On my journey of healing dogs holistically I have found that Dandelion Root can be very beneficial not only for humans but for dogs as well. I know you might think it's odd that a weed from your yard can have health benefits, but it is very true. Many of the dogs that I have come across have been diagnosed with arthritis, fluid on the heart, fluid in the kidneys, skin issues, liver issues, joint pain, muscle pain, healing from an accident, and other inflammatory disorders. Thru the daily use of dandelion inflammations can be reduced and many have found that their dogs show signs of feeling better either in behavior or in physical abilities. In the dogs I have personally helped with dandelion root I have noticed overall improved performance and signs of better health.
Dandelion has many health benefits and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. You can generally find it in both capsules and in bulk and either will work great. By adding the powder or granules to wet dog food you can ensure that your furry friend is getting their daily dose. I generally give my dogs a teaspoon a day; however, in extreme health conditions this amount can be doubled or tripled.
Here is a quick summary from another great resource Herbs for Dogs
DANDELION (Taraxacum officinale)
Fresh whole plant as an electrolyte balancer, this is our best diuretic because it doesn't deplete potassium in the cat or dog, it is good for kidney inflammations. Has blood cleansing effects. Kidney and liver tonic. A well known garden weed, dandelion is much valued as a herbal remedy. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium. The root is used to improve digestion as it stimulates the flow of digestive juices, including bile from the liver and gallbladder. This can have beneficial effects on many conditions. The leaves have a diuretic effect.
Uses: Dandelion root is used to treat liver conditions and improve liver function. Both leaves and root can be used to treat arthritis and skin conditions.
Excellent for anaemia because it is high in iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. A very good diuretic. - Useful in kidney and bladder problems.
HERBS FOR ANIMALS
Diana Hayes DIHom Dip Animal Homeopathy
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