Many pet owners and veteraniarns are starting to take notice of natural treatments for many of the health conditions seen in canines. Some, such as turmeric, are backed by numerous studies while others are based on mostly anicdotal evidence. These are 5 of the top herbal/natural treatments that have shown promise.
Always check with your vet BEFORE giving your pet any medications-natural or not!
#1 Oregano Oil
Oregano oil has been used to treat various skin conditions, ear issues, and skin irritations and growths like skin tags and warts. Oregano oil MUST be diluted prior to administration internally or externally. The important ingredient in oregano oil is called “carvacrol”. To be effective, an oil should contain 60-75% of this active ingredient. You can read more here.
#2 Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has bee sucessfully used to treat skin irritations, sunburn, heat spots, dry nose and other minor skin conditions. Studies have shown that the antifungal properties found in Aloe can actually stop the production of yeast that can cause skin allergies to spread. Care should be taking when using Aloe, as ingestion can be dangerous to some dogs. Read more here.
With thousands of studies to it’s credit, turmeric has been to be shown more effective than many pharmacetical drugs in treating dogs. It can be used to treat inflammitaion, cancer, to relieve arthritis pain, treat stomach disorders such as IBD and as a replacement for sterioids for joint pain and allergies. Read more here.
Goldenseal is an herb that can be used to treat ulcers and eye conditions like conjunctivitis. It has also been used as an anti-bacterial treatment in the mouth, urinary and gastrointestinal tracts. Some people use this herb to treat kennel cough as well. Read more here.
#5 CBD Oil
CBD Oil research has shown that administering CBD oil twice a day to dogs with arthritis can substantially reduce joint pain. It has also been used to reduce seizures, lessen anxiety and even help with cancer treatments. Dogs should NOT be given any CBD products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Read more here.