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!).
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.