Herbal medicine for dogs, cats and other animals
What is phytotherapy?
Herbal medicine is the treatment and prevention of disease using plant extracts. The plants are prepared as teas, tablets or tinctures to be taken internally and as ointments, lotions or gels to be applied externally. Preparations of a single plant may be used but it is often more effective to formulate bespoke preparations that take into account the holistic needs of each individual animal.
While most pharmaceutical drugs are based on a single compound that targets a specific ailment, herbal medicines contain a diverse assortment of compounds that naturally occur in the plant. So herbal preparations often benefit several aspects of the patient’s health at the same time and the synergy between the many ingredients may have an overall effect greater than the sum of the individual parts.
I mix bespoke medical grade herbal tinctures and stock tablets from several suppliers including Mediherb, and Steve Marsden Kan Veterinary Essentials.