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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Giving Your Dog Catnip If You Want Them To Stay Healthy

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If you have a feline friend, you most likely have a space in your cupboard for their beloved catnip. While you're aware it gives an energetic boost to your cat, many people don't know it has a positive effect on dogs as well.

Here are five reasons your dog would benefit from a little whiff of catnip.

1. Relaxation

Despite acting as a stimulant to your feline friends, catnip creates the opposite effect on dogs. The herb acts as a mild sedative and calms your dog down by reducing their anxiety in stressful situations. It's a good reminder for the next time your pooch has a date with their veterinarian.

2. Diuretic

If your dog has bladder problems, catnip may just be the simple solution you need. When turned into an oil, the liquefied plant will cause your dog to urinate by acting as a diuretic. It releases your pet's body of excess water, toxins, or waste from colds or allergies.

3. Intestinal Comfort

When your pooch is suffering from an upset stomach, catnip will be able to provide your animal with instant relief, especially when they're feeling gassy. When ingested, it'll help reduce cramps and spasms, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and prevent your dog from vomiting.

4. Easing Menstruation

For female canines, catnip has the power to ease the pain they experience when they are on their period, by stimulating blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. While it also helps regulate their menstrual cycle, catnip should never be given to dogs while they are pregnant.

5.  Healing Wounds

If your dog has come home with external wounds, catnip can act as an antiseptic. It contains the compound thymol, which makes it ideal to apply on cuts, scratches, or sores.

BONUS: Applying catnip to your four-legged friend creates an effective deterrent against hungry mosquitoes and fleas.

Will you be using catnip as a solution for your dog?

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