Skullcap: the calming herb

skullcapThis herb used to be called the Mad Dog Weed or Mad Dog Skullcap because it was thought to cure rabies. It can be used as a fresh herb, dried herb or tincture. It can help relieve nervous tension and excitability in dogs and cats. It is often used to help with pain recovery or trauma in these animals and unlike some other calming herbs, it does not make the pet drowsy. You can find a great source of dried Skullcap at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Here is a good article to show all the ways this herb has been used:
Scullcap is an Effective Calming Herb

A couple of good books to pick up to help you:
Herbs for Pets by Wulff-Tilford & Tilford
Mountain Medicine by Darryl Patton

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.