How to Use Herbs"I usually recommend herbs as a sprinkle on the dog's food... I prefer the sprinkles because:
"I tell clients to figure on at least a month to evaluate any possible benefits..." (Kidd, Randy. "Part II: Herbal Medicine." Dog World, Feb. 2004: 32-39).
"Nettle (Urtica spp.) is one of my favorites for treating any type of allergy.. The dried herb (easily accessed at the health food store) can be sprinkled onto your animal's food.. One-half teaspoon of the dried herb for each cup of food...
"Nettle is also thought to reduce the severity of an allergic response. If your animal won't eat dried nettle, you can steep it in hot water or salt-free meat broth, which is then added to your companion's food" (Tilford, Greg. "Herbs for Flea Relief." Whole Dog Journal, June 2003, 21-23).
Colby Glass, MLIS