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Lyme Disease - Pet Herbals

Lyme Disease - Pet Herbals

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Lyme disease in pets, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted through the bite of infected ticks, can lead to various health issues. While antibiotics are the primary treatment for Lyme disease, some pet owners may explore herbal and natural approaches to complement conventional veterinary care. It's crucial to emphasize that these treatments should be discussed with a veterinarian to ensure their safety, effectiveness, and suitability for the pet's individual condition.

Turmeric and Curcumin: Turmeric, containing the active compound curcumin, is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties may be beneficial in managing inflammation associated with Lyme disease. Curcumin is believed to modulate the immune response and possess antimicrobial effects, potentially aiding in the body's defense against the Lyme bacterium. 

Echinacea: Echinacea is an herb often recognized for its immune-boosting properties. While research on its efficacy in treating Lyme disease in pets is limited, some herbalists suggest that echinacea may support the immune system's ability to combat infections. 

Cats Claw: Cat's Claw, derived from the Uncaria tomentosa plant, is believed to have immune-modulating properties and potential antimicrobial effects. Some holistic practitioners suggest that cat's claw may be considered as part of a comprehensive approach to supporting pets with Lyme disease. 

It's essential to underscore that herbal and natural treatments should not replace the use of antibiotics prescribed by a veterinarian for the treatment of Lyme disease in pets. Lyme disease can have serious consequences if left untreated, and professional veterinary care is crucial for accurate diagnosis and management. Regular veterinary check-ups are essential to monitor the pet's response to treatment and make any necessary adjustments to ensure their well-being.


How to Dose


0.5 kg – 4.5kg = 1-3 drops 2-3 x day

4.5kg – 10 kg = 3-5 drops 2-3 x day

10kg – 22kg = 5-10 drops 2-3x day

50kg onwards = 10 – 20 drops 2-3 x day

Start slow and slowly build up eg.  3 drops for first week, then increase second week to full dose. Remain on the dosage for a few weeks, then decrease slowly.  If symptoms return start again.


5 drops 2 x day with a strong-smelling food (to disguise) otherwise if you cat is brave you can place the drops inside their mouth.  Start slow and slowly build up eg.  3 drops for first week, then increase second week to full dose. Remain on the dosage for a few weeks, then decrease slowly.  If symptoms return start again.

May contain trace amounts of alcohol.  If you want to take the alcohol out of your tincture, then take lid off bottle, simmer slowly till water starts to bubble (only slightly bubbling) remover, then your done.  This will help to evaporate the alcohol from your tincture.



This website is for educational purposes only. The information provided here is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian or healthcare professional for specific concerns or issues related to your pet's health.

While natural therapies can be valuable in supporting your pet's health, it's crucial to emphasize that consulting with a qualified veterinarian may also be essential.  When incorporating natural therapies alongside conventional medicine for your pets, it's crucial to exercise caution and be aware of potential contraindications. Certain herbs or supplements may interact with prescribed medications, affecting their efficacy or causing unintended side effects, underscoring their importance. Consulting with a veterinarian experienced in integrative approaches will help to ensure the well-being of your furry companions.

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