Feline Herbal Medicine

Feline Herbal Medicine

FAQ 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. 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 so far we have not ourselves witnessed them doing so.

Dogs and cats generally accept herbal medicines 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 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 cat.

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

  • Allergy
  • Anal Gland
  • Arthritis
  • Ascites
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • CRF
  • Cystitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dysautonomia
  • Ear Problems
  • Eczema
  • Eosinophilic Dermatitis
  • Eosinophilic Granuloma
  • Eosinophilic Skin Disease
  • Fears
  • Feline Dysautonomia
  • Feline Urological Syndrome
  • Flea Allergy
  • FUS
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Hepatitis
  • Hormonal Alopecia
  • Hormonal Problems
  • Hyperthyroid
  • Hypothyroid
  • IBD
  • IBS
  • Infertility
  • Jaundice
  • Key Gaskell Syndrome
  • Kidney Problems
  • Ligament Injury
  • Liver Disease
  • Megacolon
  • Miliary Dermatitis
  • Miliary Eczema
  • Non-Union Fracture
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pruritus
  • Renal Failure
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Problems
  • Sprain
  • Stomatitis
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Urine Spraying
  • Urolithiasis
  • Urological 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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