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.
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.
Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine pancreatic disorder of cats and dogs. The incidence of diabetes in cats and dogs is reported to be anywhere from 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 pets. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Epilepsy is the name given to seizural disorders in dogs and cats for which there is no identifiable cause. Primary epilepsy is the result of functional cerebral disturbances without obvious cause other than a possible hereditary tendency. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Urinary incontinence means that the pet cannot totally control his ability to urinate. Typically, urinary incontinence causes a “leaky bladder”. Clinical signs often seen include finding “wet spots” under the pet where he/she sleeps, and seeing dribbling urine as the pet moves about. We discuss this condition chiefly.
Inflammatory bowel disease is the name given to a group of conditions that are characterized by pathologic evidence of inflammation of the intestinal tract which is associated with gastrointestinal signs. These are usually chronic and persistent. We discuss this condition in more detail.
Traditionally, vets have recommended restricting protein consumption because protein is poorly metabolized by dogs with kidney failure. Protein creates a high nitrogen load that can further stress the liver and kidneys. The problem is, that most commercial pet foods are made of poor quality protein that is not easily digested or utilized and this is what places the stress on the kidneys. We discuss this condition in short.
In our daily interaction with pet parents and ill fur kids, we have found some valuable herbal solutions that will help your fur kids recover and / or fight some common diseases we often observe. We discuss these in greater detail.