Chamomile for Dogs: Benefits and Uses

Dog sat in a field wearing a chamomile flower crown

Chamomile has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to ease stress, soothe a troubled tummy, and even heal wounds. Of course, health benefits for pet parents don’t always apply to dogs, but many vets are now taking advantage of the health benefits of chamomile to treat our four-legged best friends!

What is chamomile?

Chamomile tea

Chamomile is a daisy-like plant commonly used for herbal teas. Best known for its calming properties, chamomile is safe for dogs and full of health benefits. In fact, it is one of the safest herbs you can offer your dog! Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, sedative, and antispasmodic properties.

Benefits of chamomile

Dog sat in a field of chamomile flowers

Although, like many other herbal remedies, there have been limited studies of chamomile for dogs, here are just a few ways in which it may benefit your dog:

  • Ease gut issues – chamomile can help relax muscles in the stomach and bowel which in turn may help ease upset stomach, inflammatory bowel disease, and stomach ulcers
  • Sooth irritated eyes – the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile can soothe itchy eyes. It will also help to heal any irritation from scratching at the inflamed area. It also has antiseptic properties which make it a good alternative for a natural eye rinse.
  • Relieve skin itchiness/inflammation – chamomile reduces swelling and has anti-microbial properties to help heal skin infections.
  • Calm a stressed-out dog – due to its natural calming properties, chamomile can help to calm anxious dogs and those who are hyperactive. It’s also thought to help with symptoms such as insomnia.

How to give your dog chamomile

Depending on your dog’s needs, it can be given in the form of powder, capsule, liquid or as a topical ointment/cream. Chamomile dog treats are an easy way for your dog to receive its benefits.

Before you give your dog chamomile in any form, it’s essential to check with your vet to determine the proper dosage.

Side effects of chamomile for dogs

As with anything, there is always the potential for side effects. Rarely, sensitivity to chamomile can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and/or allergic reactions. It should not be given to dogs who are known to be allergic to plants in the same family as chamomile such as ragweed. It is always recommended to consult with your vet before adding chamomile to your dog’s regime.