Chamomile relieves the aches, pains and anxiety of a traveling pet

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The Germans refer to chamomile as alles zutraut, meaning 'capable of anything.' When traveling, this can be a very space-saving solution for a multitude of issues that can plague a traveling cat or dog (or human).

Internally, chamomile is known to alleviate indigestion, diarrhea and gas. It is also widely recognized for relieving anxiety. Most animals enjoy the mellow taste, making chamomile easy to administer.

To help prevent nervousness or an upset stomach before ever leaving home, simply add between half and a full teaspoon (depending on the weight of your furry baby) of either strongly brewed and cooled organic chamomile tea or a few drops of a chamomile tincture to your pet's water. For cats, it is sometimes easier to just squirt the chamomile tea or tincture directly into the mouth using a dropper or syringe (sans needle, of course).

As an added bonus, chamomile acts as a mild sedative. This is especially helpful if you will be spending time in an airport or setting out for a long drive.

While traveling, so many little things can affect your pet. From allergens in hotel rooms, to bug bites, to bacteria in water and more. Chamomile's anti-inflammatory activity is perfect for not only healing tummies, but for inflamed eyes and itchy ears, too. Simply apply several drops to a cotton ball and wipe the affected area. Tea works best for eyes; tincture for ears. Chamomile is also a powerful antiseptic. For small wounds, bites and scratches, apply the tincture directly or mix with some oil - coconut, shea butter and olive work well - and apply to affected area.

Chamomile tea (bagged or loose) is readily available throughout the world. Tinctures can be found in most health stores or you can make your own using the dried herb and either alcohol or glycerin. The glycerin formulas are best for pets.

For more information on chamomile and other herbs for pets, including how to make tinctures and ointments, I recommend these books (available everywhere, including Amazon):

Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care
Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Cat Care

Happy drama-free travels!



Jodi Ziskin, our Traveling with Pets Editor, is a Holistic Wellness Consultant for Animal Companions, specializing in nutrition and proactive health. She is a Certified Pet Nutrition Consultant who also holds a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. Through her company Holistic Jodi, LLC, Jodi makes house calls throughout South Florida, helping cats, dogs, birds and rabbits be as healthy and happy as possible.


She and her husband Zach live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with their two cats, Obi and Emma.


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