Essiac and Pets
Many animals including countless cats and dogs have taken our essiac over the years. The essiac suggested serving size for pets are our personal recommendations based on 30 years of experience in the essiac tea business.
Here are the suggested serving sizes.
If your pet weighs up to 15 lbs.
START WITH 1/2 oz. of tea per day. If tolerated well, Work up to 1/2 oz. of tea twice per day.
If your pet weighs 15-35 lbs.
START WITH 1/2 ounce twice per day. If tolerated well, Work up to 1 ounce twice per day.
If your pet weighs 35-55 lbs.
START WITH 1 ounce twice per day. If tolerated well, work up to 2 ounces twice per day.
If your pet weighs 55-85 lbs.
START WITH 2 ounces twice per day. Work up to 3 ounces twice per day.
If your pet weighs 85 lbs. or more
START WITH 3 ounces twice per day. Work up to 3 ounces three times per day.
Why build up?
Dogs, cats and most other pets have shorter digestive systems than humans, and therefore will be more susceptible to diarrhea. Due to this reason, the intake of essiac must be balanced against the downside of your pet suffering with diarrhea if the dose is too high. If you start out with a conservative dose as noted in the chairt and build up the dose over time, you have a better chance of the pet adapting to a higher dose. Through experimentation, you'll need to find the level of essiac intake that works best for your pet.
It's best when this tea is taken on an empty stomach. If you can give the essiac to your pet away from meal times, that is ideal. If you need to mix the essiac with the run-off from tuna or with broth in order to get it into the animal, that is the next best choice. If you need to mix it with food in order to get your animal to take it, that is better than not giving it at all. Some people use an eye dropper, syringe or a turkey baster to administer the essiac on an empty stomach, especially with cats.
I gave the essiac to my horse as she had stepped on a nail and was dealing with infection. It took many months to become better and she still has a limp. We thought we were going to lose her, but we didn't. I hope Essiac had something to do with it :)