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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Cat's Claw - Herbs for Dogs and Cats



Safe to use as a daily dietary supplement and
alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.
In this article...

1.  Cat's Claw
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake


1.0 Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw is native vine of Peru, which can be found in areas of high altitude, winding itself around trees. The medicinal form of Cat’s Claw is derived from the bark and the root of the plant. There are two species of cat’s claw commonly used for medicinal purposes…
  • Uncaria guianenses (common in Europe);
  • Uncaria tomentosa (common in the US and Canada).
Cat's claw is available in dry powder, tea, tincture and supplement form.

2.0 Health Benefits, a partial list…

  • Allergies (environmental) from hay fever;
  • Alzheimer’s (canine);
  • Asthma;
  • Arthritis…
  • Osteoarthritis (caused by aging joints, injury, obesity);
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammation – occurs in matching joints on both sides of the body, can also effect blood, eyes, lungs, heart and/or nerves).
  • Chronic fatigue;
  • Digestive System disorders – i.e.
  • Colitis;
  • Gastritis;
  • Stomach ulcers;
  • Leaky Bowel Syndrome;
  • Cancer (particularly urinary tract cancer);
  • Cleansing of the kidneys;
  • Parasites;
  • Viral infections
  • Wound Healing.

3.0 Cautions...
  • If your dog or cat has low blood pressure the use of Cat’s Claw may further lower blood pressure;
  • If your dog or cat has leukemia do not give him/her Cat’s Claw;
  • If your dog or cat has lupus, do not give him/her Cat’s Claw;
  • Stop giving Cat’s Claw two (2) weeks prior to a scheduled surgery

4.0 Side Effects...
  • Cat’s Claw may lower blood pressure. 

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Medications changed by the liver;
  • Medications for high blood pressure;
  • Medications that decrease the immune system (i.e. corticosteroid medicines, cyclosporine, prednisone, etc.) as Cat’s Claw is an immune system booster and contains natural cortisone.
 
6.0 General Guideline...
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
     Weight
Dry Powders

Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
1-10 lbs
a small pinch up to 1/8 tsp
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
1 larger pinch - 1/8 to ¼ tsp
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches - 1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches - 2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose
 

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1 comment:

  1. Virginia Shemeliuk4 April 2015 at 20:34

    Thank you so VERY much for giving such comprehensive information on each remedy! I am desperately searching for a holistic approach to treating my cat's chronic diarrhea since the "normal" vet gives diazepam which needs blood tests because it may harm other organs!! Your info certainly helps narrow down what would be best to use.

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Note -

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

I offer extensive consultation services - Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness and Holistic Behavioral, for people that are serious about looking after their dogs and cats holistically. If you want to engage my services you can contact me via email or phone.

If you are looking for additional free advice, please refer back to the articles on my site, do not contact me via email or phone - personalized service is for my clients / patients only.

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