Herbs for Pets
We discuss herbs for pets (cats, dogs and horses) here. Many of us are introduced to the realm of herbal medicine by using herbs as direct replacements for over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Like drugs, herbs can be used to treat the symptoms of disease effectively. Unlike many drugs, herbs are relatively safe and gentle medicines - they are very forgiving, offering a much greater margin of error and fewer adverse side effects.
Most drugs are composed of specific chemical compounds that have been isolated from their source (or synthesised), and concentrated to maximum potency. A medical plant, however, consists of dozens, sometimes thousands, of interactive or inert natural chemical components. Many sceptics argue that herbal solutions are less effective and unsafe because of the concentrations of active constituents are too low and are variable from plant to plant.
Food and medicine are of the same origin ...
~ Japanese Proverb
To the herbalist, the presence of scientifically proven compounds is only part of what makes a plant useful. Instead of focusing on isolated chemical components, the herbalist accepts the inexplicable synergy that exists among all components of the plant's chemistry and all components of the physical and non-physical recipient. In the mind of the herbalist, this is what makes herbal solutions safe, effective, and unique. The whole plant is always greater, and usually safer, than the sum of its parts.
But here are a few important things to remember:
- keep in mind that herbs are slower acting than most drugs. Expectations of rapid results is perhaps the greatest cause of frustration and failure among would-be herbalists or recipients. The difference between successful herbal therapy and resorting to a shot of say, prednisolone, often amounts to a day or two of patient waiting;
- when using herbs as direct replacements for allopathic medicines, don't expect results beyond those you would expect from the drugs you are replacing. The only difference in therapy when using herbs as drug substitutes is the medicinal device; the curative depth of the therapy remains the same;
- if you opts to use herbs symptomatically, it is important to remember that you will likely end up discouraged if you expect to find a cure.
The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
Please ensure that you are familiar with our medical disclaimer. We provide these herbals solutions for your convenience only, and because we know they work for the conditions that these solutions have been formulated for.
It is an unfortunate reality of life, worms can invade your fur kid’s body when they smell, drink, lick, and ingest dirt, rotten meat, trash and even poop. If your fur kids play around in the backyard or walks around where other dogs can defecate, you might not even notice how they pick up unseen worm eggs or larvae. Dogs can also pass worms to other dogs, and even humans, simply through normal socialization. We discuss this topic in greater detail.
Did you know - your dog’s liver is his (or her) second largest organ, next to its skin? And in this case, size matters, because the liver is central to your fur kids’ health and wellness. We discuss how you can use herbs to help the machinery keep on working.
The skin is an indicator of health. When treating conditions of the skin including the ears, make sure your health practitioner uses a complete approach focused on causative factors. We discuss typical herbs and our offerings in more detail.
Dogs and cats, just like humans, can have allergies. More than 30% of all skin irritations in our pets and fur kids can be attributed to allergies. Allergens can be found in foods, inhaled allergens like weed, tree and grass pollens, moulds or fungi, insects, carpet fibres and even other pets. The age of onset for initial allergy symptoms is usually between 6 months and 3 years of age.
Addison’s disease , also called hypoadrenocorticism , is an uncommon disease of dogs and occurs very rarely in cats. The cause is unknown in some cases; in others it appears as an immune-mediated disorder in which the pet’s body makes antibodies that destroy its own adrenal glands. We discuss this topic chiefly.
The most common skin disorder we come across daily when meeting new pet parents and fur kids is allergic (atopic) dermatitis , or more correctly, canine atopic dermatitis (CAD). This condition results in itchiness after exposure to environmental (usually airborne) allergens (foreign protein that induce allergies). Part 2 of the discussion.
The most common skin disorder we come across daily when meeting new pet parents and fur kids is allergic (atopic) dermatitis , or more correctly, canine atopic dermatitis (CAD). This condition results in itchiness after exposure to environmental (usually airborne) allergens (foreign protein that induce allergies). We discuss this topic in great detail.
Arthritis is a collective term for acute or chronic inflammation of joints, and is a common condition in dogs and a rare condition in cats. Arthritis technically means “inflammation of the joint”. Inflammation is characterised by swelling, stiffness, and pain; therapy is designed to counteract these effects of inflammation. We discuss this condition in greater detail.
Bladder infections usually occur as bacteria normally living in and around the lower urinary tract ascend (go up) the urinary tracts through the urethra and infect the normally sterile bladder. Bacterial infections of the urinary tract will result in symptoms that include fever, backache, painful and frequent urination, lethargy, and blood in the urine. We discuss this topic in chief.
When it comes to our pets, there’s no national organization that tracks the occurrence of cancer. We do know that many common human cancers are not prevalent in pets, but there are other cancers we do acquire in common, including breast (mammary gland) cancer, lymphoma, skin cancer that takes the form of mast cell tumours in pets, and bone cancer. We touch lightly on this very emotional topic.
Constipation (obstipation, megacolon), often suspected by pet parents but in fact, rarely diagnosed, occurs when the pet is unable to properly evacuate his bowels. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Canine hyperadrenocorticism , commonly known as Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism , results in overproduction of adrenal gland hormones, most commonly glucocorticoids . The disorder is relatively common in middle-aged to older dogs and rare in cats. We discuss this condition chiefly.