How to Treat Your Dog's Upset Stomach Naturally

Updated on March 16, 2018

Natural Remedy's for a Dog's Upset Stomach

With little notice, it can become apparent that a dog is suffering from an upset stomach. Knowing how to treat your dog's upset stomach naturally, can quickly save you from a very large and unnecessary vet bill!


Many pet owners don't realize that a few of the most available natural treatments are also the most inexpensive and effective natural treatments around. As humans, we can mix up a cup of herbal tea to help ease our painful guts. However, our k9 friends are thumb challenged, so they must resort to eating the green blades of grass found in the yard, making for a cold and chewy serving of canine herbal tea. This practice is just about as natural of a treatment as your dog can encounter. But, if you're looking for more than backyard grass cures, you will need to read on!

A Mandatory Read for Every Dog Owner

People Foods That Can Kill Your Dog will help you understand that the foods you think are safe to share with your dog, may send you to the vet . . . or worse.

Can Dogs Take Pepto Bismol?

Pets and Pepto-Bismol

The consensus is that Pepto-bismol (bismuth subsalicylate; the pink stuff) can be fatal to cats, the aspirin now included in the compound has major negative health effects on the feline species. But, for the dog who is suffering from a tummy ache it's okay. Right? Not really. Unless a vet prescribes it with a complete dosage schedule and is monitoring your dog regularly, it is best to avoid such OTC drugs often found in our human medicine cabinets. This is particularly true when your dog is afflicted with any of the following conditions:

Pepto-Bismol Should NEVER be Given to a Dog With:

  • Aspirin Sensitivity
  • A History of Gastrointestinal Ulcers
  • Bleeding Disorders of Any Kind
  • In Combination With Steroids or Non-Steroidal Medications (has caused fatal bleeding episodes in dogs)

When your pet is suffering from an upset stomach (or anything for that matter) it is always best practice to take your dog to the veterinarian—always! Many modern vets can provide you with a holistic treatment plan should you request one.

Is Grass Eating a Good Method for Naturally Treating Your Dog's Upset Stomach

As mentioned earlier, often times when a dog has stomach issues, he will chomp on fresh chlorophyll-rich green grass. This doesn't necessarily mean the dog is sick, as this behaviour is relevant in healthy dogs as well as dogs who are a little queasy. The results from eating said grass can be to vomit; which may be just what your canine needs to make things right again. Some dogs like to add greens to their diet just like you or I would enjoy a crisp salad. Others, do utilize grass as an effective natural means for stomach ache relief.

4 Things to Look for If Your Dog Is a Grass Eater:

  1. Stray fecal matter mixed in with the yard grass
  2. Pesticide residue
  3. Excess vomit following consumption of grass
  4. Habitual grass eating

Grass is a great natural Remedy for a dog's upset stomach.
Grass is a great natural Remedy for a dog's upset stomach. | Source
  • Stray Fecal Matter Mixed in With the Yard Grass: Stray fecal matter mixed into the grass can bring parasites and disease if your dog eats it, so a clean yard is best.
  • Pesticide Residue: Pesticide residue can make your dog very sick, and can even kill him. For this reason, you should only use "pet-friendly" or "pet safe" yard supplies. (Check every label for this distinction.) IMPORTANT NOTE: Most snail bait can result in a death sentence for dogs who consume it. Look for the "pet safe" brands with this product in particular. Snail bait regularly attracts animals because it has a very tempting scent.
  • Excess Vomit Following Consumption of Grass: Excess vomiting following grass eating is a sure indicator that your dog is sick. The grass gets swallowed in long strands because the dog won't chew it completely when feeling ill. The long grass stimulates the stomach causing him to experience involuntary vomiting. When this occurs, a trip to the vet can ease the dog's ailment and your mind.
  • Habitual Grass Eating: Habitual grass eating may be a sign that your dog is lacking in needed nutrients. To make sure your dog is getting a balanced diet whether it's a strict kibble intake, wet intake, or a combination of both, look for labeling that boasts of complete nutrition for dogs. A pretty good indicator that a dog food is of good quality is when it offers real meat products (not meat by-products) as the first ingredient. (This is not a guarantee, so look for the "100% complete nutrition for dogs" stamp!)

Fasting helps relieve the discomfort of stomach problems in you and your dog.
Fasting helps relieve the discomfort of stomach problems in you and your dog. | Source


Always consult with a licensed veterinary medical professional for a proper diagnosis and approved methods of treatment before proceeding.

Holistic Treatments for a Dog's Upset Stomach

24-Hour Fasting for Dogs

Our dogs gain a real excitement when it comes to dinner time. Food, to a dog, consist of just about anything that fits in his mouth. Because of this, a dog with an upset stomach may not seem all that rare. After all, moldy trash to a canine is a real treat. Providing no blood is found in the vomit or stool, the drama of a queasy feeling dog can usually be resolved with a 24-hour fasting period.

This fasting time does have rules attached, which should be followed to keep your dog hydrated and safe.

What to Do During a 24-Hour Fast for My Dog

  • Adult dogs can manage a full 24 hour fast.
  • Younger dogs must receive small meals of easily digestible bland foods during the 24 hours period.
  • Supply plenty of fresh water, even though a sick dog may not want to drink, you must encourage liquid consumption.
  • Should the dog refuse to drink (sometimes drinking water makes the stomach feel worse), ice-cubes or ice-chips are in order. The crunch will feel more like food than water, which can result in the dog eating the ice, thus hydrating his body.
  • Following the 24 hour fasting period, reintroduce SMALL easily digestible bland meals to your dog three or four times a day, for the first day or two. (Boiled rice and bland chicken work well.)

If blood is found in vomit or stool, a visit to the vet is mandatory in all cases.

Boiled Rice and Chicken Diet for Dogs With an Upset Stomach

How to Prepare Boiled Rice and Chicken for Dogs

This is a really simple, yet effective treatment for dogs with an upset stomach. Boil skinless chicken and then white rice as you normally would, if you aren't sure how, follow this recipe:

How to Prepare White Rice for Dogs:

(If you boil the chicken first, you can use the bland unseasoned broth for cooking the rice. This will enhance your dogs appetite with or without a stomach ache.)

  • You need 1 cup unprepared white rice and 2 cups of water (or bland broth)
  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, then add the uncooked rice.
  • Return to a slow boil, cover, reduce heat to low, simmer for 20 minutes (or until the water has evaporated).
  • Fluff, allow to cool, and serve with cubed boiled chicken.

How to Prepare Chicken for Dogs:

  • Use boneless skinless chicken (The chicken skin will add fat that your dog may not be able to handle right now, and never give chicken bones to dogs.)
  • Add chicken to boiling water (NO SEASONING).
  • Boil chicken until completely cooked—(170°F internal temperature)—juices must run clear, showing no sign of blood. Allow to cool.
  • Cut chicken into small bite-sized cubes.
  • Add a small amount of chicken to a small amount of prepared white rice and feed to your dog according to age and size.

The age and size of your dog will determine the amount of chicken and rice to feed. Remember you are feeding really small portioned meals, no matter what size or age your dog may be. Your vet is the best source for determining your dog's specific meal size requirements.

Treating a Dog's Upset Stomach Using Ginger (Rather Than Mary Ann)

Will Ginger Help My Dog's Upset Stomach?

If you don't already know, ginger is well known not only for its wonderful spicy flavor, but also serves as a medicinal aide for stomach discomfort. We humans stir it into Asian dishes, and steep it into herbaceous teas, not just for the flavor, but as a natural cure for an upset stomach. Don't forget to share this helpful substance! If your dog has a stomach ache, be sure to share some ginger with him, as it works great for your K9 companion, too!

GoldenSeal for a Dog's Sick Tummy

Will Goldenseal Help My Dog's Upset Stomach?

Usually, goldenseal is used as a topical antibiotic, treating dogs who suffer from eye infections or those who have weepy eyes. When it is made into a tea for these applications, save a sip or two to treat a stomach ache in your dog. Goldenseal is helpful in treating stomach as well as bowel problems!

With a few natural remedies in your arsenal, your dog's problem stomach may turn out to be no problem at all!
With a few natural remedies in your arsenal, your dog's problem stomach may turn out to be no problem at all! | Source

Natural Treatment for a Dog's Upset Stomach

As long as you use common sense and have a genuine concern for your pets well-being, you can count on a long fulfilling life with your canine friend. Keep in mind that no matter what you do to help your sick dog; using herbs; bland food; or fasting, be sure to check in with your veterinarian. Even natural or herbal treatments can cause drug interactions in dogs taking prescribe medications. Your vet will know how to guide you in such situations.

Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs

While a chronic condition certainly requires a veterinarian or trained homeopath, there are a few common acute conditions you can treat using natural substances at home. (Never use homeopathic treatment in place of consulting a vet.) Remedies listed in the chart below are basic everyday natural treatments that you can use for simple acute conditions like a stomach ache or bee sting. Anything more serious than these, professional care is in order.

Natural Treatments and Remedies For Dogs

(click column header to sort results)
Aconitum Napellus (Aconite, or monkshood)
Sudden on-set shock and fever, emotional trauma, fear and panic.
Bryonia Alba (Wild hop)
Kennel cough prompted by movement, for pain that grows worse with motion stopping when at rest.
Chamomilla (Chamomile)
Helps dissipate pain especially in the mouth. Works well on teething puppies.
Cocculus (Indian cockle)
Great for dogs who get motion sickness when traveling. Also helps with exhaustion and sleeplessness.
Drosera (Round-leaf sundew)
Often first choice for dealing with spasmodic kennel cough considered violent hacking, like something is caught in the dogs throat.
Euphrasia (Eyebright)
A tonic for the eyes. Eye irritations that burn and sting. Possibly used for conjunctivitis.
Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's wort)
Nerve damage and shooting pain associated with it. Try it for painful injuries of the tail and paws, especially when caused by crushing or puncture wounds.
Mercurius Solubilis (Mercury, quicksilver)
Conditions with acrid discharges, like infected anal glands. Can also help treat gingivitis and bouts of liquidy, mucousy diarrea.
Nux Vomica (Poison nut)
Stomach ache from getting stressed or anxious. Try on dogs with indigestion, constipation, flatulence, gastric upsets and vomiting due to nervousness or overeating.
Pulsatilla (Windflower)
Helpful for clingy or sensitive dogs, especially those who suffer separation anxiety. Commonly used in false pregnancy.
Rhus Toxicodendron (Poison ivy)
Treats the very same condition that in larger doses it creates: rashes and hives, primarily those caused from contact with an irritant, such as poison ivy.
Silicea (Silica, pure flint)
Regenerate dead tissue and knit bones and tendons. Cleanses the body of congestion, infection and mucous. Also helps heal scar tissue.
Skin problems, allergic reaction manifested in itchy, angry-looking skin. Also used to treat coughs, infected ears, flatulence and diarrhea.
Thuja Occidentalis (Arbor vitae)
Antibacterial properties. Sometimes used to combat side effects of over-vaccination.
Urtica Urens (Stinging nettle)
Used on acute conditions that have a burning appearance and scalding pain, such as burns and hives.
Information is derived from "The Holistic Dog Book" By Denise Flaim & Dr. Michael W. Fox

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      MelindaJGH 2 years ago

      Our vet also recommends 1T of Kaopectate.

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      jim 4 years ago

      flat gingerale for a dogs upset tummy can it be used

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      basset hound ( oliver ) 4 years ago

      can you give a dog flat gingerale

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      T4an 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great information. Thank you for sharing. I have a large older dog and whenever he has become sick, I have given him rice mixed with his food. It has always settled his stomach. Voted up!

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      Ann 5 years ago from Round Rock, TX

      Great article. I am a vet tech so I am more familiar with the more medical treatment methods so this is good info. I love how you make sure to let people know that vet visits are still important when home treatments don't work! In regards to blood in the stool, this is more common in dogs than many people think. It is how most dogs respond to many GI issues, but really scares a lot of owners since it is something that would be of high concern for a human. Although, I am not saying it isn't a problem. Thanks for the great article!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL, we recently got a cat (Charlie Raisin). We decided that this was as much "extra responsibility" as we could handle right now, since cats are a little more independent. :) I would love to get a dog but not until my schedule is a little easier and the kids are just a little older to take on some of the responsibility. So I'm sure I'll be referring back to this in the future!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Cara! I can't believe you don't have a dog! I agree with you, why would we assume that human meds would be acceptable for canine peoblems, the doseages alone are of serious consideration. I sure appreciate that you found time to visit, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the article!

      Big HubHugs my friend~

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      alissaroberts~ So nice to see you here today, thank you for stopping by. Natural treatments definitely have their place in the care of our dogs. But, knowing when it is time to give the vet a call is important as well! It always nice to have options, especially when it comes to vet costs!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      rebeccamealy~ Pesticides can be that hidden poison which silently lurks in our backyard. When our dogs munch on this resideue covered grass, the suffering can be beyond repair. Thank you for leaving your comments, I really appreciate the support!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      livelonger~ So sorry you have a dog allergy, I would be mortified, to say the least! I wonder hoe a Chinese Crested would do for you,...they are virtually hairless! ;)

      Thank you so much for sharing your comments, I am always honored that you do!

      Big HubHugs and Shalom, my friened!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      What a fabulous source of information. Like Shanna said, if I had a dog, I would be referencing this often. We did have a couple of dogs growing up and I never once thought to use human medication for them. It's funny that people would think of that. Nicely done my friend!

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      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Such useful information for all dog owners! I never knew there were so many natural remedies for dogs - wow this will help tremondously cut down the vet bills. Great hub! Voted up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good food for thought here. My dogs chew on grass occasionally. I use to think they were really sick until I learned that it is normal in moderation.I never thought about pesticides though and I think this Hub will be of great interest!

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't even HAVE a dog but was enthralled by this Hub (I do love dogs, but am sadly allergic to them). Such great information! A terrific reminder that what works for us doesn't necessarily work for dogs, but that plenty of natural remedies are safe and effective for our canine friends. Thank you, HubHugs, and shalom, my friend!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Missolive~ Give Ollie a pat on the head for me! Sounds like he is one lucky K9 to have you as his friend. I think the chicken and rice will serve him well. I am so happy you liked the table and the Gilligan's Island riff! ;)Thank you for taking the time to stop by the HubHood today, I really appreciate it.


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Thanks Paulart! I appreciate that very much.


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      What a cute name 'Rosco' is! Thanks for leaving your remarks, I am very grateful for your valuable time!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      theclevercat~ Thank you for the comments. I was actually unaware of goldenseal until I did some research on dog's upset stomachs. I am so glad you found the hub pleasurable to read, that makes me feel like the work is worth the time!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      You are so very welcome Mary.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Chatkath! Big smile for K9 seeing you here today! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for the thumbs up, I really appreciate you!

      Namaste, & Big HubHugs my friend~

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Thank you so much for the high praise, Daisy. I am so happy that enjoyed the hub, even as you have no pets. Sure appreciate the HubLove!


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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Hi K9 - Great tips here. There are so many elements that we forget about. Such as the pesticides around the yard. My Ollie is getting up in age and his upset stomach days are a bit more frequent. He tends to naturally want to fast during these times. I had not even thought of ginger or goldenseal...that is so easy. I'll give the chicken and rice a try too. By the way, your table at the end is priceless. Great info K9.

      Thanks for throwing in the MaryAnn quip LOL. I love having a little chuckle whenever I read. :)

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      Paulart 6 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Nice information is given on this hub.

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      Teresa Coppens 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent hub. Lots of great info I will refer to when our pup Rosco shows signs of a tummy ache!

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      Rachel Vega 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, I never knew that about ginger and goldenseal! Thank you for a well-researched and pleasurable to read Hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, I just want to say thank you for your response to my question about flea prevention. I feel better now using the product to prevent fleas. When I no longer saw fleas after my daily inspection, I stopped using the product. Shortly after that, she begin to scratch until she had a "hot spot" where she had chewed all the way down. It took 3 visits to the Vet and her wearing a cone to get it cleared up. Have a wonderful day, and again, thanks!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      This is another must-read k9! Especially for dog parents, this is a thorough and comprehensive guide that provides an answer for everything! Rated up, useful, interesting and awesome -- Just like you my friend!

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      Daisy Mariposa 6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for publishing this very comprehensive, well-researched, well-written, well-formatted article. I personally don't own a dog or cat, but I know several people who do. I'm going to share this article with my followers, some of whom I know are pet owners.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      stephhicks68~ I have heard that epilepsy will cause queasiness following an episode (in dogs and in humans). Your dog is lucky to have you as his owner; good dogs deserve good people!

      Fantastic that you found the hub up to your high standards, honored that you approve. Glad you made it by today, I sure appreciate your valuable time my friend!


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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Awesome hub - love the chart you included! Like others, I am bookmarking for future reference. We have a dog with epilepsy, on anti-seizure meds, and he does appear to have an upset stomach after an episode at times. The 24 hour fast is good advice. Its great to have other options too. Thanks much! Steph

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Dog Adviser~ Thank you so much. I have to say that I really found your hub on "Early Socialization and Physical Development of the Newborn Pupppy" (and who doesn't love pictures of CUTE poppies?) a dynomite read. I will return to comment shortly. It has great information, and you made me fan right away! Sure appreciate that you stopped by today!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Shanna11~ You are so nice. I sure appreciate that you shared your comments here!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      mary615~ I think you must weigh the advantages and disadvantages for your little cutie. As long as she can tolerate the spot-on flea meds, and you are cautious in using it STRICTLY as directed and within the timeline for reapplications, things should be fine. My Golden has the same issue, so for me, the misery he encounters from flea bites far outweighs the downside of using the chemicals. Unfortunetaly, I have yet to find an effective flea treatment that is natural, and provieds the same level of flea protection (but I am always looking). The facts for me are this; when my dog gets bitten by fleas his skin allergy kicks into high-gear, swells and gets irritated, thus causing him to scratch and bite himself wildy. His skin erupts from these actions and often breaks open, his hair falls out and red angry raw flesh replaces powder pink furry skin. He is simply miserable. With the spot-on supplies, this is avoided all together. I think he would agree that the spot-on meds are his first choice--if he could talk ;). I hope this helps you.

      I hope you and your Miniature Schnauzer have a wonderfully long and itch free life!

      HubHugs Mary~

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      iamaudraleigh~ Thank you for leaving your kind remarks, and for the votes! I really appreciate it. I hope your parents find the hub as helpful as you do.


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      cclitgeirl~ I just love Labs, they are really great loyal dogs! I think you are very smart to always make sure that whatever you treat an animal with (natural or prescribed) you double-check. This is just a good practice. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts today!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Brett~ Thanks so much! Cute dogs in your profile image!

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      Sarah Falkner 6 years ago from Dog Advice

      Useful indeed. Thank you for the information. I will follow for more great info!

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      Shanna 6 years ago from Utah

      If I had a dog, this would definitely be my go-to reference. Full of lots of great information. Great hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      You are so knowledgeable in pets! I use K-9 Advantix II to prevent fleas on my 14# Miniature Schnauzer. She is terribly allergic to flea bites. I hate using this poison on her, but I hate for her to get flea bitten too. Am I doing the right thing by her? I voted this Hub UP,etc.

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      iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

      This will benefit my parent's dog and them. Nice job...voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      Comprehensive and I feel like I have a personal vet to consult with when it comes to my dog. He's a yellow lab and though he's 5.5 years old, he's still into everything. :D This is wonderful; I'm going to have to bookmark for future reference. I didn't know ginger and goldenseal were safe. I err on the side of caution and don't feed my dog anything herbal until I'm sure it's safe; my cats, too. But, I love herbal remedies and once I find out I can use something, I'm all over it. Thank you so such a great hub!

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      Brett Winn 6 years ago from US

      VERY nice job!!! Voted way up, and bookmarked!