Our Echinacea formula for dogs and cats is used to promote optimal immune system activity. Formulated by a certified Master Herbalist using USDA certified organic herbs and organic glycerin, this formula will help increase the levels of phagocytic white blood cell activity. These are the immune cells that destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses to support healthy immune system function.
In this formula we use the species Echinacea angustifolia because research has shown this particular species to be the stronger herb with more medicinal value for your dog or cat. Echinacea can be used at the first sign of infection as a safe alternative to antibiotics. In fact, we often recommend our clients try echinacea for a few days if their animal is showing signs of not feeling well (non life threatening symptoms) before taking their animal to the vet for antibiotics. Generally, your animal's condition will rectify itself without all the harmful side effects of antibiotics, and if not you can always take your animal to the vet in a day or two if they don't respond.
Often people make the mistake of using this herb as "daily immune support". However, it is not meant to be used in this manner and if this is what you are looking for choose Astragalus Root instead. Echinacea is used primarily for prevention or treatment of acute infections because it activates the body's macrophage-mediated defense system that eliminates pathogens. If your dog or cat already has an existing infection consider our Antimicrobial Formula that contains echinacea as well as other antimicrobial herbs.
To help prevent acute infection you can use echinacea prior to a stressful event as stress can lower immune response or that may expose your dog or cat to a bacteria or virus. For instance, if you have a kennel visit coming up, or another situation during which your dog or cat will be exposed to other animals, you can start them on a regimen of this herb one week prior. This way their immune system will be functioning at optimal activity when possibly exposed to pathogens from other animals.
Echinacea is believed to reach its optimal activity after just 7 - 10 days, so using it for longer periods of time will not achieve greater benefit. Instead, use echinacea for a period of 7 to 10 days and then take a week off. If needed, start the schedule again for another 7 to 10 days.
✓ 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 have 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 USDA 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.
A proprietary blend of ORGANIC herbs in a 1:5 ratio of herb to menstruum:
Echinacea Root (Echinacea angustifolia)
Other Ingredients: ORGANIC vegetable Glycerin, Distilled water
About the Organic Herbs in this Formula
Echinacea Root - This herb is considered to be the primary remedy to help rid the body of microbial infections. It is an immune system booster that increases macrophage T-cell activity that protects the body against bacteria, viruses and other invading organisms.
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 (goat milk yoghurt works well) or added to meals. It is desirable to provide herbal remedies such as this away from meals for better absorption when possible.
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 breath 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.
It is suggested that the full activity of echinacea is reached after 7 - 10 days. So, in most cases, use this remedy for that length of time, and if you wish to use it for longer, take a one week break and then start again for another 7 to 10 days. Echinacea can be used to support your animal's immune system before stressful events like kennel stays so they are better able to resist infections that may be present in that environment. Start using the week before the stressful event so your dog or cat's immune system is at full strength.
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|
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.
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