ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FOR PET'S
The best way to address the issue of natural supplements for pets is to become informed about what treatments are available and how they can be used. Following are some of the treatments currently being used by veterinarians and pet owners to treat animals:
Glucosamine and Chondroitan--These may be the most well known and commonly prescribed nutraceuticals for pets. They are not herbal supplements: glucosamine is derived from shellfish tissue, and chondroitan is derived from animal products. They are given to animals suffering from arthritis and joint pain, in order to rebuild the cartilage and thicken the joint fluid that cushions and protects joints.
Echinacea--A well-known immunostimulant. It is said to improve the immune system and help pets fight off infections, diseases, and even cancer. (This actually saved three of our pet's lives in the past-JD)
Aloe--This thick-leaved plant is used for animals much like it is for humans, as a soothing, itch relieving ointment that is applied directly to the skin. It is also said to help heal cuts and protect them from infection. As aloe breaks down quickly and is hard to store over time, the best way to use it is simply to break a leaf off an aloe plant.
Ginger--Chinese medicine has been using this root for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and an aid for stomach problems. Ginger is said to help animals with car sickness and digestive problems like gas and diarrhea.
Vitamin C--This vitamin, which is considered a powerful anti-oxidant, is abundant in most fruits and some vegetables. It is also available in pill form and as a liquid that can be mixed into a pet's water. Anti-oxidants are said to help combat the aging process and slow damage to the body's tissues, as well as to help prevent cancer. It has also been suggested that vitamin C can help treat hip dysplasia, arthritis, and urinary tract problems.
Milk Thistle--Pets with liver problems such as hepatitis may be given this supplement. It is supposed to protect the cells of the liver from toxins. Saint John's Wort--Though it has gained fame in human medicine as a treatment for depression, this herb is used as a treatment for viral infections and neural disorders in alternative veterinary medicine.
Ginkgo--Again, this herb has attracted a great deal of attention in human medicine. It is said to work by expanding the blood vessels in the brain, thereby increasing blood flow. People take it to increase their memory and improve their brain function, and some veterinarians are using it to treat animals that exhibit cognitive dysfunction the animal equivalent of senile dementia.
Slippery Elm--The bark of this tree is used as an aid to the digestive system for pets that suffer from constipation and upset stomach. It has also been used as a cough suppressant and a poultice (an herb that is boiled down into a paste, cooled, and applied to the skin).
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Comments by Our Company Founder:
These examples only scratch the surface of the nutraceuticals that are available for animals through alternative medicine.
It can be difficult to know which alternative medicines are appropriate for your pet depending on the condition that you may be trying to treat and which nutraceuticals may prove dangerous to your pet's condition.
I always recommend performing thorough research concerning your pet's condition and depending upon how your veterinarian responds to the use of alternative medicine, you may want to discuss your research findings with your veterinarian before you treat your pet with a natural remedy.
Depending on your veterinarian's knowledge and belief's in the use of nutraceuticals as a form of alternative medicine, a veterinarian can be the most knowledgeable and accessible resource you can find to help you understand nutraceuticals. They will be able to tell you which herbs can interact with your pet's needed prescriptions, which herbs can interact with each other, and which are safe and effective.
I personally would recommend at your first convenience contacting a specialist in alternative veterinary medicine. Armed with the information given and your veterinarian's advice, you will be able to make a very informed and logical decision about natural supplements for your pet's future, so that the remain a happy and healthy pet.
WHERE TO GO FOR A SPECIALIST IN ALTERNATIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE
The one that we HIGHLY recommend and use ourselves on a regular basis is The Only Natural Per Store which just so happens to have live, on staff veterinarian's that you may get advice from.
Here Is What Our Company Founder Has To Say About The Only Natural Pet Store:
"Their advice literally saved one of our pet's lives. And this was even after we had consulted with a local veterinarian whom really could advise us as to what to do and he did not have much hope for the pet.
We purchased the product recommended to us by The Only Natural Pet Store, followed the instructions given to us to the letter, saved our pet's life and he is now the healthiest, happiest, most loving pet anyone could ask for". - JD"
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