If your dog is prone to seasonal allergies, look no further cause our Wild Harvested Nettle is here for you! Nettle is commonly used for seasonal, environmental and food allergies, and are meant to be added to your pets meals daily. It offers support during allergy season and offers year round nutrition. It really is one of the most nutritious and helpful herb you can find for your pet AND you!
Each 10 grams of nettle provides:
- 3.4 grams protein
- 297 mg calcium
- 68 mg phosphorus
- 3.22 mg iron
- 65 mg magnesium
- 2 mg beta-carotene
- 345 mg potassium
- Vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex
These vitamins come in a form that is very palatable and easily absorbed into the body without creating any stress on the digestive system, kidneys, or liver. Nettles make a superb natural supplement for dogs in need of vitamins and trace minerals in their diets.. They are an excellent addition to your dog's well-balanced diet.
Beyond nutrition, nettle helps in the following ways:
As an Antihistamine
Your dog is subject to allergies in much the same way as many of us are. While your vet may prescribe medications for these allergies, nettles contain natural antihistamines. These antihistamines help to reduce inflammation in your dog's respiratory system and the rest of the body. Not only will nettles help with reducing allergies, but due to their anti-inflammatory nature, they have can also help with the pain of arthritis. To treat your dog for allergies, simply add 1/2 tsp. of dried leaf per cup to their food daily during allergy season. You can do this all year long. You should not, however, give nettles to pregnant dogs and they may interact with any NSAIDS you might be giving your dog.
Nettles for Dogs Who Itch
Nettle leaf tea is a wonderful way to give your dog relief from the constant itch of dry skin or flea bites. On top of this, it will help provide nourishment for the fur that will leave their coat healthier than any type of store-bought conditioner. Make a good strong tea from the leaves and allow it to cool completely. Then pour the tea all over your dog until every inch of the skin is thoroughly soaked and let them drip-dry. The tea will provide instant long-lasting relief from itching and dry skin.
Help with Anemia
Yes, your dog can suffer from anemia, especially female dogs. If your vet has diagnosed your four-legged friend as being anemic, there is no need to add any type of pharmaceutical iron "pill" to their diet. Nettles contain a very high level of naturally occurring iron that is easily assimilated into your dog's digestive system and passed into the bloodstream. Treatment is the same for anemia as for allergies, at 1/2 tsp of dried leaves per cup of food. Before starting a natural treatment for low iron, be sure to have your vet take a blood sample and have it tested.
Nettles as a Diuretic
Dogs are prone to prostate enlargement, which can lead to issues such as urinary incontinence, mucous discharge, acute urinary infections, even inexplicable ejaculations in males. While an enlarged prostate in dogs is not a common as in humans, it still needs to be addressed. Nettles contain beta-sitosterol, a naturally occurring phytosterol that is a mild anti-inflammatory, which is known to reduce swelling of the prostate gland and urinary tract. Before beginning any form of natural treatment for an enlarged prostate gland or other urinary tract issue, be sure to have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian.
It also has the following benefits:
- Anti-allergic – reduces allergic symptoms via mast cell stabilization.
- Anti-rheumatic – an umbrella term for an herb that helps musculoskeletal conditions with undefined mechanism.
- Depurative – cleanses the blood, often helpful for skin and detoxifying.
- Nutritive tonic - restores the body and adds nutrients.
- Styptic – stops bleeding when applied to a wound.
- Diuretic – increases flow of urine and kidney filtration.
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation.