Home remedies for anemia in dogs

Updated April 10, 2017

Anemia is a condition, but it exists as a symptom of another, underlying condition, especially in animals. The most common causes for anaemia in a dog include flea infestation and subsequent blood loss, external wounds, internal wounds or an underlying disease. Symptoms associated with anaemia in dogs include tiredness, weakness, fast pulse, laboured breathing, pale gums and pale interior eyelids. Several natural remedies exist.

More Meat

Feed your dog fresh meat as a first step in reversing anaemia. Although there is meat in commercial dog foods, the quantity of iron and other vitamins and minerals is much greater in fresh meat. Choose fresh cooked or raw turkey, beef, lamb and chicken. The protein will help your dog produce more red blood cells. Consult a veterinarian before switching to a raw diet to make sure that your dog's nutritional requirements are still being met.

Liquid Liver

Raw liver extract is another home remedy to relieve anaemia. It contains a number of nutrients including B-complex vitamins and iron, and these are vital in creating healthy blood. Check with your veterinarian before you administer liver extract to your dog, as dogs with liver issues or disorders can become ill and must be observed by a vet. Most veterinarians can prescribe liquid liver extract if you request it, but you may also be able to find it in health food stores.


Feed the dog a small quantity of greens. Greens contain chlorophyll, which can help the body produce a healthier level of blood. Wheat grass and barley grass both contain chlorophyll in concentrated forms, and the taste is palatable to most dogs. If the dog is 6.8 Kilogram or smaller, mix in a quarter-teaspoon with its normal food per day. If the dog is larger than that, you can mix one to two teaspoons every day.

Vitamin C and Herbs

Another remedy for anaemia in dogs is vitamin C and healthy herbs. Vitamin C will help the dog absorb iron from the intestines. Administer 250 milligrams twice daily for dogs under 6.8 Kilogram or up to 1,000 milligrams to dogs weighing more than 6.8 Kilogram, but only on the recommendation of a veterinarian. Other health supplements can be useful, including red clover, nettle and burdock root. Consult a veterinarian before you administer these herbs, to make sure that your dog is healthy enough to consume them.

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Jennifer Uhl has been writing professionally since 2005. She writes primarily for the web and has been published as a ghostwriter in "Tropical Fish Magazine" and "Entrepreneur." She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health care from Mira Costa College.