Does your animal have herbs in his/her lifestyle – either as a food supplement or skincare? They are incredibly popular and many equine tackroom and pet care department shelves feature different lotions and potions that contain herbs. Over recent years they have become particularly popular for a wide variety of occasions, throughout the year.
One of our most popular pages at the Taranet Holistic Animal Knowledge Hub is the Herbal Remedies page.
In this post, a few popular herbs are under the spotlight.
Garlic has been used for many years as a supplement for horses and is usually given to horses in their feed – often in powder form.
It is often use with equines who a) have respiratory problems or b) need a natural fly repellent. This is because it has many properties – with its expectorant properties helping it assist with respiratory problems. Also, as most of you will know – garlic has a pungent smell, which can help to deter flies! Read more about garlic in this archive post
Aloe Vera is a plant that belongs to the lily family, and so is related to garlic, onion and asparagus. It is used for many purposes with animals (and people!) including, skincare and general healthcare. Read more
Mint is often used to help maintain appetite and is said to help fussy eaters. Read more about mint in this archive post.
Dandelion is one of the best natural sources of electrolytes, and is rich in potassium and magnesium and helps to prevent dehydration. It is rich in vitamins A, B, C and D.
Linseed comes from the flax plant which is a herb. Adding this to some animals feed, is often used to help with increasing condition.
As with any feedstuff or supplement, not all herbs will be suitable for all horses, dogs or other animals. Getting the correct quantity is vital – often less is more! Get qualified advice from a Veterinary Surgeon or animal nutritionist before trying any new food or supplement.
I hope this has been useful to give an insight into the variety of herbs that there are. For me, herbs are an important part of not only my lifestyle but my animals too. To find out more about herbs for your animals health, visit the Taranet Animal Care Directory here.
Until next time
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