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Friday, March 27, 2009

St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herbal tranquilizer and antidepressant. The active components include hypericin and hyperforin. This herb raises levels of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine which helps maintain normal mood and emotional stability.

In dogs and cats this herb is used for depression, separation and certain forms of aggression. Some supplements combine this herb with other sedating herbs like Valerian, passion flower and others. I have given this to my cat with seizures to help calm her. St John's Wort may also be helpful as an antibacterial and antiviral agent.

Dose 1/8 to 1/4 of the human dose recommended on the label.


amy said...

What dosing did you use for the cat? I have a 10 lb TERROR who, I swear, is bi-polar. He knows he's upset but can't control his actions. Don't want to sedate him.

Cheri said...

Amy - my vet always told me to give 1/8 to 1/4 of human dosages to pets when using herbs/ So it a human was to take 1 tablet - give your pet 1/8. I sprinkle it in wet food. Hope it helps. Valerian also helps or a combination of calming herbs for children in a dropper is great. Health food stores carry them. They are alcohol free.

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