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HerbsPicThere is nothing better than having a healthy, happy pet. It emanates from their personalities and radiates in their behavior. Our animals will occasionally become ill and there will be times you seek the assistance of your veterinarian to care for your dog’s acute or severe problem. But for those other instances when a more minimally invasive process will treat the problem, herbal treatments rise to the occasion. Most of our canine companions do not have the prospects to forage and ingest healing plants that they may seek when their system is stressed out. Herbal medicines work by treating the cause of the problem and not just the underlying symptoms as conventional medicines do. Asmany of today’s canine diets consist of over-processed foods and are maintained poorly sitting on a store shelf for months, plants offer natural sources of vitamins and minerals.

Herbal remedies do not offer a “quick fix” as most pharmaceutical drugs do. Herbs take quite longer to work. However, pharmaceuticals are treating the symptoms and not the cause itself. Case in point is Rimadyl that is prescribed most often for dogs with arthritis. It is helping to alleviate the pain from arthritis for certain, but it’s also compromising your dog’s natural defenses in fighting off other bacterial infections. There have been around 5,000 complaints to the FDA regarding the use of Rimadyl in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. A classic herb tea for arthritis uses equal parts alfalfa, burdock, and white willow. The first two are excellent detoxifiers, and white willow is an effective anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agent. In addition, alfalfa is full of nutrients. If your dog were given a choice, do you think he would prefer to wander through your herb garden to consume some natural remedies, or go to the conventional veterinarian to be injected with toxins? To me, it’s a no brainer.

Did you know that some of the most effective herbal remedies for your canine may be as close as your kitchen cabinet? Herbal remedies are emerging everywhere and it can be tough to determine what to use for a pet who is not feeling well. There are remedies for immune system support, urinary problems, worms, fleas, and the list goes on and on. Fortunately for us, using herbal remedies in treating our pets (and ourselves) has become more popular and the right information can be found online and in bookstores. Who would have thought, however, that some of the herbs we use for cooking can actually be used to help relieve whatever ails our pet. The highest concentrations of herbal oils are held within the seeds of the plant, but the dried leaves and stems (like in your kitchen) can be used, too. As a rule of thumb when providing herbs, offer the tea one day and then skip two which will allowthe animal’s body to heal itself. Adding herbs is gentle support to the already embedded capacity for healing in all individuals and animals.

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