Alfalfa proven to be super beneficial for your dog’s health

Alfalfa (lat. Medicago sativa) is a well-know herb easy to find around (and also quite inexpensive). It can be found throughout the whole world,. But it is very popular in Middle East, where it’s called “The father of all herbs”. Tells us enough about its benefits.

It has been used for medical reasons for more than 1500 years and has a lot of beneficial effects on your pet’s health. First of all, it’s a plant rich in vitamins and nutrients you pet needs in order to function properly. But also it can help in relieving symptoms of different kinds of arthritis or joint paint (it actually does it for humans also!).

Alfalfa is a herb you can easily find around and has many benefit for both your and your pet’s health.

It also help with kidney diseases and it’s proven to play a role in cancer prevention in animals. It is believed to inactivate cancerogens in liver as well as small intestine. All that reduces the risk of cancer. Worth a try, don’t you think?

 

 

 

How to use alfalfa?

If you want to start treating your dog with alfalfa, make sure to check that with your veterinarian. The best option is to sprinkle dried alfalfa over your pet’s food once a day. You can also make it to cook some tea, and mix it with your dog’s food and / or water. You can cook enough for a few days, just make sure to keep it in the fridge. And please make sure to start slowly and to follow your pet’s veterinarian advice.

If your pet is anemic, please don’t use alfalfa, since it’s a well know anti – coagulant (it contains coumarin and vitamin K). It should be completely dried when used, since fresh alfalfa can cause stomach pain or even gastritis to some dogs or even horses. So be careful!

The most important thing to mention is that you should not use alfalfa seeds because they contain toxic amino acid and therefore can cause damage to your pet’s health and body. Please use it in its pre-bloom state to avoid possible allergic reactions your pet can have to alfalfa.

Researches show that some animals innate self-medicating behavior

Some of the latest researches have shown how some animals living in the wild can identify and utilize natural healing sources. Those sources are herbs and plant around them. Since animals are not capable of directly linking cause and effect, as well as symptoms and exact illness or disease, we can conclude that it’s a consequence of natural selection. It’s being passed onto their offspring, making it an innate trait. Strange, huh?

Parrots eating and licking soil to fight parasites in their digestive system

Apart from chewing plants and leaves to ease the pain and remove some illnesses’ symptoms, animals also tend to self-medicate themselves by using clay, soils or even charcoal. They help them reduce stress level. This information helps us understand how beneficial alternative medicine techniques can be for wild animals, as well as pets. Methods like herbology and aromatherapy for animals are not a thing made up by humans. It’s a natural approach embedded in animals’ DNA. And yet it has never been as popular with veterinarians and pet owners as it is today. Maybe it’s time to learn from nature.

 

Self – medication as a form of stress relief

It’s also more that possible that animals also use some self – medicating techniques to reduce stress and to relax their bodies and minds. Living in the wild certainly brings a number of stressful situations for the animals. Stress is not unfamiliar to pet animals as well – it’s also known how pet owners can pass on stress onto their loved animals since the bond they have can be very strong. So be careful how you act around your pet. They can feel everything! And you must be aware of that.