Taking a more holistic approach to your dog's health involves treating your dog as a whole rather than treating the conditions your dog suffers from as separate conditions to be treated individually. Herbal remedies are an important part of holistic pet healthcare because the remedies can not only treat the symptoms, but the underlying causes of the symptoms. For example, if your pet continues to get sick, an herbal remedy that improves your pet's immune system or that treats an infection will be more-effective than simply a remedy that treats the symptoms. There are several herbal remedies that are great for dogs.
Oregano oil has been found to have antibiotic properties. It contains phenols that can kill bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungus. The oil can be applied topically over an area you would like to disinfect.
If your dog suffers from fleas, try rubbing citrus on him or her. Lemon or orange juice can be rubbed on your pet's fur to drive away fleas.
Aloe Vera is an herb that can be applied topically to dogs for scrapes, burns, and other irritations. If your dog is suffering from an infection, gas, or indigestion, the aloe Vera herb can be helpful when ingested.
Ginger And Goldenseal
Ginger can be made into a tea or tincture and used to treat your dog's upset stomach. Goldenseal can also be made into a tea and treat stomach and bowel issues. It also doubles as a very effective antibiotic.
If you have reason to believe that your dog will become sick, giving him or her echinacea will trick the body's immune system into going into overdrive. For this herb to be effective though, it should be used early and not at the onset of the symptoms.
Pau d'arco is a tree that has inner bark that has medicinal properties. It is used to cleanse the blood to improve the immune system and detoxify the recipient.
Keep in mind that some herbs are great for humans, but toxic for dogs. Herbs you should avoid include the following:
- Tea Tree Oil
- St. John's Wort
When treating your pet, it is important to make sure that you use traditional methods, since some conditions do require the use of Western medicine. However, to maximize the health of your dog, you will also need to implement holistic veterinary practices such as the use of herbal remedies.
For more information, contact a clinic like Moon Mobile Veterinary Services LLC.