What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is also known as Indian Ginseng. It’s an evergreen shrub found in India and South Asia. Classified as an adaptogen, it can improve our ability to cope with stress. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal effects.
This herb contains high levels of iron and can reduce anemia. It contains a high concentration of alkaloids and withanolides, which reduces inflammation. It can lower blood sugar and improve cholesterol levels. And when used for anxiety, it can lower cortisol levels and reduce stress on the adrenal glands.
How can it help?
Ashwagandha is best known for its anti-anxiety and stress-relieving effects. And if you’re looking for a holistic alternative to anti-depressant drugs, this herb can help. Both safe and effective for easing stress and reducing cortisol levels in dogs.
Side Effects of Ashwagandha
Ashwangandha is very safe for dogs. If given in large doses, it can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
It’s best to avoid in pregnant dogs due to an increased risk of miscarriage.
The recommended dosage of Ashwagandha in dogs is 300mg - 1500mg twice daily.
Start with a low dose once daily to assess how your dog tolerates ashwagandha. If your dog isn’t showing signs of stomach upset or diarrhea, start giving twice daily. Every few days, you can increase the dose until reaching the desired dose.
My dog, Phoenix, has been dealing with a myriad of health issues, which has affected his mental health. His increased stress has caused dog fights that injured his canine brothers.
Since adding ashwagandha to Phoenix’s food, I've noticed an immediate change in his mood. He is more resilient and less anxious during stressful situations. The dog fights have ceased (so far). And he's engaging in play with his brothers.
Bottomline, Phoenix has been a happier dog since adding ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha has been around for centuries. While it’s been used for human health, it’s being used more to help dogs cope with stress and anxiety.
This holistic herb is safe and effective for dogs. But it’s best to talk with your veterinarian before starting any new supplement.
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