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Here are some herbal remedies for those common problems:
Arthritis: affects one in every five adult dogs in the U.S. and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.Signs that your dog may have arthritis:
-Favoring a limb,
-Difficulty sitting or standing,
-Sleeping more,
-Seeming to have stiff or sore joints,
-Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs,
-Weight gain
-Decreased activity or less interest in play,
-Attitude or behavior changes,
-Being less alert.

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Good rule of thumb for any herbal remedy for your pet is two weeks on, one week off. That gives the body time to work on its own, and gives you time to determine if the herbal treatment needs to be continued. There are exceptions to this rule, as with all rules, as in herbs that take a while to build up in the body to be effective. Don't give herbs you wouldn't take yourself, internally or externally. Just about any herbal remedy that you use for yourself can be adapted for use for your pet - just remember to use tinctures whenever possible, stronger teas when necessary. For overall general good health, as with ourselves, you should of course look to diet. There are many natural diets being recommended today for all sorts of pets. Do a little research, or preferably a lot, into the natural dietary needs of your pet. Raw meat added to the diet of a cat or dog, natural carnivores, can often clear up a lot of mysterious ailments, as can the addition of fruits and vegetables ( Nature's Variety offers grain free, raw and frozen patties or Grain free dry food with a pieces of freeze dried meats).If you feed a commercial diet, feed the best you can afford, and add to it when you can. Years of healthy life can be added to your pet when diet is properly looked after! When you are changing your pet's diet, do so gradually. Add one new item at a time, and space out those additions. That way if there is a negative reaction, you can quickly pinpoint the culprit. Not every food agrees with every animal. Sunlight is also necessary for the health of your pet. Sunlight helps the body convert the nutrients in the foods you feed into the necessities for their systems. In place of sunlight, use full-spectrum lighting, like Vita-Lites, or an equivalent.These are ideal for your indoor pets, such as birds, reptiles and amphibians.

You should not attempt herbal healing for your pet unless you have a good understanding of what is ailing your pet. And a good understanding of the healing herbs. Don't guess.....check with a veterinarian first! There are now a lot of holistic/natural vets out there - call around and see who you can find. This advice is not meant to replace the diagnosis and advice of a licensed veterinarian. That said, I will share with you the herbal treatments that I have used on my dogs. Most are simple, safe, and effective.

Remember first and always that cats and dogs and other small creatures have much shorter digestive systems than us human caretakers. Fresh herbs are not digested as they are in humans. Therefore, the tincture form of an herb will work better for them. An acceptable alternative would be a stronger herbal tea than you would use for yourself.

If your dog seems to have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks take him to your veterinarian for an arthritis evaluation, which will involve a physical exam and possibly X-rays. The best thing to do for your dog in managing his arthritis is to get a diagnosis and start a treatment plan as soon as possible. Treating canine arthritis is similar to that of human osteoarthritis.
Therapies may include:
Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight. Over-the-counter pet treatments, such as pills or food containing either glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate ( Products available in our store: Joint Mobility in powder, K9 Vegetarian Glucosamine or Run Free from Holistic Pet Organics) and Omega fatty acids. A combination of Curamin and Arthocin from EuroPharma is a very good choice for inflammation, stiffness and pain. Also natural collagen - Genacol, for rebuilding the cartilage in the joints.  All  of those have shown to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis in dogs. More info in the Joint problems in pets section.
Eyes:
A strong tea of eye bright, used as a wash, is perfect for irritated eyes on all pets. Also administer orally to boost the internal mechanisms to fight infection from the inside. Alternatively, you can make a saline solution. Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1 drop of goldenseal extract to 1 tablespoon of the saline solution, once cooled, when you are going to use it....it shrinks swollen tissues and disinfects.

Itching:
The common cause of itching is due to fleas and flea bites - some animals are actually allergic to the flea bites, compounding the problem. Brewer's yeast is often recommended, 1 teaspoon or tablet per day, as a deterrent. Caution ! - some animals are allergic to the brewer's yeast, or react to it with dry patches of skin that itch just as bad as the fleas do. If you use brewer's yeast, keep an eye out for these sorts of skin problems to develop, and discontinue the brewer's yeast if necessary as soon as one of these symptoms appear. A good remedy for those dry itchy skin patches is aloe, rubbed over the patch. . Another method is to put a slice of raw cucumber over the "hot" spot, holding it there for a few minutes, and then rub aloe. You can also try oral supplement :Beta Thym 180 tbl. ( to balance the immune system), Transfer Factor for canine ( to make the immune system stronger and not so sensitive to any allergens)The shampoo you use, or the flea collar you use, may actually be causing the itching. Bathe the animal in an all natural shampoo, preferably something that has aloe in it like non irritating and chemical free Heavenly Herbal pet shampoo.Would you wear chemicals around your neck? Neither should they! You can make an herbal dip for your pet as follows: 2 cups packed fresh peppermint   or rosemary; 1 quart boiling water; 4 quarts warm water - - Prepare an infusion by pouring the boiling water over the herbs and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and dilute it with the warm water. Saturate the animal's coat thoroughly with the solution, allowing it to air dry. Use at the first sign of flea activity. This remedy will need to be repeated every three to four days, but it is totally safe. If the itching persists, and fleas or poor diet are not the culprit, use a mixture of Licorice Root, Dandelion Root, and Cat's Claw in equal drops of each tincture for two weeks. The licorice is a natural cortisone, and will help to jump start the immune system. To get rid of fleas in your carpet, after removing pets from the room, sprinkle Borax over the carpet and rub it in. Wait a while, then vacuum as usual. This is a safe, non-chemical method of flea control. Reapply the Borax once a week until the problem is gone

Cuts:
Fresh aloe is an excellent application for those strange cuts and scrapes we can never figure out how our pet got. It is a natural antiseptic, and will keep the area moist until the cut can heal. Alternatively, you can clean the wound with a wash of golden seal, and apply aloe or other herbal treatments that are your favorites. Make sure the aloe gel is alcohol free like Aloe vera Gelly from Forever Living products( www.aloepharmacyofnature.myflpbiz.com )


Abscesses:
First you must lance the abscess. I mix a betadine solution with water until it looks like tea, and then fill an eyedropper with the solution and squirt it into the hole. Do this several times per day, at least three. The important thing is to clip the fur away from the abscess and don't cover it with any bandage, or it can't drain properly. Another way is to put the black ointment over the abscess and cover i with a bandage( it depends where is it located).I also begin to administer antibiotic herbs orally like Oreganol ,to help fight any infection that may occur. Another course of action is to use chamomile in the wound to prevent infection. I have had a lot of success with these methods, which my vet recommends. However, I also know that if it doesn't begin to clear up within a week, I need professional help to combat the infection.

Car sickness:
Does your pet get carsick when you take him for trips? Try giving a few drops of ginger root extract prior to the trip to settle his tummy. If it is a long trip, you may want to administer the ginger again halfway through the trip.
Infections:
Give a tincture of equal drops of echinacea and goldenseal. If the illness persists after two weeks, try a combination of different herbal antibiotics after careful diagnosis by your vet like Oreganol. If the animal recovers quickly, continue giving the herbs for a few days after, to aid in healing completely .I generally give a capsule of garlic oil in the food once per week. It helps keep the biting insect critters away, and helps keep the immune system healthy.
Dehydration:
When a pet is dehydrated, due to illness or injury, you can give them Pedialyte, available in the baby food section of any grocery store. Alternatively, you can substitute Gatorade. However, the sugar content in Gatorade is rather high, which is not good for long term use with our pets. If using it, cut it in half with plain water. There are also powdered or liquid electrolyte solutions available at Pharmacy of Nature. Electrolyte solutions given in place of water for the first 24 hours will also help new pets that were shipped to deal with the stress of shipping. This is especially important with reptiles, amphibians, and birds of all types.
Ulcers:
If your pet is suffering from ulcers, give him two drops each of Calendula, Comfrey, Knotgrass, and Nettle twice per day and 5 drops of Sangre de Drago in 1 tablespoon of water. Couple this with a bland, easy to digest diet until the ulcer has healed. Sea Buckthorn oil also contains numerous anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer substances, providing benefits for gastrointestinal health. Laboratory studies confirm the efficacy of the seed oil for the treatment of gastric ulcers and acid reflux ( Sea buckthorn is available under the name Advanced Heartburn Rescue on our website ). The oil also provides a protective coating inside the stomach and intestines, preventing the damaging effects of pathogens. It is the best product containing  Sea Buckthorn oil and it does not have any side effects like lowering bone density which leads to osteoporosis.
Anxiety, Stress:
When your pet suffers from stress or anxiety, try a combination of the extracts of Oats, Valerian, and Chamomile. Bach Rescue remedy drops for dogs is a good choice or rub a little lavender oil near the animal's muzzle, or place some on a cotton pad in the pet's bed or in his sleeping area. And remember that if you are stressed, the animal will be too, so sniff a little of that calming lavender for yourself as well.
Orphans:
To raise an orphan, first find some goat milk - the fresher the better - to use as the replacement for mother's milk. Goat milk is high in butterfat content, and is infinitely better to use than those powdered replacements found in stores, and miles ahead of cow's milk. This applies for human babies, as well. Many a colicky baby has had their stomach soothed with goat milk.....and goat milk is usually easily used by those considered lactose-intolerant. Goat milk can be found in your health food store, and often in your grocery store, but the very best source is of course directly from the goat. Find a dairy goat farmer in your area. The prices will be better, too! When on goat's milk, puppies and kittens or colts and calves will not have any problems with the weight-gain, vitamin deficiency or immune deficiencies that occur often when using substitutes. Remember to feed the milk warmed. For puppies and kittens, it is often helpful to rub the face and anal area with a warm swab, to stimulate their system, much as the mother does after the baby feeds from her. Once per day, add a little spirulina (powdered) to the milk. It boosts the immune system, so needed in orphaned babies, and provides many necessary vitamins and nutrients.
Pregnancy:
Raspberry leaf administered daily throughout a pet's pregnancy (mammals) will help tone the uterus and aid in the healing of the uterus after birth, as well as help to stimulate milk production in the mammals.
Diarrhea, vomiting:
Powdered slippery elm bark is useful for treating diarrhea, vomiting, and sensitive stomachs for pets. Another option is homeopathic Diarrhea pills from BHI and probiotics ( Acidophilus from Wholistic pet organics) in a powder form to replace a good bacteria lost during a diarrhea. For a better, healthy digestion increases nutrient absorption plus replaces good bacteria. 
Shiny Coats:
One teaspoon (less for very small animals, such as ferrets) of cod liver oil or salmon oil dribbled over the pet's food once or twice per week will give a thick, shiny coat, as well as provide many nutrients needed by your pet's body. 
Bee Pollen for pets
1/4 teaspoon for every 15 pounds of animal, given two to three times weekly, helps to slow the aging process. It will also restore hormone balances, regulate the digestive tract, and calm the symptoms of common allergies. Give bee pollen daily during times of stress, illness, or disease to give a boost to the body.
Vitamin C:
Giving 1000 mg to 2000 mg per day for three months to puppies from large breeds can help prevent hip dysplasia. Give 500 mg to 1000 mg daily to ease arthritis in dogs and cats. 500 mg each day can prevent urinary tract symptoms and problems for cats.
Safe Herbs for Dogs:
aloe,alfalfa,burdock,calendula,catnip,cayene,chamomile,dandelion,echinacea,eyebright,Flax,Garlic,Ginger,Ginkgo,Hawthorn,Licorice,Milk Thistle,Mullein,Nettle,Oat,Oregon Grape,Parsley,Red Clover,Sage,Sarsaparilla,Skullcap,Slippery Elm,St.-John's Wort,Valerian,Yellow Duck 
Unsafe Herbs for Pets:
Pennyroyal ,Tea Tree oil ,Comfrey ,White Willow Bark ,Ma Huang (Ephedra) ,Wormwood ,Garlic