Herbal Therapy Augments Traditional Veterinary Therapies

Herbal Therapy is the use of plants or plant derivatives found in nature and has been used to successfully treat animals in China for at least 5,000 years.  Most of us are familiar with the benefits or reputation of some herbs.  For example, Chamomile in tea is calming, and eucalyptus helps a stuffy human nose.  These are just some of the thousands of herbal treatments that have been passed down from the ancient healers.

Herbs can be used alone or combined with other holistic or traditional therapies.  Often herbal and conventional prescriptions will be used together.  In general, herbal prescriptions must be given for longer periods of time than pharmaceutical drugs.  The benefit of the herbs is to gradually return the body to a state of balance and health.  Herbal medications come in a variety of formulations:  pills, liquids, tablets, or granular form.  The formulation used depends upon the species of animal and the condition being treated.

Using whole plants or their extracts may produce improved outcomes and fewer side effects than from some pharmaceutical products. Herbal therapies have been developed for the management of almost all conditions, including epilepsy, chronic kidney disease, chronic lameness, hormonal disorders, behavioral disorders, allergic skin disease, cancer, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease.  Other herbs may simply support the normal function of healthy organs by acting as “tonics”.

At The Bluffs Pet Clinic, herbal therapy may only be administered after an accurate diagnosis of your pet has been made by one of our properly trained, licensed veterinarians.  Our comprehensive herbal treatment involves a thorough history and physical examination followed by a patient assessment and formulation of a treatment plan.

If you would like further information about herbal therapy and whether it would help your dog or cat, please contact us at 651-388-1103 or myvet@bluffspetclinic.com.