Dogs and cats, whether they live in a household or a shelter, are prone to get rambunctious from time to time. Echinacea helps fight infection from bites and claw marks. Further, it helps reduce fever, and aids animals in recovering from the flu. Here are some suggestions for how to administer the herb.
Healing Doggy Stew
- Boil a chicken in a crockpot mostly full of fresh water. This can be done on a high setting for 8 hours. However, to reap the ideal health benefits cook the chicken on the low setting overnight (15 to 24 hours).
- Pull some chicken meat and add some chicken juice (the water in which the chicken cooked) in a bowl and mash the two ingredients together.
Stove Top Method
- Boil a chicken breast. Remove from heat.
- Mash meat with a fork in a bowl and allow to cool.
- Continue to boil down the chicken water to condense and add some low sodium chicken broth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Pull some chicken meat, add some chicken broth in a bowl, and mash the two ingredients together.
How to Help Heal a Cat
Some cats might eat the stew. Since cats can be finicky eaters, do not empty more than ¼ of an Echinacea capsule in a serving. Place a tablespoon full of chicken in a bowl. Add chicken juice and mash. Stir in the Echinacea with some fresh water. If the cat normally eats on its own, but refuses food with herb, let the cat eat first without the herb, then burrito wrap the cat to administer the herb.
For the Finicky Feline
Here is how to help a cat that is unwilling to eat the herb.
- Empty 1 Echinacea capsule and mix it with chicken juice and fresh water.
- Burrito wrap the cat, and use a clean dropper/syringe to administer. You will likely need to do this in several feedings to reduce the animal's stress level. Ideally, administer at least 3cc (3ml or 3/4 teaspoon) at each sitting.
Humans and animals do not build up a tolerance to the effectiveness of this plant. This means that when symptoms abate the plant has done its job. For those who donate to shelters this herb is an invaluable resource for maintaining healthy animals and cutting down costs. This information is not intended to replace a veterinarian's diagnose or treatment. However, it is an option that should be seriously discussed during an office visit.
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