nutritional herbs for dogs

Dog owners are becoming more interested in using herbs to support their dog’s immune system to treat illness.  Most are aware of the value of Echinacea, Slippery Elm or Calendula.  Few dog owners use herbs for nutritional value however.

Herbs can pack a big nutrient punch and can be used to supplement your dog’s diet.  Most dogs find them palatable and they are inexpensive and easy to use.  Best of all, the body is better able to digest vitamins and minerals that come from plant sources as opposed to those that come from synthetic and processed sources.

Here is a list of some herbs you might want to try:

VITAMINS

Vitamin A
Alfalfa, Black Cohosh, Cayenne, Eyebright, Red Clover, saw Palmetto Berries, Yarrow, Yellow Dock

Vitamin B Complex
Blue Cohosh, Cascara Sagrada, Fenugreek, Hawthorne, Licorice, Papaya

Vitamin C
Bee Pollen, Chickweed, Comfrey, Echinacea, Garlic, Golden Seal, Juniper Berries, Peppermint, Rose Hips

Vitamin D
Alfalfa, Dandelion, Red Raspberry, Rose Hips, Sarsaparilla

Vitamin E
Burdock, Comfrey, Dong Quai, Kelp, Skullcap, Slippery Elm, Yarrow

Vitamin K
Alfalfa, Gota Kola, Yarrow

MINERALS

Calcium
Aloe, Cayenne, Chamomile, Fennel, Marshmallow, Sage, White Oak Bark

Cobalt
Dandelion, Horesetail, Juniper Berries, Lobelia, Parsley, Red Clover, White Oak Bark Iodine, Bladderwrack, Kelp

Iron
Bladderwrack, Kelp, Burdock, Chickweed, Ginseng, Hops, Mullein, Nettles, Parsley, Pepperminet, Rosemary, Sarsaparilla, Skullcap, Yellow Dock

Magnesium
Alfalfa, Catnip, Ginger, Gota Kola, Red Clover, Rosemary, Valerian, Wood Betony

Potassium
Aloe, Blue Cohosh, Cayenne, Cascara Sagrada, Chaparral, Dandelion, Fennel, Golden Seal, Parsley, Rose Hips, Slippery Elm, Valerian, Yarrow

Zinc
Burdock, Chamomile, Dandelion, Eyebright, Hawthorne, Licorice, Marshmallow, Sarsaparilla

TRACE MINERALS

Alfalfa, Black Cohosh, Burdock, Cascara Sagrada, Chaparral, Dandelion, Hawthorne, Horsetail, Kelp, Lobelia, Parsley, Red Clover, Rose Hips, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Valerian, Yellow Dock