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Ashwagandha for Pet Health

Ashwagandha is used as a natural alternative to treat animal health conditions too. After examination, proper diagnosis, and elimination of dietary, owner, or physical exercise issues, veterinarians trained in herbal medicine prescribe tonics containing ashwagandha to treat a number of conditions.3

Condition Herbal Ingredient Percentage to Whole Formula

Hyperactivity

Ashwagandha

40%

Motherwort

20%

Lemon Balm

20%

Chamomile

20%

 

Insomnia

Ashwagandha

40%

Chamomile

20%

Chaste tree

20%

Ginkgo

20%

Skullcap

20%

 

Intervertebral disk disease

Ashwagandha

10%

Capsicum

20%

Corydalis

30%

Kava kava

15%

Meadowsweet

20%

 

Paralysis of the face

Ashwagandha

45%

Capsicum

25%

Gelsemium

5%

Ginkgo

25%

 

Peripheral neuropathy

Ashwagandha

20%

Bacopa

20%

Lemon balm

20%

Passionflower

20%

St. John's Wort

20%

Experts suggest that ashwagandha may be an appropriate veterinary remedy for fungal ear infections, osteoarthritis, anemia, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and cancer. Studies in dogs show that ashwagandha extracts significantly lowers blood pressure. One of the studies suggests that the alkaloids in ashwagandha are responsible for this effect.3

Safety

As in humans, experts caution that large doses of ashwagandha may induce a miscarriage in pregnant animals. It also can potentially enhance the sedative effects of barbiturates, commonly used pharmaceutical drugs for anxiety and other mood disorders. Although considered relatively safe based on animal testing, large doses can cause diarrhea and vomiting.3

Recommended Dosage for Small Animals

Be sure to divide total dosage amount (based on body weight) by the recommended number of times per day to get the individual dose per administration.

Recommended Ashwagandha Dosage for Small Animals
Form Amount per kg of body weight Amount per 5 lb of body weight
(approx. conversion)
# Times per Day

Dried herb extract

50-125 mg

1-2¼ tsp

2

Whole herb

50-125 mg

¼-½ tsp

3-4

  Amount per 10 kg of body weight Amount per 10 lb of body weight
(approx. conversion)
 

Tincture
(prepared 1 part herb to 2 or 3 parts 35-45% alcohol)

1.0-2.5 mL

1/8-1/3 tsp

2

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