Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus) is a medicinal herb often used to boost the immune system to fight infections, or treat chronic illnesses in dogs, cats, fish, and horses. It is uniquely capable of stimulating some immune functions while depressing others. It has antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Astragalus also improves kidney circulation, normalizes heart function, stimulates T-cell activity, strengthens digestion, increases metabolic activity, and enhances DNA synthesis in the liver of pets.
Specific Pet Conditions Treated with Astragalus Root
- Hyperthyroidism in cats
- Suppressed immune function in horses suffering from Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)
- Suppressed immune function from cancer treatments
- Recovery from long-term steroid therapy
- Kidney disease
- Kennel Cough (Bordetella bronchiseptica) and other respiratory conditions
- Heart condition
- Bladder infection
The anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties offered by Astragalus membranaceus make it useful for the treatment and prevention of countless pet infections, including distemper, West Nile Virus, Influenza A viruses, etc. It’s a broad-spectrum treatment that is also useful in treating known and unknown bacterial and viral infections in aquarium fish.
The best results from Astragalus Root for pets are obtained from daily use. The Astragalus membranaceus herb is available in dry or extract forms. Most experts recommend extracts for animals as it’s easier to get them to ingest it. The most commonly recommended dosage is up to one drop of extract per pound weight of the animal, twice each day. However, we recommend consulting with a veterinary professional before administering Astragalus to avoid drug interactions or issues with existing conditions (such as autoimmune diseases).
Only Astragalus membranaceus should be used, as many other Astragalus species are toxic. Purchase from a reputable supplier (we like Starwest Botanicals) to ensure you are getting the right species.
??? Have you used Astragalus Root for your pet? Please share your experience in the comments below.
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