The Effects of Catnip on Dogs

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The Effects of Catnip on Dogs
Catnip can provide health benefits for your dog. (oregano on an isolated background image by Andrew Brown from Fotolia.com)

Cat owners know what an enormous treat catnip can be for their family feline. Putting some fresh catnip inside a favourite toy or sprinkling it on their scratching post can virtually have them jumping with glee. This prevalent cat favourite however, can be a beneficial herb for dog health as well. You won't get the same response as you do with your kitty, but, health-wise, your dog will thank you.

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Nervousness

If your dog gets nervous and anxious in certain situations such as travelling long distances, catnip can help relax your pet before the trip. This herb has a soothing sedative-like effect when given to your dog--either dried in his food or by putting fresh cut leaves in his water bowl. For severe or extended amounts of stress, catnip can be purchased in liquid form for everyday use in your pet's water or food.

The Effects of Catnip on Dogs
Using catnip in your dog's food or water can help relieve stress in your pet. (Green dog water bowl image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Diarrhoea

If your dog suffers from occasional diarrhoea or gas, catnip can offer some relief from these symptoms. Catnip can calm spasmodic stomach muscles as well as provide anti-gas properties when added to your pet's diet. However, if your dog has a bloody stool, is vomiting, bloated, or has a fever, you should take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Catnip is intended only for mild cases of diarrhoea and gas.

The Effects of Catnip on Dogs
Catnip can be used for relief of diarrhoea and gas in your pet. (dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com)

Antiseptic

Catnip contains thymol which has antiseptic properties. Making a poultice from catnip can be used quite effectively for minor wounds and skin irritations on your dog. Make a poultice by crushing the catnip leaves and warming in a small amount of fresh water. You then apply the mixture to a soft cloth, place it on the infected area, and cover with a bandage. You can also simply crush the leaves and place them directly on the wound then bandage as usual.

The Effects of Catnip on Dogs
Catnip can be used as a poultice for minor skin irritations on dogs. (bande de soin image by WSC from Fotolia.com)

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