Herbs For Dogs

This is going to be a continuous post, that I will keep adding too as I do more research. PLEASE do not give your dog herbal remedies without thoroughly researching a safe dosage and speaking to a homeopath or holistic veterinarian, or a veterinarian trained in herbal medicine.


  • Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera can be either applied topically, using the natural gel in the leaves as a treatment for burns, scrapes, and minor irritations -- or given internally to help with conditions such as gas,constipation, and infections.

  • Aniseed - Helps with good digestion and to ease any colicky pains. In addition, it is also known for its expectorant properties, helping to loose phlegm and ease persistent irritable coughs.

  • Arnica - a healing herb. Dilates peripheral capillaries and lymph ducts. Increased circulation and drainage of tissues that are engorged with fluids as a result of injury - this accelerates the healing process. Great for cuts, grazes, bumps, bruises, pulled muscles and cramp. 

  • Burdock - liver tonic, treats inflamed, broken, irritated skin and even psoriasis or eczema. Also used for arthritis, rheumatoid disorders, inflammatory kidney and bladder disease. Helps to remove mutagen substances, such as pesticides and airborne pollutants, from the bloodstream before they cause harm to the body. 

  • Calendula - The flower petals, can be applied directly as a wound dressing, or made into a tea to be used as an antiseptic wash. The antiseptic quality of the herb helps prevent bacterial growth, which is good news for your dog and bad news for the bacteria. It can come in cream form also.

  • Chamomile - contains thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc. Its anti-spasmodic, carminative (gas relieving), anti-inflammatory, sedative (calming), antimicrobial, digestive, vulnerary (wound healing), tonic (strengthens body functions and/or structures), and anti-parasitic. Benefits IBS and other digestive issues.

  • Chickweed - A very versatile herb, which can help with digestion and upset stomachs. It is traditionally also used as a remedy for arthritis. Helps with skin irritation and inflammation.

  • Flaxseed - high in vitamin e. High in essential fatty acids and omega-3 for hair, skin and nails. Benefits coat, digestive issues, heart disease, cancer and allergies.

  • Fennel seed - contains thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, vitamin c and a, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. As well as linoleic acid. Digestive aid, benefits IBS and gas, bloat, and breath.

  • Fenugreek - Anti-inflammatoty, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, helps against diabetes, digestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and weight loss. It is also thought to be anti-cancerous.

  • Garlic - antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral and anti-cancerous properties. Garlic is ONLY toxic when given in very large amoutnts, again, please research this.

  • Ginger - an anti-emetic, prevents nausea and vomiting (great for travel sickness). Helps support digestion and normalize gastric function. Also believed to be useful for osteoarthritis. Often used in the treatment of bloat.

  • Hawthorn - Strengthening the heart muscle and improving circulation, hawthorn helps stave off congestive heart failure in senior dogs (and people), and tones the tickers of younger dogs who've survived heartworm disease. It’s a valuable daily supplement for working dogs who may undergo continued cardiac stress. Sled dogs, agility dogs, herding and bird dogs would all benefit from this herb. 

  • Kelp - Rich in essential nutrients, especially iodine which can support regular thyroid function. Helps maintain optimum coat and skin condition as well as healthy gums.

  • Lemon Balm - Best known as a nervine, a calming herb that soothes and relaxes. It’s also a digestive aid that neutralizes gas in the stomach and intestines, muscle-relaxing, deodorizing, disinfecting, and insect-repelling.

  • Milk Thistle - contains Silybin, and is amongst other things, a powerful free radical scavenger that can neutralise damaging free radicals. Used predominantly in the treatment of liver disease. Increases beneficial liver enzymes. 

  • Mint -  Mint species, including wild mint, spearmint and peppermint, are nontoxic to dogs. Freshens breath and helps aid digestion. A few leaves per day to prevent any gastrointestinal distress from eating too much plant matter.

  • Neem - Known to have many beneficial properties. It is anti-parasitic, and a natural healing aid for cuts, grazes, skin irritations, itching, allergies, cracked pads, digestive upset, arthritis, arrythmia and hair loss.

  • Nettle - One of nature's best kept secrets! A valuable addition to the phytonutrient mix specifically as a nutritive and restorative tonic for overall health.

  • Parsley - contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, vitamin a, c and d. Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. Its a tonic, and diuretic, and benefits breath 

  • Spinach - more as a filler to make any herbal mixture last longer, by adding more substance. Contains calcium, potassium, vitamin a, b6 and k.

  • Seaweed (i.e Kelp) - Rich in natural salts and minerals, particularly iodine. Fantastic for thyroid problems that are linked to iodine deficiencies, and other glands like the adrenal and pituitary glands, helping to keep the metobolism working smoothly, aiding weight. It's naturally anti-parasitic. Reduces itchyness with skin allergies and quickens healing and recovery due to high amino acids that replenish tissues.

  • Tumeric - antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-imflammatory. Benefits arthritis and IBS, digestive upsets and GI tract. Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol). Boosts liver function, bile production to digest food and has anti-cancerous properties. 

  • Valerian - a calming herb. Can help with reactive, anxiety, travel sickness, hyperactivity, and high energy dogs.