Nettle For Dogs

Nettle Herb For Treating Dog  Allergies and Reducing Inflammation In Dogs

Nettle For Dogs

 

You don’t have to go far to come across nettle in early spring on the BC coast. Nettle plants (Urtica dioica) are abundant in damp forests or anywhere that’s been disturbed by humans. Have you seen this green herb before? It’s a beautiful luscious green-leaved perennial plant with opposite, stalked, lanceolate leaves. Along the leaves and stems are tiny stinging hairs that are unforgettable once you’ve been pricked (do you remember this plant now?). Nettle is highly medicinal and a herb all pet parents should know about.  

THE LEAF

Actions

The following are the medicinal actions of nettle leaf and a definition of each for more clarity.

  1. Anti-allergic – reduces allergic symptoms via mast cell stabilization.
  2. Anti-rheumatic – an umbrella term for an herb that helps musculoskeletal conditions with undefined mechanism.
  3. Depurative – cleanses the blood, often helpful for skin and detoxifying.         
  4. Nutritive tonic - restores the body and adds nutrients.                          
  5. Styptic – stops bleeding when applied to a wound.
  6. Diuretic – increases flow of urine and kidney filtration.
  7. Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation.

Uses

Nettle is commonly used for seasonal, environmental and food allergies. When using this plant for allergic conditions I recommend finding an easy way to administer, as you will need to give nettle for 2-3 months in order to see lasting results. Nettle in treat or liquid form are good choices.

 

Nettle leaf is FULL of nutrients; it contains a good source of iron and calcium, some potassium and silica. Extra nutrients are helpful if your dog is recovering from illness, injury or trauma, if your dog is aging and needs some extra support or as a general spring tonic for maintenance.

Safety

No contraindications. Some caution that in rare cases a dog may be sensitive or allergic to nettle.

Dosage

Dried herb – 100 - 900mg per kg per day

Infused tea – 1 cup per 10kg (20lbs) per day

Tincture/glycerite – 3-5ml per 10kg (20lbs) each day divided

THE SEEDS

Actions

The following are the medicinal actions of nettle seeds and a definition of each for more clarity.

  1. Adrenal and kidney trophorestorative – restores physical function to adrenals and kidneys.
  2. Adaptagen – helps to improve the response to stress and reduce its effects on the body.

Uses

Nettle seeds have a more specific use then the leaves. Nettle seeds are used in chronic renal disease and during recovery from severe trauma and stress. For this use I recommend working with a holistic veterinarian or medical herbalist.

Safety

No contraindications. Some caution that in rare cases a dog may be sensitive or allergic to nettle.

Dosage

Dried herb – 100 - 900mg per kg per day

Infused tea – 1 cup per 10kg (20lbs) per day

Tincture/glycerite – 3-5ml per 10kg (20lbs) each day divided

SUGGESTED NETTLE HERBAL FORMULAS

Herbal medicine is commonly administered in multi herb formulas. Formulas are made this way so that multiple systems in the body are addressed all in one remedy. The following are some example formulas you could create using nettle. Please be sure to look up the correct dosage for each herb before administering these formulas to your pet.

 

ALLERGY

Nettle

Burdock

Milk Thistle

Baikal skullcap

 

SENIOR

Nettle

Alfalfa

Calendula

Turmeric

 

ARTHIRITS

Nettle

Turmeric

Horsetail

Gotu Kola

 

Author: Rickilee Walls

Rickilee Walls is the chief medical herbalist for TGIPT, and co-founder of Companion Herbals, a herbal supplement company for dogs and cats. A passionate educator, Rickilee enjoys teaching pet parents about herbal medicine and how to make their own herbal remedies for their pet. She is an advocate for the environment discouraging the use of endangered plant species and encouraging sustainable practices.

 

RESOURCES:

Pacific Rim College. Materia Medica student database– Urtica Dioica. 2015.

Veterinary Herbal Medicine by Barbara J. Fougere and Susan G. Wynn

 

 

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