Why is Dandelion Good for Dogs
By Dr. Peter Dobias
Are you wondering what dandelions have to do with your dog’s liver and health?
Dogs are notorious for having elevated liver values, and the best way is to look after your dog’s liver is before this happens. For thousands of years, the canine species evolved in a relatively pure and non-toxic environment, but that has changed.
Food and Environmental toxin exposure are the most common reasons for dogs suffering from liver problems.
They drink water from puddles, they scavenge and eat things that they should not and they are also exposed more to car fumes and general pollution because their head is closer to the ground.
Your dog’s healthy liver is crucial to long life, and that is why I decided to add organic dandelion leaf and root to SoulFood - certified organic naturally cultured multivitamin that I introduced to you in August.
Before I delve into the medicinal effects of dandelion, here are a few interesting facts about this powerful plant.
Did you know that
- The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.
Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile.
- Today, people spend millions on toxic lawn pesticides to destroy healing plants such as the dandelion.
- Dandelion seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin.
- In many ways the strength, tenacity and the ability to survive reflects in “dent-de-lion’s” medicinal properties.
Medicinal properties of dandelion
According to modern naturopathic medicine dandelion has the ability to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, reduce the side effects of toxins and medication processed by the liver, and relieve symptoms of diseases in which the liver plays a role.
There is also emerging evidence that dandelion has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect and it has been also used for balancing the digestive tract.
Wondering if your dog’s liver is ok?
There are 2 ways of finding out.
- Examine the liver association points along the spine.
- Do an annual blood test for all dogs that are 6 – 7 years and older.
Liver and Gall Bladder Association points
are located along the spine at 10th and 11th thoracic vertebra. I suggest you count from behind the last rib. If you press at the “liver points” and find that your dog twitches, sinks back or looks back repeatedly, it may be because the liver is toxic or out of balance.
Annual blood test
I must confess that I have a love and hate relationship with blood testing. I am sure that most dogs would be quite happy to skip the blood collection part. It is hard to explain a needle and a syringe to a dog.
However, without testing, it is impossible to get a clear sense if your dog’s liver need more attention in addition to the general maintenance supplements that every dog should get.
Early detection of a slight liver enzyme elevation is much easier to treat than a full blown hepatitis or even a liver tumor.
Dandelion in SoulFood helps to gently cleanse the liver and reduce inflammation. The liver is an incredible organ and it is responsible for cleansing and detoxing the system, producing nutrients and vitamins and storing and processing nutrients.
Your dog’s liver has an amazing ability to regenerate if supported and nourished well.
I hope you will Say YES to dandelion and NO to chemicals, pesticides and processed food.
Your dog is worth it!
PS: Click here for more information on holistic approach to liver disease in dogs