5 reasons to include nettle in your dogs diet


Most of us have been had a run-in with a stinging nettle in our lifetime, so it’s no surprise that as humans we generally consider the nettle plant to be a weed and a nuisance – but despite our feelings, Nettle is one of the most versatile and nutritive herbs you’re likely to come across. In fact, it’s so good that we use it in most of our 100% natural & complete recipes for dogs. Once completely dried, Nettle can be safely used to support your dog’s health in lots of ways and here's our favourite five uses for it.

It helps allergies & skin irritations

Surprisingly, nettle is known to help allergies and skin conditions – the very thing we all know it to cause! The reaction nettle causes, occurs only when the plant is alive and it won’t cause any nasty reactions once fully dried or boiled. A daily supplement of dried nettle sprinkled over your dog’s food can help to alleviate symptoms of allergies & skin conditions.

Nettle has antibacterial & astringent properties

Nettle can be used topically to help treat skin ailments and is known for its naturally occurring astringent properties which promote clotting and prevent bleeding – so much so that it’s widely recommended as a herbal treatment for nosebleeds in us humans.

Due to it’s naturally occurring diuretic properties, Nettle can support the kidneys by helping to flush out excess fluids which in turn can also help to prevent your dog from getting painful & uncomfortable urine infections.

"One common trait that I find when it comes to anxiety, is that owners seem to be giving the 'wrong kind' of attention to the dog during these stressful periods; inadvertently reinforcing the dog's behaviour. This is not a particularly a fault of the owner as they are simply doing what humans do best in such circumstances. If this were human-to-human interactions, the reassurance would be understood for what is it, and some solace and reassurance would be taken by it. We are of course not born to understand canine language without reading books or studying their ways; hence this poignant communication gap between dogs and their owners."

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