There have been some wonderful developments in the world of veterinary medicine over the last few decades. However, one of the new changes is actually a return to some very ancient practices: Chinese herbal medicine. A Clarkesville, GA vet discusses herbal therapy for pets in this article.
Herbal medicine can be used to support and improve pets’ health in many different areas. Some of its uses include boosting immunity, supporting vision, improving circulation, treating joint pain, improving circulation, and reducing inflammation. Herbs may also be used to treat things like nausea, parasitic infestations, and skin problems, and may also help pets that struggle with fear or anxiety. Ask your vet for specific information.
Different herbs can be used to treat a variety of issues. For instance, Huo Xiang or Patchouli bark; Bai Zhu, or White Atractylodes root; and Hou Po, or Magnolia bark, can all be used to help support healthy gastrointestinal function. Jujube fruit, Milk Thistle, and Licorice root are good for liver function. Valerian and Chamomile, and California Poppy can help soothe anxious pets, while Goldenseal may be useful for eye irritation or infections.
One great thing about herbal medicine is the fact that it is so versatile. It can be offered as teas, tinctures, or ointments, given in dried form, or put into capsules. It’s often offered mixed with treats or canned food. (If you’ve ever tried to give your furry buddy a pill, you can probably see the appeal in that option.)
When it comes to any sort of pet product, safety is always the top concern. Herbal medicine definitely scores high in this category. Most of our four-legged buddies tolerate it very well. However, some pets may be allergic or sensitive to specific plants. Certain herbs may also counteract with modern pharmaceutical medications. It’s also important that herbs be purchased from reliable sources, and administered in the proper form and dosage. Like any other form of treatment, herbal medicines should be offered based on your four-legged friend’s specific health and medical needs. Never give your animal companion herbal medicine—or any other type of medication, for that matter—without consulting a veterinarian that has been trained in herbal veterinary medicine.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. As your Clarkesville, GA pet hospital, we are always happy to help!