An increasing number of pet parents opt for natural and organic products to improve their dogs' health and overall quality of life. These products help to keep their pets healthy and happy. What most people aren't aware of is that this is not a new trend. It has been common practice for several decades to use various herbs to help pets deal with stress, relax, and engage better with everything around them.
Urban Ice Botanicals is committed to bringing to market natural products that are safe and effective in improving your pets’ lives. Here we look at which plant-based solutions exist and are most effective for dogs in several ways:
The Numerous Benefit Of Herbs For Dogs
Many herbs regularly used by humans hold fantastic potential for dogs too. You might already have some of these beneficial herbs in your kitchen. Including some of them in your furry friend's diet might be just what she needs to feel better and function well. Some of these herbs include:
Oregano isn't just an aromatic herb that you use to season pasta sauce or sprinkle on your pizza. It can be pretty beneficial to your dog's health and helps:
- Bolster their immune system - Oregano is packed with antioxidants, making it effective in fighting against regular oxidative stress. This is a crucial aspect of keeping your dog healthy, especially as it gets older. Oregano contains natural compounds that help stave off disease and premature degradation, making it an excellent way to maintain your dog's overall health and well-being.
- Treat wounds - Oil of Oregano has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it excellent application while cleaning and disinfecting wounds on dogs.
- mprove Gastrointestinal health - Chopped or well-ground oregano leaves contain high amounts of fiber. Including these in your dog's daily diet can help improve their intestine's function and effectively maintain their gut health.
While you love your dog and find him very cute, you must agree that his breath can have an unpleasant smell. This is where the natural freshness of mint can prove to be helpful. Like parsley, mint too can quickly freshen your dog's breath and keep it that way for several hours.
You can give your dog some mint if he experiences motion sickness whenever you take him on a road trip. Mint oil might not be the best option for some dogs because it is pretty strong, so avoid using it. Instead, just add some dried mint leaves to your dog's wet or dry food. Most dogs enjoy the interesting flavor this garnish adds.
The Curcuma Longa plant’s subterranean branches are ground to make turmeric powder, and Curcumin has several health benefits. Curcumin is present in turmeric powder and is a naturally occurring plant alkaloid with many excellent properties. Ancient Indian Vedic culture, dating more than 4,000 years ago, mentions the supplemental use of this beneficial powder by humans. The good news is that it can be highly beneficial for dogs as well. It has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, is full of powerful antioxidants, and can support joints, mobility, and mood.
4. Cannabidiol (CBD)
Dogs have a well-defined endocannabinoid system that helps them regulate essential functions (just like humans). It can help maintain a good appetite, improve their immune response and enable them to sleep better. Cannabidiol is an alkaloid naturally occurring in the hemp plant, and there has been extensive research conducted on its usefulness for dogs.
CBD acts on the dog’s endocannabinoid system directly. It catalyzes the cellular messengers' activity, stimulating the central nervous system and various other body areas. CBD supplementation in canines helps balance mood, support relaxation, and reduce tension. It can also help promote a better balance in your dog’s moods, especially if she struggles with certain stressful situations. It is straightforward to administer CBD to dogs.
Just add one dropper-full of Canine Hemp Oil from Urban Ice Botanicals to dry or wet food; that's all it takes.
You will notice its positive results on your pet right after the first time you administer it. CBD for dogs is highly effective, and it will continue to work as long as it is used, making it different from other canine nutritional products that many dogs develop tolerances to. When including CBD in your dog’s diet, it's best to opt for hemp-derived CBD oil. This all-natural, specially formulated product is organic and ideal for dogs.
5. Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom)
While there is some strong evidence suggesting that Mitragyna Speciosa can have numerous positive effects on many animals, we urge you to consult with your veterinarian on this matter. Conduct some research on your own to determine whether Kratom will benefit your dog.
Anecdotal reports shared by numerous pet owners suggest that closely monitored, responsible Kratom use for dogs can help to boost their energy levels while supporting their overall well-being. It's best to add Kratom slowly to your dog's lifestyle. Start with introducing a low dose of it in your dog's diet so they get accustomed to consuming it.
The Final Say on Herbs for Dogs
Typically speaking, dogs too can enjoy many of the herbs that humans use. However, some herbs to keep off your furry friend’s plate include:
- Cocoa powder
- Black pepper
- Excessive amounts of garlic
Apart from these exceptions, it’s a good idea to do some research of your own on various botanicals and herbs that can help improve your pet’s life and health. Never proceed with adding any herbs to your dog’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have about CBD, Kratom, or the range of other products Urban Ice Botanicals offers. Our knowledgeable team is here to help answer your questions related to the best ways to use high-quality plant-based products to improve your dog's well-being.
Disclaimer: Always keep in mind that nothing can substitute professional direction and sound advice that a licensed veterinarian can provide. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian before giving your dog any of the products we have just discussed in this blog post.