Spring and summer can be challenging for many pets, just like us, with problems ranging from allergies to joint strain from extra activity, anxiety from storms and travel to pests and parasites. (click here to download full pdf)
A sick pet can make you feel helpless. While there’s no substitute for the care of a veterinarian, there are things you can do at home, and a few supplements that can help to make your furry friend feel better.
One of the most effective aids for your pets can be a natural herbal remedy. Herbs have been around for centuries, effectively treating, curing and preventing a variety of health issues. Much of what we know about the use of herbs with people can be applied to pets as well.
Notable herbs to help with common ailments:
• Allergies – Marshmallow, Yucca and Bee Pollen
• Joints – Yucca, Bromelain, Cats Claw (Uncaria tomentosa), Cayenne
• Parasites, Fleas, Ticks – Black Walnut, Wormwood, Garlic, Tea Tree
Herbs can also be used to lessen anxiety:
When your pet suffers from stress or anxiety, use a mixture of the extracts of Oats, Valerian, and Chamomile. Sprinkle a little lavender oil in you pet’s bed, for a calming effect.
Consulting with a knowledgeable herbalist regarding what is best for your pet, their specific breed, lifestyle and contraindications with other medicines is highly advised to get started. This advice is not meant to replace the diagnosis and advice of a licensed veterinarian.
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Written by Chelsea Kent of Hero’s Pets www.herospets.com
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