Canine Herbal Medicine

Canine Herbal Medicine

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Refer to: Care & Administration of Herbal Medicines (.pdf file)

Cats and dogs are carnivores, with cats being more specialized and dependent upon prey animals than dogs, who are more omnivorous. In the wild, dogs can be expected to eat fruit, plants and roots, in addition to herbivore dung. Herbs are therefore more obviously natural as a food or medicine for dogs than might be the case for cats. However, both species would derive plant material from the bowels of their prey.

Dogs also appear to have the capability to self-medicate with naturally-available herbs (zoopharmacognosy) and we suspect that cats may do that too but we have not ourselves witnessed the phenomenon with cats.

Dogs and cats generally accept herbal medicines, also known as phytotherapy, very readily, usually added to the daily food ration.

It is important to consult an experienced herb vet, in order to avoid potentially dangerous incompatibility of herbal medication with conventional medication, dangers in pregnancy and lactation and dosing or species anomalies. Many commercial ‘off-the-shelf' herbal products vie for your money – these are often modifications of human herbal formulae and may not be suitable for your dog. Commercial marketing appears in some cases to take precedence over responsibility, safety and common sense.

Herbal vet in practice: A sample of the dog diseases and conditions that we may be called upon to treat with herbal medicine (phytotherapy) are (in alphabetical order):

 

 

  • Allergy
  • Anal Gland
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Ascites
  • Atopy
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Bloat / Bloating
  • Cancer
  • Canine Epilepsy
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • CDRM
  • CHF
  • Chronic Heart Failure
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • CMO
  • Colitis
  • Coprophagy
  • Cough
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
  • CRF
  • Cruciate Ligament
  • Cushings Disease – Cushings Syndrome
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Disc Disease
  • Disc Prolapse
  • DJD
  • Dry Eye
  • Ear Problems
  • Eczema
  • Epilepsy
  • False Lactation
  • False Pregnancy
  • Fears
  • Gingivitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heat Stress
  • Heat Stroke
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatocutaneous Syndrome
  • Hepatopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hormonal Alopecia
  • Hormonal Problems
  • IBD
  • IBS
  • Infertility
  • Jaundice
  • KCS
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Kidney Problems
  • Lick Granuloma
  • Ligament Injury
  • Liver Disease
  • Lupus
  • Myositis
  • Non-Union Fracture
  • Nose Bleed
  • Obesity
  • OCD
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteodystrophy
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Pruritus
  • Pseudopregnancy
  • Pyoderma
  • Pyometra
  • Pyometritis
  • Renal Failure
  • Restlessness
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Problems
  • SLE
  • Spondylitis – Spondylosis – Spondylopathy
  • Sprain
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Urolithiasis
  • Urticaria
  • Vestibular Syndrome

The herbal vet treatment may also include other therapies, in an integrated program (e.g. veterinary homeopathy and/or veterinary acupuncture along with natural feeding).

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