Primary Medicinal Uses
Highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and diuretic (stimulates urination)
Can be given in capsules, as an infusion, via liquid extract or dried herb sprinkled onto food.
Common Uses

Alfalfa contains a wide spectrum of nutrients and is very high in protein, trace minerals, dietary fibre and vitamins.

Alfalfa is known as one of the best treatments for arthritis and other inflammatory joint diseases in pets.

It is also believed that alfalfa has cancer-preventative qualities, by inactivating carcinogens in the liver and small intestine before damage is caused.

Alfalfa can help with blood clotting disorders due to high levels of coumarin, which has anticoagulant properties.

Saponin in alfalfa can help with the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, and may stimulate production of growth hormone by the body. This can help an underweight animal gain weight, without putting additional stress on the body systems.

Alfalfa helps to alkalinize the urinary tract, which can help prevent irritation of the bladder or crystal formation.

Alfalfa can also improve brain function, by providing essential nutrients for proper nerve function.


Apply directly to food, one pinch per 10lbs of body weight daily (approx 1tsp for a 50lb dog). Start slowly and assess dog’s reaction after 3-4 weeks, then adjust amount accordingly.

Alfalfa Tea: Add 4 tsp dried alfalfa to boiling water, steep for 10-20 minutes, strain and cool. Can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Add 1/4cup per 10lbs to food or water bowl. Monitor over 3-4 week period and adjust amount accordingly.

Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets. Irvine, CA: BowTie, 1999. Print.