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Juniper Berries for Dogs and Cats

Safe for most dogs and cats when used as an
alternate medicine in moderation for short-term intervention…
In this article – Juniper Berries
1. Juniper Berries
2. Health Benefits 
3.Cautions  
4. Side Effects  
5. Drug Interactions
1.0 Juniper Berries
  • Safe for most dogs and cats when used in moderation as an ingested treatment for short-term intervention;
  • Safe to use as a topical treatment for small wounds – not to be used as a long-term daily supplement or treatment.
  • Juniper berry oil is safe for use as a topical antiseptic treatment for minor cuts to prevent and treat bacterial infections.
  • Whole juniper berries can be ground with a mortar and pestle into a powder or you can purchase it in oil or supplement form.
  • Juniper berries are harvested from the coniferous juniper which grows as a bush or medium height tree – a member of the pine family.
  • Available forms – whole berries, powder, tea, tincture…

My German shepherd x Siberian Husky ‘Sarah’ likes juniper berries so much that she picks them herself – I keep an eye on her to ensure she does not consume too many!

2.0 Health Benefits
Juniper berries contain volatile oils that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and carminative. Juniper berry is a blood purifier that eliminates impurities from the blood via the urinary tract.
Uses – partial list…
Ingested…
Uses (Topical)…
  • Apply the oil (sparingly) directly to the skin to treat:
  • Minor cuts, scrapes, wounds;
  •  Joint and muscle pain.
Uses (Inhaled)…
  • Treat bronchitis;
  • Numb pain.
To make a Juniper Berry Tea
  • Steep 20 berries for every cup of water;
  • Use a tea pot or pot with a lid to preserve the volatile oils;
  • Only step for 5 to 8 minutes to preserve the volatile oils;
  • Use the tea sparingly…
    • Small dogs and cats should have no more than 1 tbs a day;
    • Medium size dogs should have no more than 1/8 cup a day;
    • Large dogs should have no more than 1/3 cup a day.
  • Only use until the issues clears and do not use for more than 4 weeks at a time.
3.0 Cautions…
  • Only for temporary use to clear-up a condition, not to be used on a long-term basis – do not use for more than 4 weeks at a time then stop usage for a minimum of a week before using juniper berries again.
  • Long-term use can cause kidney problems, seizures and other health issues.
  • When using topically only apply to small areas – don’t use on large wounds;
  • Juniper can lower blood sugar so don’t use on dogs that have diabetes;
  • Juniper might affect blood pressure so don’t use on dogs with blood pressure issues;
  • Stop using juniper two weeks prior to any scheduled surgery;
  • Do not use for pregnant or lactating females.
  • If your dog has environmental allergies, he/she may have an allergic reaction to juniper – if a reaction occurs, cease use.
4.0 Side effects…
  • When used topically can in some cases cause burning, irritation, redness and swelling.
  • When ingested in large doses may cause diarrhea, vomiting and increases urine flow;
  • Taking large doses over time can cause damage to the kidneys and convulsions.
5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Minor interaction – diuretic drugs;
  • Moderate interaction – anti-diabetes drugs.

About Karen Rosenfeld

My name is Karen Rosenfeld. I am an holistic diet nutrition health and wellness practitioner for dogs and cats. I am an holistic behaviorist for dogs. I offer a wealth of real-time, real-life experience. 30 years working and living with dogs and cats. Companion animals are my life, my work, my passion. Maintenance of Health Health Issues and Conditions Custom designed whole food diets, raw and cooked. Recommendations for commercial whole food diets. Consultations available worldwide via FaceTime, FaceBook video and voice, Skype, Phone and email Recommendation and specification of... Species Appropriate: Whole foods Treats Herbs Alternative medicines Supplemental foods Treatment and Remedy Holistic Behaviorist Services for Dogs Include: Obedience Training Behavior Modification Psychological Rehabilitation In-person Sessions Sessions available worldwide via FaceTime, FaceBook video and voice, Skype, Phone Affiliations to Companies None. I don’t sell food or supplements. I am NOT aligned with any companies. I prefer to select best solutions for my individual clients’ situation. My client services are available around the world. 🇺🇸USA 🇨🇦Canada 🇬🇧UK 🇦🇺Australia 🇪🇺Europe 🇨🇷Costa Rica and other Central American Countries 🇦🇪United Arab Emirates 🇸🇪Sweden and other Scandinavian Countries 🇸🇬Singapore and other Countries in Asia etc. Consultations and Sessions 📧Email: karen@ottawavalleydogwhispererer.ca 📞Phone: 1-613-293-3707 📱FaceTime 📱FaceBook video or voice 💻Skype 📖Holistic Wellness eBooks custom designed to suit 🚶In-person Sessions only available in Ontario, Canada.

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