Category: Health Related


by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner Yarrow is a perennial herb, native to Europe and Asia and found in most countries throughout the world. Yarrow is common along Dayton roadsides and in old fields, pastures, and meadows. Yarrow grows to 20 inches high, with finely cut leaf segments – very feathery and fern-like (see […]

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by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner Easily grown Marigolds are tasty, nutritious, and very healthy for small pets. Marigold leaves are pleasantly peppery; I’ve never met a rabbit who did not like them. Marigolds thrive in full sun and are easily grown (save the seeds and grow them for “free” next year). Marigolds are […]

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by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner Thyme is native to Asia, southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, and is also cultivated in North America. Thyme has a long history of use in natural medicine. Thyme contains a variety of difficult-to-pronounce volatile oils which are involved in the healing process: carvacolo, borneol, geraniol and thymol. […]

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Perennial Herbs

Written by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner Now is the time to start thinking about next year’s herb gardenHerbs are extremely nutritious for small pets as well as people, and pets find them quite tasty. Often a pet whose appetite has fallen off due to stress or illness will eat herbs when nothing else […]

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Ribwort for Rabbits

Healthy, nutritious and free – for rabbits, small pets and people too! Plantago lanceolata is a species of plantain also known as ribwort or buckhorn plantain or narrowleaf plantain. Both narrowleaf and broadleaf plantain are perennial herbs which grow happily in even the poorest soils. The long leaves, slightly wider in the middle, grow erect […]

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