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Herbal Treatment For Pets - What Pet Owners Need To Know

By: Sally Winter

Herbal medicine has existed for thousands of years and can be traced through many different
cultures. It has helped to heal countless numbers of people throughout the ages. Today,
herbal medicine still has much to teach us. This article examines herbal treatments for pets
and their place in modern animal healthcare.

Modern veterinary science pushes the benefits of vaccination and medication for many
illnesses. But the vaccination and medication approach has largely failed our animals. Our pets
are no more protected from disease and illness than they used to be.

Herbal treatments for pets, like homeopathy are marginalized because of "lack of scientific
proof". But this is caused by a Catch-22 situation. I'll explain what I mean by that statement.

Scientific research into the efficacy of health treatments is increasingly driven by the private
sector. Profit hungry pharmaceutical companies are averse to funding research into the
health benefits of herbal treatments because plants cannot be patented. Therefore they
see herbal research investment as too great a risk and would rather invent new drugs that
they can patent.

But without this research into herbal treatments there can be no body of scientific evidence.
Because of this no-win situation herbal treatments are unlikely to become mainstream any
time soon.

Sick dogs and cats will instinctively seek out herbs in the wild to address their own health
complaints. Modern living for our pets severely limits the opportunity for this behaviour.

Many minor ailments and common conditions can be treated using herbal remedies. Digestive
upsets, worms, fleas and ear mites can all be treated. Herbal remedies can also be used to
support pets with more chronic conditions as well as boost the immune systems of healthy

I do not argue that herbal medicine for pets can treat all health conditions. More severe
conditions and illnesses need veterinary treatment. Always make sure that you tell your vet
about any supplements or herbal treatments that your pet is taking.

Use common sense and strike a balance between when you should use herbal treatments
for pets at home and when you should go to the vet. A holistic approach to your pet's
well-being will bring health and happiness to your four legged friends.

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About the Author: Sally Winter
Every responsible pet owner should know how to treat common conditions at home. For
herbal treatment for pets visit herbapet now.