The statistics associated with adverse reactions and side effects of synthetic drugs and medications in pets have fueled the desire of many pet owners to switch to natural and alternative medicine in addressing their pets’ health issues. Herbal remedies are now becoming popular in healing your pets without medicine. There are now home remedies for your pets that are used to treat various health issues and ailments that range from pain, wounds, anxiety, digestive upsets to bladder issues, heart, lung, and kidney problems.
Here are some medical problems and the herbal remedies that are used to treat them:
Arthritis and joint pains
The inflammation and pain brought about by arthritis can have a negative impact on your pet's quality of life. Arthritis is often treated with NSAIDs and steroids. However, these medications have been linked to negative side effects and adverse reactions. For these reasons, concerned pet owners started using home remedies for pain as an alternative treatment to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Turmeric and rosehip are herbs that possess anti-inflammatory properties. They have also been known to be a remedy for arthritis. Supplements that will benefit dogs and cats with arthritis include omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. fish oil), krill, flaxseed oils, glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM.
Anxiety in dogs and cats can fuel negative behaviors, including displays of aggressive behavior. Instead of using synthetic anti-anxiety drugs, there are herbal remedies for anxiety. One such remedy is Chamomile.
Chamomile is able to provide mild sedative effects and can help pets relax when they are anxious or nervous about something. It can also help soothe the stomach of pets that are prone to suffering motion sickness.
Itchy skin and other issues affecting the skin
Instead of using antibiotics and/or antifungal medications, steroids, and other drugs that are used to banish itching and soothe the skin of your pet, there are also natural dog remedies for itchy skin. On top of the list are:
- Omega-3 fatty acids --These are a type of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are known to help reduce inflammation and itchiness, as well as help address dry skin issues in pets. Giving your pets coconut oil, fish oil, or flaxseed oil will help with this!
- Oatmeal -- When applied as a paste and spread over problem areas, oatmeal can soothe hot, red skin, drawing heat out and dry up oozing areas of the skin. Alternatively, you may opt for a shampoo that uses oatmeal and aloe vera which can help soothe your pet's skin as well.
- Colloidal Silver -- A natural antibiotic that can be used to fight a variety of infections such as skin, yeast and ear infections! This is due to its antifungal, antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Other health benefits include boosting your pet's immune system.
Other popular herbal remedies for cats and dogs include:
- Ginger -- Ginger has been used for centuries to soothe an upset tummy. It can also be made into tea or tincture.
- Milk Thistle -- Milk thistle is good for the liver. Its extract protects against liver damage as well as promotes liver function. It is sometimes prescribed for pets that are taking medications that may affect the integrity and function of the liver.
- Cranberry -- Just like in humans, cranberries promote bladder health. This is especially useful for cats as they are highly susceptible to UTI. It can also reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar. Cranberries also possess anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities which can prevent the growth of E. coli, H. pylori, and other diseases.
- Chicory -- Chicory is classified as a prebiotic. It can help create a healthy gut environment that allows beneficial bacteria to thrive. This would, in turn, reduce disease and improve the overall immune system.
- Nettle -- When cut and dried, nettle can be used to treat skin problems in dogs. It can also be used in pets with excessive hair loss. Nettle also flushes the kidney & liver, purifies the blood and prevents urinary tract infection. High in A, C, D, and B-Complex vitamins.
- Fennel - Fennel is high in Vitamin C and A, calcium, iron and potassium. It helps with joint problems and bad breath.
- Caraway - Caraway provides an antioxidant boost. It contains disease- and cancer-fighting antioxidants and also promotes good muscle health.
Before using any medication, herbal or otherwise, on your pet, it is recommended
that you consult your veterinarian. While many herbs are being used as natural remedies for pets, professional supervision is still advisable to avoid adverse reactions.