Herbal RemediesHerbal Remedies

Before using any alternatine medicines always check with your vet 1st
another good reason to work with your veterinarian before you begin: some herbs not only interact with prescribed medications, they can also interact with other herbs; and many herbs that are beneficial in small doses can be dangerous in large amounts. For example, ginkgo affects the blood’s ability to clot, so if it’s given with blood thinners or even aspirin, your dog could be prone to severe bleeding. Kelp — widely used in many herbal preparations — may have an adverse effect on thyroid disease, while echinacea can hurt an animal with a compromised immune system. Melatonin should not be given to dogs with heart, kidney, or liver disease; and even ginseng can cause high blood pressure in some cases. Remember that holistic veterinarians, like holistic healers for humans, look at the entire life of the patient, because adding herbal remedies to your pet’s routine can have unexpected and even unwanted effects.

HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE BENEFIT MY DOG?
1. Pain management is one of the most common uses for acupuncture, often in conjunction with a more traditional treatment plan. Strong medical treatments like chemo, which can cause discomfort, are often paired with acupuncture to help make a pet more comfortable and able to fight the illness.

2. Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or nerve injuries can respond to acupuncture. It is often employed during rehabilitation after an injury. Carefully monitoring a healing pet is important; without the feeling of pain, a dog can re-injure him or herself with over-activity.

3. Skin problems like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots may respond well to acupuncture treatment because increased circulation can improve healing, while pain reduction will reduce a dog’s overgrooming or itching responses.

4. Gastrointestinal problems like nausea and diarrhea can be aided by the increased blood flow from acupuncture. It may also help normalize digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions.

5. Respiratory problems like asthma and allergies can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.

Always work closely with a veterinarian to develop the treatment plan that’s right for you and your dog. Alternative healing methods like acupuncture might have the potential to make your dog’s life more comfortable when used in conjunction with more traditional medicine.

Herbal
Aloe Vera
This spiky leafed herb is pretty amazing. It’s medicinal value has been appreciated since ancient times, helping to heal wounds and even stomach ulcers in people, amongst other things.
You’ll be glad to know it’s also good for your dog if applied topically. Aloe Vera gel can be applied topically to help treat minor burns, scrapes, and skin irritations due to its cooling and anitbacterial properites.
pet parents be warned—dogs should not eat or lick Aloe Vera or the leaves of Aloe Vera plants, as it can cause gastrointestinal problems and toxicity if ingested in large amounts. If applying the gel topically, make sure your dog does not lick the area.

Calendula Flowers
The bright and sunny flowers of this easy-growing herb may be used to treat cuts, scrapes and wounds, both on you and your dog. While it has many different applications (including anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and the cooking pot), it’s mostly used to heal wounds.
The flower petals, meanwhile, can be applied directly as a wound dressing, or made into a tea to be used as an antiseptic wash. The antiseptic quality of the herb helps prevent bacterial growth, which is good news for your dog and bad news for the bacteria.
Ginger
We’re not talking about the movie star stranded on Gilligan’s Island, but the herb. Not only is the root of the ginger herb delicious, but it’s been highly prized for centuries as a medicinal herb. It can be made into a tea or tincture, and is excellent at settling a doggy’s upset tummy.

Goldenseal
Sadly, goldenseal has nothing to do with gold, seals, or even a magical seal made out of gold (that would just be silly). This herb is a powerful antibiotic that prevents the bacteria from latching onto the cell walls. It can be used as a tincture, tea, or wash for dogs with eye infections or weepy eyes. It’s also useful in treating stomach and bowel ailments.

Valerian, Chamomile and California Poppy
This trio of herbs can be used to treat a hyper dog. They are natural relaxants for dogs, and also have added health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, asthma, and even working against pesky parasites. Tinctures, teas, and extracts all work well, although with Valerian, only a few drops are needed.
Of course, with any treatment, herbal or otherwise, (make sure you consult your vet prior to treatment.
many more are helpfull these are but a few.

Homeopathy

Animal homeopathy, a branch of alternative medicine, is growing in size and popularity as society’s interest in alternative medicine for humans continues to grow. Homeopathy was first devised for humans in the 1790s by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. Its key concept can be found in its name: homeopathy comes from the Greek word for like or similar, and that’s what homeopaths believe: “like cures like.”

Homeopathy is founded on the belief that every being (pets as well as humans) has a self-healing response, and that health problems develop when that response is hindered or imbalanced. Homeopathy views the symptoms within the larger context of the affected individual’s overall health, and then tries to stimulate the body’s own healing responses.

Homeopathic remedies, therefore, cause symptoms similar to the ones the sick animal is already showing. For instance, an animal who has diarrhea would be treated with–in incredibly tiny amounts–a plant, mineral, or animal substance that causes diarrhea. The remedy replaces the illness, causing a cure by allowing the animal’s own healing powers to overcome the condition. Thus “like cures like.”

Massage
As a form of rehabilitation, massage therapy is the application of specific hand movements on a patient to improve muscle and joint function by relieving tension, spasm, or other restrictions to proper motion. It may be used for warm-up purposes, for relaxing or stimulating muscles in order to prevent injury, or for rehabilitation of a patient after an injury has occurred. Massage is also used to compensate for impaired circulation by augmenting the normal flow of blood and lymphatic fluid. Finally, massage is used to stimulate the function of various internal organs through reflexively linked and externally located portals of access, often termed trigger points and/or acupressure points.

Herbal medicine has been successfully used to treat many illnesses in animals and people throughout the centuries and is basic to folk medicine in every culture. Wild animals are thought to instinctively select the proper herbs when ill. A system of cancer therapy, known as the Hoxsey Program was originated by a man who observed which herbs were eaten by animals under specific disease conditions.
Scientific research on the use of herbs is at about the same stage as vitamins were 10 years ago. Many companies, however, do not want to invest in expensive research because most herbs cannot be patented, nor are they regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, as drugs and other medications are. Articles on some of the more commonly used herbs are listed in Holistic and Alternative Therapy for Dogs and Cats.

Many of the modern pharmaceutical drugs are actually compounds considered to be the active principles in herbs. Herbalists, however, contend that the pharmaceutical derivatives and the whole plant from which they are derived are not the same due to the unique and complex properties of the original natural substance. As in many situations, the whole is more than the sum of (or one of) its parts, due to synergisms that may occur both within the plant and within the body.

Always keep your veterinarian informed regarding what medications, herbs, and supplements your pet may be taking. Some of these therapies can interfere with the absorption or action of another. And, remember, just because herbs are natural, does not mean they cannot cause adverse or toxic effects if used inappropriately. See ‘Herbal’ Does Not Mean ‘Harmless.’

Colloidal Silver
Colloidial Silver has been used by civilizations for its health properties for over a thousand years. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, sailors, and more, all knew about the health properties it possessed. Colloidal silver specifically is a suspension of the submicroscopic silver particles contained in a colloidal base. The colloidal base comes from a particle of a substance that has been broken down and then mixed into or suspended in a liquid.

Those who support silver and believe in its health properties claim that one of the most beneficial properties it contains is the ability it holds to strengthen the immune system of users. The silver particles are small enough to be able to penetrate the user on a cellular level, destroying pathogens of all kinds, including fungal spores, parasites, bacteria, and viruses.

In addition, there is no indication that pathogens, whether fungal, viral, or bacterial, develop resistance to silver solutions, both colloidal and ionic. The only side effect is it can reduce probiotic bacteria, just as antibiotics do routinely—however, the change is not permanent from silver.

Natural remedy manuka honey
Manuka honey has the potential to limit growth in wound pathogens, as well as promote healing. This is a characteristic possessed by no other antimicrobial agent. Best used as a topical form of antiseptic for wounds, cuts, and abscesses, this honey has been reported to be effective in treating digestive problems like gastritis. This is a result from its anti-inflammatory and probiotic characteristics. With antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties, Manuka honey has proven itself to be an effective remedy for conditions like ringworm, kennel cough, and more.

Storage
Because homeopathy is an energetic medicine the remedies should not be stored next to heavy electromagnetic appliances such as televisions and computers or left in the bright hot sun for a long time.

1. Cut Nails
Have you ever cut your dog’s nails and they’re now bleeding all over your carpets? Give him Hypericum!

It’s a great remedy for wounds to the nerves, especially in the toes and nails.

[Related: Check out this stress-free way to cut your dog’s nails]
2. Garbage Gut
Did your dog raid the garbage can and now he’s not feeling so well? He’s vomiting and straining to poop it all out? Nux vomica will rescue him!

Nux vomica is the perfect remedy to use after binging or exposure to toxic substances (think about giving it after drugs or surgery too).

3. Tick Bites
Every dog owner fears tick bites! But did you know there’s a remedy that can actually help prevent tick borne illness?

Give your dog Ledum palustre (Ledum) twice a day for two days after the bite.

4. Bumps And Bruises
Arnica is your go-to remedy for any physical injury! If your dog has twisted or sprained himself, give him Arnica. It works great for bruised tissue and initiates faster healing.

5. Foreign Bodies
Has your dog stepped on a hawthorn or does he have a foxtail in his ear?

Silica (also called Silicea) is a fantastic remedy for pushing things that don’t belong out of the body. It can even help empty anal glands!

6. Abscesses
Does your dog have a smelly oozing abscess that’s about to erupt? Hepar sulphuris can help the abscess to mature and start draining pus.

7. Cuts and scrapes
Has your dog ever had a battle with a wire fence? Is the cut or scrape jagged, ragged and painful? Calendula has a great affinity for the skin and is an amazing wound healer.

8. Sudden Vomiting and Diarrhea
Is your dog suddenly under the weather? If he’s vomiting and has foul-smelling diarrhea (especially if there’s undigested food in it), then Arsenicum album will get him feeling better fast!

9. Sudden Fever
If your dog has a sudden fever and he’s panting with pain and has redness in his skin or ears, then Belladonna can bring his temperature down fast!

10. Bloat
Bloat can be a life-threatening condition for dogs. If your dog has colic, painful gas or torsion, take Carbo vegetabilis with you on the way to the emergency vet clinic … you might find by the time you get there, your dog is doing much better!

11. Broken bones
Of course, you need to take your dog to his vet if you suspect he has a broken bone, but you can speed the healing in fractured bones, non or delayed union fractures, and pain from fractures with Symphytum.

12. Red, Watery Eyes
Has your dog been running in tall grass and now his eyes are red? Conjunctivitis and irritated eyes respond very well to Euphrasia.

13. Urinary Tract Infections
Dogs that have burning and urging in the bladder respond very well to Cantharis. Another great use for this remedy is blistered burns to the skin.

[Related: Want to treat UTIs naturally? Learn how here]
14. Frostbite
Dogs can quickly suffer from frostbite to their feet or unprotected areas in the winter months. Agaricus works great for frostbite, especially to the tail, feet and ears.

15. Shock
A dog owner’s worst nightmare is having their dog hit by a car. Nobody wants this to happen, but you can be prepared for the worst … Aconite is the go-to remedy for sudden and overwhelming trauma … give it on the way to the emergency vet! And bring Carbo vegetabilis (also known as the corpse reviver) if he becomes cold and lifeless.

16. Head Or Spine Injury
Once again, dogs can get into trouble fast, and it’s a good idea to be prepared! If your dog is hit by a car or suffers a serious fall or kick (think dogs who hang around horses), then Natrum sulphuricum (Nat sulph) is the go-to remedy for serious head and spinal injury.

17. Over-Doing It
Dogs like to play hard and sometimes it shows the next morning! If your dog is stiff getting up after an active day, then Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus tox) is a great remedy to put the spring back in his step. If there is injury to the joints, then Ruta graveolens (Ruta grav) might be a better choice. Start with Arnica then move on to one of these two remedies to finish.

18. Burns
Minor burns and sunburn will respond well to Urtica urens. If the burns are more severe or the skin is broken, then use Cantharis.

19. Puppy Teething Pain
Just like infant babies, puppies can suffer the discomfort of new teeth. Chamomilla will soothe those symptoms, especially if there is greenish diarrhea.

20. Puncture Wounds
Dogs are prime candidates for bite wounds and insect stings. For any type of puncture wound, Ledum (Ledum palustre) can help heal and prevent later problems. Historically Ledum has proven effective in preventing or stopping tetanus after puncture wounds.

ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR VET

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