Try These Home Remedies for Your Pets

| 1/13/2011 10:01:21 AM

A.CookAlisa is a Natural Wellness Consultant in Bisbee, Arizona, and has studied natural health and herbal protocols formally and informally for more than 15 years. She is working toward her credential to become a board certified Traditional Naturopath. Alisa has also studied holistic care for animals. She works with Bisbee Chiropractic and Natural Health Center and is the owner of Love Your Pet Natural Therapies.

Herbal medicine for pets and people is becoming more and more popular, as we discover (or rediscover) effective natural medicines that are safer than pharmaceuticals. You can successfully treat your animal companion with herbs, but make sure to consult with your veterinarian as some herbs are contraindicated for certain conditions and medications. The following herbs are commonly found in most kitchens, or can be readily obtained at your local grocery store. Whenever possible, use organic and/or wild craft herbs.

A healthy pet is a happy pet!
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Aloe vera (for internal or external use): Use this herb to soothe upset digestive tracts and to help restore mucous membranes. Also helpful for external minor cuts, burns, rashes and irritations.

Cayenne: As a natural anti-inflammatory, cayenne is very helpful for arthritis and general inflammatory condition. It also stimulates digestion and helps the body metabolize other herbs.

Chamomile: This nervine helps settle down almost all bodily functions so it can be helpful with stress, diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset, respiratory infections and the like. It can be administered as a capsule, mixed in with food supplement, as a tincture or even as a strong tea.