l have spent countless hours over their lives cursing dandelions while pulling them out of our English style lawns. Lawn grass is a European creation and we have been taught all of lives to loathe the bright yellow flows atop a gangly stem with broad green leaves at the base in our yards. I have used many an implement to pull these flowers up from my yard. Who knew that pesky little yellow flowering weed growing in your yard had so much to offer not just to human health but that man’s best friend can reap the same benefits from them as well. Now I look at those little yellow flowers and wonder how to harvest them rather than considering them my yard enemy.

Dot’s Wonder Pet VItality and Arthritis formulas contain all natural dandelion leaf. Did you know there are many beneficial remedies of Dandelion root, flowers and leaves:.

Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout your playmate’s body. This can relieve pain and swelling in athletic pets or arthritis associated with our aging companions. Dandelion is great support for liver and kidney and an excellent digestive aid.

Dandelion is high in essential vitamins like calcium and Vitamin K, and antioxidants Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C and D in conjunction with the minerals potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It’s a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, too all of which are highly beneficial to your pet’s well being and gives a boost their immune system.

Dandelion can benefit Fido and Fluffy’s skin to keep it healthy and shiney and aid with depression if your fur baby suffers from separation anxiety. I now see dandelions in my yard as a beautiful herb to be thankful for. Not only can our fur babies benefit from dandelions, but we can as well.

Fur babies can easily enjoy the benefits of dandelion in Dot’s Wonder Pet Products, but we can take a cue from My Aunt Clara. My Aunt Clara swore by Dandelion Tea so here is a quick recipe for everyone to enjoy the benefits of the lowly Dandelion hot or iced. Here are a couple tea recipes for dandelions. As with anything new to your diet, check with your medical provider before trying.

Dandelion Flower Tea Recipe

8 Dandelion flowers

12 oz. Boiling water

Honey or sugar to taste

Instructions for brewing Dandelion Flower Tea

Pour boiling water over flowers and let steep for five minutes. Add honey, sugar, lemon or lime to taste.

Dandelion Leaf Tea Recipe

To make about a quart of dandelion tea, fill a kettle with 1 quart of water and ½ quart of fresh, chopped dandelion leaves. Bring water to a boil; boil for 5-10 minutes. Strain dandelion leaves from water, sweeten, and serve hot or allow to cool, refrigerate, and serve cold.