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Chamomile For Dogs

 
By María Besteiros, Expert veterinary assistant and canine/feline hairdresser.. Updated: March 31, 2019
Chamomile For Dogs

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One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to natural remedies for dogs is, can dogs drink chamomile tea? Chamomile holds both antispasmodic and carminative properties. However, when giving any plant or medication to your dog, you should consult a veterinarian beforehand. Chamomile can be administered to dogs as long as its dosage is appropriate to what is being treated.

For more about the use benefits and dosage of chamomile for dogs, keep reading here at AnimalWised.

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Chamomile for dogs

Chamomile is a herb characterized by its soothing and antiseptic properties. In addition, chamomile is also popular for its anti-inflammatory, digestive, analgesic and carminative properties.

All of these chamomile benefits are also applicable to dogs. Chamomile for dogs can be administered as an infusion or it can be applied topically. When it comes to the appropriate dosage, we recommend consulting a veterinarian. Chamomile for dogs dosage will depend largely on what is being treated. However, chamomile for puppies will always, naturally, be applied in a smaller dose.

So, is chamomile safe for dogs? Yes, as long as its dosage is controlled and supervised.

For more about plants for dogs, we recommend reading our article where we list the best natural anti-inflammatories for dogs.

Chamomile for dogs: uses

By virtue of its properties, you can give chamomile to dogs in these following situations:

  • Chamomile for gastrointestinal problems in dogs: chamomile can be offered to dogs suffering from mild diarrhea as it can help to keep them hydrated and regulate their digestive system. In the case of puppies, immunosuppressed or older dogs, we recommend that you rather consult a veterinarian. In addition, if the diarrhea does not remit after a day or two, you will need to consult a specialist. The same principle should be applied when offering chamomile for dogs vomiting. For more, we recommend reading our article where we answer, why is my dog vomiting and has diarrhea?
  • Chamomile for dogs eyes: if you notice that one or both of your dog's eyes are red or watery, you can use chamomile to clean them. If the discharge is purulent, if you notice one eye is smaller than the other or if the discomfort does not subside or worsens, you should go to a veterinarian to treat it accordingly. For more, we recommend reading our article where we offer you a step by step of how to clean dog’s eyes.
  • Chamomile for dogs parasites: chamomile can also be used to treat ticks on dogs. The perfect home remedy for ticks on dogs is to soak the tick-borne area with a chamomile infusion. Then, before proceeding to the extraction, always make sure to remove the complete tick, including its head. If a tick’s head is accidentally left inside of a dog’s skin, it can result in painful inflammation. For more, we suggest taking a look at our article where we list some home remedies to remove ticks on dogs.
  • Chamomile for dogs skin: when applied to dogs skin, chamomile can have an extremely calming effect. What skin problem is your dog suffering from? For more, read about the most common skin diseases in dogs.
  • Chamomile for dogs anxiety: chamomile is commonly used to treat both stress and anxiety in dogs as is carries mild sedative effects. Chamomile can also be used to help a dog struggling to sleep. Is your dog stressed or anxious? Find out here where we list 10 signs of stress in dogs.
Chamomile For Dogs - Chamomile for dogs: uses

Chamomile tea for dogs

As we’ve already mentioned before, chamomile tea for dogs can be administered as a tea for dogs or topically. Chamomile tea for dogs should be infused by:

  1. Boiling 250ml of water.
  2. Adding a chamomile tea bag and letting it infuse for a few minutes.
  3. Then, strain the tea and leave to cool.
  4. DO NOT add sugar or any other sweeteners.

You can then offer this chamomile infusion to your dog to drink using a water fountain. If your dog rejects the tea, you can administer it through a needless syringe of 5-10ml. Always apply it on the side of the mouth behind the fangs. Make sure to administer it slowly to avoid risk of chocking. Do not force this chamomile tea administration.

In the case of topical chamomile treatment, prepare the same infusion and apply it onto the skin using a gauze or piece of cotton wool soaked in the liquid. If you are cleaning a dog’s eyes with chamomile, make sure to use a new and clean gauze for each eye, always moving gently from the inside to the outside of the eye.

Chamomile tea for dogs dosage

As we’ve already mentioned, a dosage of chamomile for dogs will depend on a dog’s specific case. It’s also important to remember that even though a chamomile may work for some dogs, other dogs may be allergic to it. Therefore, a sensitivity check should always be performed when offering your dog any new medicine, be that natural or chemical. A veterinarian will be able to confirm and recommend a correct chamomile dosage for your dog based on an accurate diagnosis.

For more about natural remedies for dogs, we recommend reading our article where we list the best medicinal plants for dogs.

Chamomile for dogs: deworming

Not only can chamomile soothe the dog's skin, reduce inflammation and promote skin healing, but it can also work as a great antiparasitic. Chamomile can help to remove ticks from dogs as well as alleviate any irritation produced by a flea bite. To do this, simply prepare a chamomile infusion (that detailed above), moisten a sterile gauze and pat the affected area before removing the tick.

You can also opt for a chamomile bath for dogs, massaging the infusion all over a dog’s body. Make sure to avoid the mouth, ears and eye area and be sure that it dries well. This home remedy for ticks on dogs is recommended for puppies.

Chamomile can also act as a homemade flea repellent for dogs. This naturally remedy should only be used to complement a veterinarian’s antiparisitic and deworming schedule, but not as a replacement.

Chamomile For Dogs - Chamomile for dogs: deworming

Chamomile for dogs: skin

Due to its soothing and antiseptic properties, chamomile can be used to help decrease symptoms of scabies in dogs. Soak a gauze in the chamomile infusion and pass it over the wound to relieve itching and calm irritation. Chamomile alone should not be used as a treatment for scabies, it is only recommended as a complement to veterinary treatment.

Chamomile for dogs skin: dermatitis

Chamomile can also be administered for dermatitis on dogs. In this case, chamomile can help reduce itching and improve general skin health. For more dermatitis in dogs home remedies, you can try Aloe Vera for dermatitis in dogs.

Chamomile For Dogs - Chamomile for dogs: skin

Chamomile for dogs: anxiety

As we’ve already stated, chamomile tea for dogs is great for treating canine stress and anxiety. Other than offering your dog chamomile tea to drink, you can also opt for:

  • Valerian infusion for dogs: perfect to calm or destress a dog who is nervous from loud noises, a long trip, etc. In addition, it is ideal for elderly dogs.
  • Bach flower remedy infusion: great for separation anxiety in dogs.

Again, it is important to emphasize the importance of an adequate diagnosis. Most importantly, you should find the cause of this stress or anxiety and make sure that, with the help of a veterinarian, you treat it accordingly.

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Chamomile For Dogs, we recommend you visit our Home Remedies category.

Bibliography
  • Cebrián, J. Diccionario de las plantas medicinales. (2017). Integral: Barcelona.

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