My Dog Ate Ashwagandha What Should I Do?

By Kim •  Updated: 01/02/22 •  3 min read
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Dog Ate Ashwagandha

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Have you ever dropped some herbs or medication on the floor, and your dog jumped on it? Dogs are curious and seem to think if you drop something on the floor, it’s theirs to eat! This rule applies to everything, including ashwagandha! But what happens if your dog eats ashwagandha?

Has your dog eaten ashwagandha? Are you worried the ashwagandha will make him sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve put together some information about ashwagandha and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha, also called Withania Somnifera, is an adaptogenic herb that people take for conditions such as anxiety and stress. This herb is also starting to be used to also treat animals!

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This herb has been used in holistic medicine for hundreds of years. It’s been part of Indian Ayurvedic Medicine for that long and more. The ashwagandha powder is given to people to restore their health and is used to ease stress and anxiety.

In pets, the herb is being used for the same purpose. Dogs and cats feel stress and anxiety, too. Ashwagandha helps reduce their stress caused by separation anxiety, the environment, thunderstorm anxiety, and more.

The dosage for dogs depends on their age, weight, and size. Instructions are usually included in the herb’s packaging. The vet may also provide guidance on the right dosage for a dog.

Can Ashwagandha Make a Dog Sick?

That’s a great question! If the dog takes too much of the supplement, the answer is yes. It’s possible he could be poisoned. However, the herb is safe for most dogs when taken at the correct dosage.

If your dog has gotten into the supplement and eaten too much of the ashwagandha, then it’s best to call the vet right away. There’s not much information (that we could find) on the toxicity of this herb in dogs. So, it’s best to call the vet for advice on how to proceed.

We strongly urge you to call right away rather than waiting for symptoms to appear. It can take time for symptoms to show. By that time, the dog could possibly be very ill. So, don’t delay. Call the vet right away for advice!

Remember, accidents do happen, but prevention is always the best medicine!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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