Herbs and Pets: Don’t Put Your Pet’s Health at Risk

Herbs and Pets: Don't Put Your Pet's Health at Risk, image of a cat smelling a plant

When it comes to herbs for pets, just as with people, there is a lot of conflicting and often unreliable information surfing around the Web. Additionally, herbs that may be safe for dogs are often not safe for cats and vice versa. The best advice you can follow when it comes to giving a pet herbs is this: ask a holistic veterinarian. 

Unless you’ve received medical guidance from a holistic veterinarian about which herb to give, for what purpose, how much, and how often, do not give it to your pet. You could end up with a tragic pet poisoning.

One thing you can do to keep your dog, cat or other curious pet safe from toxic herbs is to make your home “herb friendly.”  The resources listed below provide guidance on pet-safe herbs for the kitchen, home, and outdoor living areas. Additionally, you’ll find resources for what to do if you suspect that your pet has ingested and is having a toxic reaction to an herb (or any other toxin).

Pets and Herbs Safety Resources

Leaf and Paw lists herbs that are used for cooking or that you may have in the home/garden. Indications are listed for safe and/or toxic for dogs and cats.

Herbal Academy  “Pet-Safe Yard and Garden Tips, Herbs and Plants” retrieved from PetMD.com 10 July 2021

Modern Dog Magazine retrieved from PetMD.com 10 July 2021

ASPCA  “Toxic and Non-toxic Plants” retrieved from PetMD.com 10 July 2021 

Pet Poisoning Emergency Preparation

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet has ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.

Emergency Preparedness Resources for Pet Poisoning, including how to prepare a pet emergency kit and much more can be found here:  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control 

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