Central to your dogs health is a balanced diet rich in good quality animal protein with absorbable vitamins, minerals and trace minerals. These nutrient-rich herbs can help your dogs diet in a number of ways, aiding in a balanced diet.
Available in both dried and extracted preparation, cost-conscious pet owners are rest-assured these affordable and palatable herbs are readily available. Simple add them to your dogs meal to reap the benefits of these nutritive herbs.
If you’re looking to enhance your dog’s nutrition, look into incorporating the following herbs into their diet. Be sure to consult with your vet about dosages.
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Used For: Skin Conditions
Pets love the taste of this common weed that grows in almost any uncultivated space. It helps the stimulation of digestive juices and bile secretion, which aids digestion and appetite, and absorbs toxins from the bowel. Can be given to your dog in both powdered states or cooked fresh. Purchase Here.
Should also be used as a preventative. If you have a breed prone to cancer, such as a boxer, be sure to use regularly after consulting with your vet.
Nutrients: Burdock root is high in carbohydrates and inulin, and very high in iron, magnesium, silicon, thiamine, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and chromium.
Used For: Regulates a dog’s blood sugars, wards off infection, stimulates appetite
As pets age, their ability to absorb nutrients may diminish. To help stimulate the absorption of nutrients and avoid under-nourishment, use ginseng to promote health and longevity.
Nutrients: Ginseng contains strong antioxidant components that help the body recover from stress, fatigue and illness. It also contains anti-inflammatory saponins that can also help regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels
The herb can be administered whole and fresh, dried or in capsules. Purchase here.
Don’t give ginseng to dogs with high blood pressure, pregnant dogs, or dogs with diabetes. Veterinary advice should be sought before using ginseng long term.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Used For: Cure for all inflammations, including arthritis
Nutrients: Commonly used worldwide as an animal feed, alfalfa (also known as the king of herbs), has been cultivated for thousands of years. An excellent source of natural chlorophyll, you’ll want to administer alfalfa to your dog in an extract or to dry it quickly to ensure they absorb the nutrients. It’s also is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and even vitamin K. Purchase Here.
Smaller dogs can get approximately 1/4 teaspoon daily
Medium dogs roughly 1/2 teaspoon
Large dogs about 1 teaspoon daily. Mix with their food.
Only recommend alfalfa as a supplement to a meat based diet.
Alfalfa should only be used in pre-bloom state as well, as using it otherwise has led to allergic reactions in some dogs.
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Our next candidate on the The Pet Business Profile’s know a thing or two about training pets to stay the least. World renowned animal psychologist Dr. Roger Mugford’s storied career has spanned decades. He introduced the concept of behavioural therapy to the veterinary profession by founding The Animal Behaviour Centre in 1979. Having seen more that 50,000 pets, his referral practice is seen as the leading authority in the field.
Catch a glimpse of the dog training and behavior expert’s life and work – from working with The Queen’s Corgi’s to rehabilitating rescued and abused animals, and how this has all influenced his line of products for training dogs.
Name: Dr. Roger Mugford
Current Title/Company: Animal Psychologist and CEO of The Company of Animals
What inspired you to pursue a career specifically in animal psychology and ultimately design products for pets?
MUGFORD: I’m a country boy – born on a farm in Devon (South West England) and I have always been around animals. I’m just as interested in animals in the wild as I am in domestic pets. I got side tracked as a psychologist during my academic career, where of course I became aware of the massive importance of the human-animal bond. Simply put, I soon realised that companion animals are both an intellectually interesting and medically important part of our culture.
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