as opposed to conventionally raised plants. Organic farming methods are also better for the environment and of course do not have the levels of residual pesticides that conventionally grown herbs can have.

We also do not use wild crafted herbs in our formulas as this practice can damage wild populations of herbs and you do not necessarily know where the herbs are coming from or how they've been grown. Instead, we prefer to be on the safe side and only obtain herbs from USDA certified organic farms.

Natural Ingredients

Natural ingredients are going to be gentler on your animal's body when compared to synthetic chemical ingredients or medications. The proper natural constituents are able to provide the body with what it needs to heal and get better. This is in direct contrast to synthetic ingredients or medications that can be especially hard on the liver and kidneys.

Medications are also designed to have a symptom suppressing action in line with the principles of allopathic medicine which is to create a diagnoses and then use drugs to suppress symptoms. Using this course of action can never result in true healing and is not really meant to.

Alcohol-Free Tincture with ORGANIC Vegetable Glycerin for Animals

Our blend is formulated by a special process using low heat and organic vegetable glycerin. Tinctures are concentrated forms of a plant's constituents that are readily absorbed and utilized by your pet's body. Because your pet may not like the taste of alcohol, we use vegetable glycerin which gives our tinctures a sweet taste your animals will like.

Vegetable glycerin is a carbohydrate but is metabolized differently than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. It is also an efficient menstruum which extracts valuable constituents from plants and makes them readily available to the body. In addition, we take the extra time and effort to use a low heat process that extracts many more constituents than just soaking in glycerin alone as is done by most other herbal companies.

And, of course, the use of organic vegetable glycerin ensures your pet avoids genetically modified ingredients and herbicides in their natural medicine.

Uses only Human Grade Ingredients

Our products are manufactured using human grade ingredients. In the pet industry this is far from the rule as many companies use pet quality ingredients, those considered "not fit for human consumption".

Uses Fresh, High Quality Ingredients

We purchase our ingredients from some of the most highly regarded companies in their respective fields so you and your animals are ensured the finest quality supplements. In addition, we purchase in small quantities to make sure the products we provide to you are fresh and bursting with important nutrients. This is in direct contrast to many other products on the market that can spend a year or longer sitting in non-climate controlled warehouses before they even get to you.

How Can Our Nerve Tonic Help Your Dog or Cat with Nerve Injury or Disease?

This herbal formula provides a highly researched blend of herbs that work synergistically together to help reduce nerve pain, protect nerves from oxidative damage and promote the regrowth of damaged nerves. However, the primary herb we will focus on is St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Studies have shown that this herb contains neuroprotective agents that can protect brain and nervous system health. Research studies show that this herb can inhibit nerve injury (14), prevent inflammatory and oxidative damage to the brain (15), and provide beneficial activity in neurodegenerative disorders (16).

Studies have indicated that the active constituents hypericin and hyperforin are responsible for the beneficial action of this herb, however the single constituent responsible for the activity remains unknown. That is why the "whole extract" should be used as is found in our Nerve Tonic formula.

How Can Our Nerve Tonic Benefit Your Aging Dog or Cat?

As mentioned previously, all the herbs in this formula work together synergistically, and this can benefit your aging animal tremendously. However, the herb we will focus on for this discussion is cayenne (Capsicum annuum). Cayenne pepper is a spice with which we are all familiar. Among its abundant constituents is the active constituent capsaicin, that is believed to provide much of its beneficial activity. This herb is a very useful circulatory stimulant. An aging animal can greatly benefit from increased circulation because it helps to deliver blood, with oxygen and nutrients, throughout the body.

This can benefit animals with degenerative nerve conditions by delivering nutrients to the brain and extremities, with digestive disorders by promoting the secretion of digestive juices, with constipation by promoting intestinal peristalsis, and in animals with general debility by increasing body heat and overall vitality. By helping to clean and dilate blood vessels, cayenne can help to lower bad LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure (17) and prevent blood clots helping to improve cardiovascular health.


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Active Ingredients per ml
A proprietary blend of USDA ORGANIC extracts (1:5)...250mg

St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba), Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Oatstraw (Avena sativa), Skullcap herb (Scutellaria lateriflora), Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and Cayenne (Capsicum anuum).

Inactive Ingredients: ORGANIC vegetable Glycerin USP, Distilled water

About the Organic Herbs in this Formula

St. John's Wort for Dog Nerve Repair

St. John's wort herb - Contains constituents such as phytosterols and flavonoids that help speed healing of damaged nerve tissue. Highly recommended in cases of nerve damage that occurs with burns, neuralgia, trauma and degenerative conditions.

Ginkgo Leaf for Dog Brain Health

Ginkgo leaf - Is a blood vessel and circulatory tonic that helps to increase blood flow throughout the body that will help supply important nutrients and oxygen to nerve tissue.

Ginger Root for Dog Circulation

Ginger root - An anti-inflammatory herb that can help reduce inflammation that produces free radicals and a cycle of continued damage to nerve tissue.

Oatstraw for Dog Nervous System Support

Oatstraw - Among the best of the nervous system tonics with mucilaginous properties that make it useful for damage to the myelin sheath.

Skullcap for Dog Nervous System Support

Skullcap herb - Another nervous system tonic that works well with oatstraw to support and strengthen nerve tissue.

Gotu Kola for Dog Nervous System Support

Gotu kola herb - A wonderful nervous system tonic that helps to nourish the brain.

Cayenne for Dog Circulation

Cayenne - A circulatory tonic that helps improve blood flow that provides important nutrients and oxygen to the extremities.

Provide 1 ml per 25 lbs 2 - 3 times per day. May be squirted directly in the mouth, placed in a small amount of favorite food (organic yogurt or organic unsweetened apple sauce work well) or added to meals. It is desirable to provide herbal remedies such as this 10 -15 minutes prior to main meal when convenient for better absorption.

Shake well before use.

Please note: 8 oz bottles do not come with a dropper. If you wish to have a dropper included with your order please request one using the "Note" box in your shopping cart. These droppers will not replace the cap and fit on top of 8 oz bottles.

Since this is not a medication, dosages do not have to be exact. If using a measuring spoon do your best to get as close to the suggested dosage below as you can for your animal’s weight. A little more or less will not hurt your dog or cat.

Pet Weight Dropper Dosage Teaspoon Dosage
0 - 5 lbs 2 - 3 drops not applicable
6 - 10 lbs 1/4 ml not applicable
11 - 15 lbs 1/2 ml not applicable
16 - 20 lbs 3/4 ml not applicable
21 - 25 lbs 1 ml 1/4 tsp
26 - 31 lbs 1 1/4 ml 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
32 - 37 lbs 1 1/2 ml
1/4 to 1/2 tsp
38 - 43 lbs 1 3/4 ml 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
44 - 50 lbs 2 ml 1/2 tsp
51 - 56 lbs 2 1/4 ml 1/2 to 3/4 tsp
57 - 62 lbs 2 1/2 ml
1/2 to 3/4 tsp
63 - 68 lbs 2 3/4 ml 1/2 to 3/4 tsp
69 - 75 lbs 3 ml 3/4 tsp
76 - 87 lbs 3 1/2 ml 3/4 to 1 tsp
88 - 100 lbs 4 ml 1 tsp
> 100 lbs 4 ml 1 tsp

For serious acute conditions - It is recommended to provide three dosages per day. When your animal is doing better you may try reducing dosages to twice daily and see how they do with that schedule.

For chronic conditions - You may provide two to three times daily. If your animal does not respond to two dosages they will need three until they show improvement and then you may reduce to two dosages daily and see how they do.

Long-term use: After the first two - four weeks when your animal's condition stabilizes or improves begin to use on a schedule of 5 days on and 2 days off as long as your animal's condition allows this schedule without deterioration.

To apply directly in mouth just pull out lower lip at back of mouth and squirt in desired amount. Don't tilt head back and squirt down throat or your pet may breathe some in. Wipe off dropper before placing back in container. If your animal coughs afterwards it is a sign they are breathing some in and it may be best to place in food in the future.

How long does it usually take for this herbal remedy to work?
Well, that is a difficult question to answer because each animal and his/her situation is unique. Sometimes benefits are seen immediately within a day or two and other times it may be a couple of weeks. We would say that you should see some sort of improvement within three to four weeks. If you don’t see improvement please contact us in case we can make other suggestions - perhaps there is a more appropriate remedy etc. Remember, these are not pharmaceutical drugs that have a dramatic affect on the body. What we are trying to accomplish with our herbal remedies and other supplements is to increase the health of weak organs/systems and this can take a little time to accomplish in some cases. Also, please keep in mind that diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the health of your animal(s). If you continue to feed a poor-quality kibble diet or provide repetitive booster vaccinations or use flea/tick chemical products, these will work against what we are trying to accomplish and make it more difficult to improve the health of your dog or cat.

What if my animal is not responding as hoped?
Then you may increase the dosage by 50% and see how that works. Dosage can then be reduced at a later date. If they still do not respond as hoped then please do not just give up, instead contact us by email so we can consider your animal's condition and make further suggestions. Our goal is to succeed and we will help you to the best of our abilities.

What if I have a large dog or I am on a budget?
We understand that providing a large animal with herbal remedies and natural supplements can be a financial burden to some. We would suggest to provide what is within your budget and see how that works. For example, if you have a 100 lb dog that would require 5 mls two to three times daily, figure what is within your budget and try that. It may only be 1 ml or 2 mls two times per day. However, in our experience this is preferable to avoiding the remedy entirely.

Do these herbal remedies have any contraindications?
A contraindication suggests that a particular remedy should not be used in certain health conditions or along with certain medications. If any are present they will be indicated at the bottom of this page under Contraindications.

Can I use this herbal remedy along with my pet’s medication(s)?
Generally, the answer to this question is “yes” with some caveats. As mentioned previously, if any contraindications are present they will be indicated at the bottom of this page. In addition, keep in mind that our herbal remedies often duplicate the actions of medications. For example, our heart tonic will help to dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure mimicking the action of certain drugs used for heart failure or high blood pressure. If this is the case, then this should be discussed with your veterinarian as the dosage of the medication may need to be lowered or may even be eliminated entirely. This must be done working in coordination with your veterinarian - please do not take it upon yourself to remove your pet’s medications. If using chemotherapy drugs please discuss this with your vet as well.

What if my vet is not receptive to using natural supplements or herbal remedies?
Well, this is a fairly common occurrence unfortunately. The decision will have to be yours on how to handle this. Try discussing with your vet how important it is to you to try a more natural approach. If this doesn’t work and they are unreceptive then you have only two choices: do it their way or find a veterinarian that you can work with to better the health of your dog or cat. We know what we’d do!

We recommend you purchase enough for at least 2 - 4 weeks to get an idea if this remedy will work for your animal. Use the chart below as a guide.

Medicine Dropper for Dog Nerve Support Remedy

Approximate Daily Servings per Container

Container Size 10 lbs 25 lbs 35 lbs 50 lbs
2 oz (2 or 3 servings per day)
60 or 40 30 or 20 22 or 15 15 or 10
4 oz (2 or 3 servings per day)
120 or 80 60 or 40 45 or 30 30 or 20
8 oz (2 or 3 servings per day) 240 or 160 120 or 80 90 or 60 60 or 40

Storage: If to be used over a period of a few weeks store at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Refrigerate for longer term storage.

Important: If animal's condition worsens or does not improve or any unusual symptoms occur discontinue use and consult your veterinarian. Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven.

Contraindications: Because St. John's Wort can affect the detoxifying enzyme system in the liver it could speed the removal of certain drugs. Because of this, we suggest that you give our Nerve Tonic and medications 1 1/2 to 2 hours apart. This herbal remedy is also contraindicated with certain antidepressant drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), anti-epilepsy/seizure drugs or supplements that increase serotonin like SAM-e. Gabapentin may also increase serotonin in the body, however we have many dogs that use Gabapentin and our Nerve Tonic without any issues.

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