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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 
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…
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

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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