|Safe for most dogs and cats when used as an
alternate medicine in moderation for short-term intervention…
2. Health Benefits
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
- 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!
- Bladder and Kidney stones;
- Gastonintestinal infections (bacteria or yeast);
- Loss of appetite;
- Natural dewormer;
- Treating snakebite.
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs);
- Apply the oil (sparingly) directly to the skin to treat:
- Minor cuts, scrapes, wounds;
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Treat bronchitis;
- Numb pain.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Minor interaction – diuretic drugs;
- Moderate interaction – anti-diabetes drugs.