Do you like chamomile tea? I have to admit that it’s a tea that I’ve grown to enjoy as I’ve grown wiser. Have you seen a lot of dog products with chamomile? It came across my path for my dog, Henry a few years ago when he was taking a training class. His instructor suggested chamomile might help with his excitement. That was my first time hearing about chamomile for dogs. Since then I’ve tried it for Henry. Moreover, I’ve discovered various benefits for chamomile. Today, let’s dig in and discover if chamomile for dogs is any good.
Budget tip: Chamomile is one of those cheap items you may have in your kitchen now. It could help your dog with a multitude of issues for pennies. The key is to not overdo it and ask your vet as you would anything before giving it to your dog. But if your dog responds positively, it can be a big game changer in helping your dog while not busting your budget. That’s a big win-win!
What is chamomile anyhow?
Chamomile is a plant that comes in two main varieties. German chamomile and Roman chamomile. Chamomile is widely known for its calming, sedative, and anti-inflammatory properties. They are both white flowers.
Is chamomile safe for dogs?
Yes! In fact, it’s considered a very safe herb for dogs. I’ve tried it for Henry.
What are the benefits of chamomile for dogs?
While there’s not a lot of hard evidence on the benefits of chamomile for dogs, there is anecdotal evidence. Moreover, chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can be great for your dog. Overall, some of the benefits of chamomile for your dog include:
- Anxiety (mostly mild anxiety)
- Dry paws
- Ear infections
- Eye infection
- Itchy skin
- Upset stomach
How can I give chamomile to my dog?
There are a lot of safe ways to give chamomile to dogs. These include:
- Tea bag for drinking, bathing, or a soaking washcloth for eye compress (i.e., chamomile dog shampoo)
- Powder – dust after a bath for itch
- Liquid for drinking or spray
- Capsule for ingesting (i.e., chamomile supplements for dogs)
- Essential oil for paws and skin
- Salve for dry skin or irritated skin
- Cream for dry skin or even a minor bug or flea bite
- Spray for dry skin, itchy skin, or even sensitive skin
Additionally, you can find chamomile mixed in dog baths, shampoo, and conditioner. You can even make your own chamomile spray for itch. Which is super simple!
How can I make a homemade chamomile spray for my dog?
There are many ways to make a dog chamomile spray. However, this is what I tend to do for Henry:
Boil 3-4 cups of water
Add 4 chamomile tea bags (only chamomile)
Let it sit until it cools
Transfer to a spray bottle
Use as your dog needs
How much chamomile should I give my dog?
Honestly, you will need to consult your vet. Chamomile is one of those products that can be very unique to a dog. While there are dosage suggestions, there are other considerations as well. At least call your vet and ask for advice. Or if you have pet insurance you may be able to call the vet helpline.
Are there any side effects of giving my dog chamomile?
Never give more chamomile to your dog than prescribed or for longer than prescribed. It could cause issues such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Skin irritation
What was the outcome of using chamomile for Henry?
I tried to give chamomile water (chamomile tea) to Henry, but he didn’t like it. I suppose it’s a taste he would need to grow into like me. However, I do use it in his DIY wipes and spray, which seems to help any itch issue. But I don’t use either daily. As such, I think they are helpful to him. He doesn’t seem to mind.
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Summary of Is Chamomile for Dogs Any Good?
In the end, I have to say that chamomile might be good for your dog. I know Henry certainly doesn’t like the taste of chamomile. But I have put it on his paws or coat without issue and it helps with itchy allergies. His vet says that short-term use is fine. I don’t think I’d ever use it as a daily remedy just because there is a chance it could cause an issue. However, in the short run, it does help. Besides, when I get a sniff of him after being sprayed or wiped down in chamomile, he smells lovely. I’m not sure if he likes that or not. But I certainly do!