Brilliance of Natural Nettles For Your Animal's Health and Wellbeing

Love Benefits Of Nettles As A Natural Superstar For Your Animals' Health

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) may not seem the obvious choice for helping your pet's health. And indeed they can cause severe skin irritation and illness if your pet rubs against or eats the plant. The Pet Poison Helpline says this about their toxicity:

"Rub against the plant.. This causes erythema (redness), swelling, and intense itching. When ingested, stinging nettle can result in profuse salivation, pawing at the mouth, vomiting, labored breathing, muscle fasciculations (twitching) and ataxia."

But when used in the right way, nettles can be beneficial. As with homeopathy, stimulating the body's own natural healing capacity can help promote good health.

How much nutrition does a stinging nettle have?

They contain many essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, silicon, iron and magnesium, as well as a range of antioxidants flavinoids, chlorophyll.

A limited amount of veterinary research has taken place, stating nettle as helping many creatures. This includes:

As I explain in my veterinary research page, there's many reasons why there's limited evidence on herbal medicine - take a look here.

In the book Herbs for Pets, Gregory Tilford and Mary Wulff explain that nettles contain histamines which if used in small doses, can help with allergies in dogs.

How Can I Use Stinging Nettle To Help My Animal?

You can pick (with gloves of course) stinging nettles yourself and dry them. Or you can make as a tea.

It maybe a lot easier though if you can buy a product containing them already. Products you can get include:

If you're unsure if nettles are a good idea for your animal, then do speak to your veterinary surgeon for advice first.

You can find many veterinary surgeons who do specialist in holistic medicine too. If you'd like help finding a holistic veterinary surgeon or complementary therapist for your animal then please email me at info at taranet . co. uk

Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

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