Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a very common root found pretty much anywhere. It is known to be beneficial to dogs and you do well in including it in their diet.
What is Burdock (Arctium lappa)?
Burdock is basically a weed that can grow in any uncultivated space. The medicinal effects of the plant are only viable for the first years of the plant.
Historically, the seeds and the roots of this plant have been used for medicinal purposes. The fruit, conversely, can be hazardous to animals and humans. It is only recently that we got the good news that we can include it in the diet of our dogs.
The plant can be cooked like a potato. Dogs love its taste when cooked. You can give it to them cooked fresh or even in the form of powder.
Some of the functions of this herb include the stimulation of digestive juices and the secretion of bile. This helps keep a healthy digestive system in our pooches.
The root of burdock is rich in magnesium, iron, silicon, thiamine, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and chromium. These minerals, in balance, help keep the digestive health of our best friend.
Benefits of Arctium in Dogs
These are the benefits your dog will get when you include this plant to their diet:
- Aids appetite and digestion
- Absorbs toxins
- It can help treat canine dermal fibroblastosis
- Acts as a demulcent and astringent
- Laxative and diuretic
- There is evidence that supports its anti-tumor action
- It can be used to treat dogs with diabetes (dog disease: diabetes)
How to prepare Arctium
As explained later, the Burdock can be boiled and fed to your pet. You can also smash the dry roots to powder. This can later be used for an infusion.
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