Like humans, your pet’s health can benefit from alternative, holistic therapies. Chinese herbal therapy is excellent for a range of things, including behavior issues, age-related issues, skin conditions, and serious health problems, such as cancer. If you are new to holistic therapies for pets, we have put together some answers to the most common questions pet owners have about Chinese herbal therapy.
What Is Herbal Therapy?
Herbal therapy consists of using herbs that contain active therapeutic properties. The active ingredients in these plants may be found in the entire plant or only a specific part of the plant. It’s important to talk with an experienced veterinarian about which plants are safe for pets because using certain parts of some plants may be toxic for your pet. Herbal therapies are typically available in powder form, capsules, tea pills, and biscuits. When choosing the form of herbal therapy to use at home, it’s important to choose the option that is best suited for your pet.
Are There Side Effects with Alternative Therapies?
There are typically no side effects when using holistic therapies. However, in some situations, your pet may experience GI upset when they first start a new medication, whether it’s Western medication or herbal therapies. If your pet does experience GI upset, you can contact our mobile veterinarian to visit your pet at home and help determine if the herbal therapy being used is too strong or if a different herbal therapy should be used.
Can Herbal Therapies be Combined with Other Medicines?
Herbal therapies can generally be used in combination with Western medicinal treatments. In fact, many herbal treatments can help to enhance the effectiveness of certain Western medications. It is beneficial to let your mobile veterinarian know which Western medications your pet is taking and what the medications are prescribed for. This will help to ensure your pet is getting the appropriate type of herbal therapy.
How Can Herbal Therapies Help?
First, it’s important to note that there has been significant research done regarding the use of herbs in veterinary medicine. Most treatment protocols are proven to be suitable for cats and dogs.
Herbal therapies have been effective for managing almost all conditions that veterinarians encounter, including chronic kidney failure, epilepsy, hormonal disorders, chronic lameness, liver failure, allergic skin disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and behavioral disorders. Herbal therapy is a safe, effective way to treat a wide range of diseases and illnesses that animals encounter. In many situations, our mobile veterinarian will make a house call to see a pet in its natural environment and help ensure they receive the appropriate herbal therapy for its specific needs.
Contact Us for Holistic At-Home Care for Your Pet
To learn more about Chinese herbal therapy or to schedule an at-home visit, contact Positive Chi Alternative Veterinary Medicine in Manchester, NH. We are a mobile holistic veterinarian serving Manchester, NH, Londonderry, Derry, Amherst, Merrimack, Auburn, Hooksett, Bedford, and surrounding areas.