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Pet's Indoor Garden or Balcony garden

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If you refer back to our pet wellness post you know that one of the fundamental steps in your pet's well-being is allowing them to do things as instinctively as possible. 

One of the very first senses a cat or dog has when it's born is its sense of smell not sight. This in itself is a great indicator of the importance of allowing your cat or dog to be able to sniff things out and investigate.

Plants and herbs have been used as healing methods for centuries worldwide. treating everything from common colds – ginger through to poppy seeds for pain, used in conventional medicine as morphine. Like even conventional medicine, plants can have side effects if not used properly, overdosed or are mis-used. But, your animal knows better than you what it needs as it's totally in tune with its natural instinct to feed on plants, greens and other raw food.  

Your pets' system (and yours!) is much better adapted to plant and herbal treatments than chemicals/conventional medicines. Added to this, science is understanding that plants have an intelligence unable to be replicated in normal medicine as plants are ever adapting and changing to the environment they grow in. Science hasn't even scratched the service in knowing all the complexities of a plants micro and macro nutrients that gives our body not only nutrition, but also helps to overcome major diseases. Think lemons for cancer. Check out our essential oil guide for cats and dogs to see how amazing plants are in treating your pet's health and yours too.  

Whether you're living in a tiny studio apartment  with just a windowsill or a palace, it's important that your pet has access to green edible plants as building a sensory and herb garden for your dog and cat allows them to spend time selecting what herbs or plants he wants/needs any given time. Edible plants are an important part of your dog and cat's need to have a good diet and digestion.

These are the top ten plants that work well for both cats and dogs that should be scattered around your living space. 

If you're looking for ideas on how to make your apartment, balcony, patio etc. more exciting for your pet check out our board here on https://ar.pinterest.com/authenticapets/mascotas-departamento/

Planting a few of these so they are available in your pet's immediate environment can go a long way to helping your pet's overall well-being as giving them access to non toxic "greens" helps them balance their nutrients. Just make sure you don't put any chemicals on these plants to help them grow as they'll be toxic to your cat or dog. These plants, should be your pet's organic garden.


Top 10 plants for your pet. 


Wheatgrass 

​High in essential nutrients and rich in protein Wheatgrass is a great antioxidant. It can also acts as an antibacterial and is often used in human health for helping to treat serious illnesses as it contains around 100 different elements. 

It's one of the few plants that is extremely high in chlorophyll which is essential for helping tissue renewal. It can help your pet eliminate toxins in its body so this is a really good plant to have around. 

This grows great in pots or if you've got more space, you could plant this in a tray rather than a pot and your pet could use it as a grassy area to enjoy whilst also having access to its edible healing properties. 

If your pet can have access to only one plant in your home, then wheatgrass should be it.


Catnip (Nepeta cataria​) 

​This is part of the mint family of plants and can help with upset stomachs and acts as a sedative. 

It's good for lowering fevers as it encourages sweating and helps treat digestive infections. It can make cats excited but they love having access to this plant and will often be seen rubbing themselves into the plant itself, as it gives them a sort of high. 

If eaten it will act as a sedative for your pet so it's a great natural sedative for nervous pets.


German Chamomile 
(Matricaria Chamomilla)

​You could plant German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) as it can be really effective in helping with the digestive system, especially for things such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion issues and loss of appetite. 

It's also great for stomach cramps or gas and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy remedy and has been used to soothe skin allergies as well. 

Other chamomile plants can be toxic to your dog or cat so it's essential you just plant German Chamomile.


Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis) 

​The main usage of Valerian is to help reduce stress, reduce nervous tension and promote sleep. It's also been known to be used in helping reduce high blood pressure, muscle tension, depression, unitary tract infections and insomnia. This is a great relaxing plant to have around. (Conventional medicine commonly use Valerian in sleeping tablets).

Cats will tend to go crazy for the root more than the plant itself. But you don't want to medicate your cat with Valerian root as too much could have a negative effect and cause toxicity in your cat. Allow your pet to self select. He'll know when he's had enough to help him heal.


Cat grass (Dactylitis Glomerata​) 

​Cat grass has essential folic acid in it that enables it to work within cells in the body to help keep blood oxygenated. Don't let the name fool you into thinking it's just for felines, this also works for dogs too. 

The most common usage of cat grass by your pet, would be to help them vomit. This is a good thing as it's your pet's natural way or eliminating toxins in their digestive system. 

In the wild, animals eat grass to help their digestive system, cats use grass to help them regurgitate for example hairballs or parts of prey they can't digest. So allowing your pet access to this grass enables them to select this plant as and when they feel the need to regurgitate. 


Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

 

​This is considered to be more of a healthy vegetable plant containing lots of micro-nutrients, minerals and vitamins. 

Again, this could be used by your pet to help them regurgitate. It's an alternative to both cat grass and catnip but it does have its own healing properties in the form of helping reduce blood pressure and heart rate, it also acts as a natural air purifier helping remove toxins from the air. 

Spider plants are great to have in your home especially if you live in the heart of the city. They are also easy to grow and very resilient so if you've not got a green thumb, this would be an ideal starter plant as it's pretty hardy and it's easy to pick off shots for re-planting.


Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis​)

​This is a great addition to have in your home, not only can you use it in your cooking, Rosemary is considered an uplifting herb because of its aroma and is known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. 

Rosemary acts as both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and has many active compounds that help support healthy blood circulation, can increase low blood pressure, help with rheumatism and has been known to stimulate the adrenal glands. In studies in Japan they've also found that some of the properties in this herb, help with nerve repair and are potentially anti-cancer. (1) 

This is a great plant to allow your pet access to and it's easy to grow.  


Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense)

​The importance of this plant is it's naturally occurring silica content which can be readily absorb by your pet. 

It's important in your cat or dog's overall health as it supports the regrowth of connective tissue. It's also largely considered a wound healer as it's be known to work in stopping bleeding in wounds, helps in repairing of damaged tissue, used in urinary tract infections especially where there is blood, cases of cystitis, rheumatism, swelling and irritable skin conditions. It has a lot of healing functions for the body especially for more serious ailments but generally works along the lines of an anti-inflammatory and diuretic. (1)

This is a great addition if your pet has urinary issues (especially cats) but talk to your vet to understand the levels needed to administer this natural healer to your pet.


Echinacea

 

​Another great addition to add to your pet's garden as it helps with your pet's immune system. It's known for fighting both viral and bacterial infections, eliminating toxins and helps with healing skin infections. 

It's primary use is in helping those pet's that have an under-performing immune system but it also works well for other infections such as fungal. It can also help with the healing of burns, cuts and sores.


Lavander 

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​This would make a great addition to the home with it's beautiful sweet aroma and is considered more of a herb than a plant but nonetheless it offers your pet some great healing benefits in the form of it helps relieve anxiety, is an antidepressant and neuro-protector. As with humans it's calming for animals too.

This works well if your pet can nibble on this plant but over eating can cause toxicity so be mindful of how much your pet is munching on this herb. 

It's more probable that your dog would over-eat on this plant than your cat so consider placing it in an area that is harder to get too, especially if your dog loves to chew on everything.

​It's great to have a selection of these plants around for you pet so they can self select what they need.  You can also work with your pet's needs by cutting a few springs and popping them into your cat or dog's water bowl to allow any healing properties to seep into its water. Just make sure if you're the one selecting the plant that you work along side your vet to ensure you don't over dose and cause toxicity. And don't forget, you can use them too and make them into a tea.

Also if your pet is ill, speak with your vet about giving your pet access to these plants to ensure that they don't interact with any other medicine your pet may be on.

Plants have extremely powerful healing properties but you need to know what you're doing if you decide to take on the role of administering plants and herbs to your pet ,or work with a specialist in Pharmacognosy.

The best option is growing a garden where your pet can select the plants or herbs he or she needs, as and when. 

Just plant and leave your pet to wander through your mini garden to chose what she wants to munch on.


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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website and articles are based on the opinions of the people at Authentica. The information contained within is not intended to replace that of your qualified vets or intended as medical advice. We are sharing knowledge and information but in no way should this pertain you from seeking proper professional medical/veterinary advice. We encourage you to do your own research and make your own decisions on your pet's health in conjunction with your vet. Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy of information. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors. Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements and those of your pet. If you become aware of any material on the website that you believe infringes your or any other person's copyright, please report this by email to info@authenticapets.com so we can immediately rectify the issue.

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