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Is Ashwagandha Safe For Pets?

Herbs For Pets 2 min read
Dried ashwagandha root, ashwagandha powder, and fresh ashwagandha leaves on a wooden table top. Is Ashwagandha safe for pets?

Ashwa-what? Ashwagandha! Wow, that’s a mouthful. You may or may not have heard of this ancient herb that has a long history of use in Ayurvedic Medicine! And you may be asking yourself, “but is ashwagandha safe for pets?” Keep reading to find out!

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that is also known as “Indian Winter Cherry” or “Indian Ginseng”, and it is said to give the strength of a horse! Well, literally translated, the herb means horse (ashva) smell (gandha) in Sanskrit. Various parts of the plant are used, but the most common part extracted is the root. This herb is traditionally used to promote vitality and clear the mind.

Medicinal Properties of Ashwagandha

Studies have shown a range of health benefits for ashwagandha, suggesting it may help to decrease anxiety, help reduce insomnia and fatigue, help relieve symptoms of depression, and also help reduce inflammation and overall discomfort. Traditionally, it has been used for helping to rejuvenate the body and to help strengthen muscle tone (to recover from weakness or injury) as well as calm nervous exhaustion.

Ashwagandha is beneficial for helping to reduce diarrhea.

One of the main uses of ashwagandha is to help with stress. It works by helping reduce the cortisol levels in the body. High levels of cortisol happen when there is stress, which causes the heart to pump harder and faster. The root extract is also beneficial for nourishing the blood in anemia cases, helping to fight bacterial infections, and helping to reduce diarrhea.

Close up of the Ashwagandha plant's leaves and flowers.

Since ashwagandha is considered an adaptogenic herb, (which means non-toxic, health-promoting plant), it helps the body adapt to various kinds of stress and encourages healing.

How To Use Ashwagandha Safely For Pets

Ashwagandha can be very beneficial for humans as well as pets! But just like anything, too much of a good thing can still be too much. Ashwagandha is safe for pets when the dosage is based on their size. It is best to only use ashwagandha when formulated to be at a safe dosage for your pet or under the guidance of your veterinarian.


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Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: January 5, 2022

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