Many people are trying to live greener lifestyles these days, and are opting for more natural products. This can apply to pets, too! We are happy to offer herbal remedies for pets. These can be used to treat a variety of issues in our animal companions, including diarrhea, arthritis, coughs, incontinence, skin issues, and constipation, to name a few. In many cases, herbal remedies work in conjunction with traditional veterinary care. However, there are some things to keep in mind. A local Santa Rosa, CA vet discusses herbal remedies for pets in this article.

Consult Your Vet

There’s a lot of confusion and, in some cases, bad information, about what herbs are and are not safe for pets. Some things are completely safe for some pets, but not for others. Other products may interfere with medication that your pet is currently on. Gingko, for instance, thins the blood, so should never be combined with blood thinners. Some things are fine if given alone, but should not be combined with other herbal medicines. Be sure to consult your vet before putting your pet on any sort of medication. Also, be sure to get specific advice on doses. 

Opt For Trustworthy Products

Some people are interested in creating their own herbal pet products. However, nowadays, many wild herbs have been tainted by pesticides, herbicides, or other toxic substances. Buy herbs from reliable sources. Or, better yet, get your pet’s products from reputable retailers. Many natural food stores and animal clinics now stock a variety of pet products. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Time It Right

Herbal medicines are great, but there are cases where it’s best to avoid them. For example, we don’t recommend giving them to pregnant dogs or young puppies. They can also be risky for pets with certain allergies.

Be Careful With Oils

Some places lump essential oils in with natural remedies. Be careful with these! Oils are highly concentrated, which makes many of them toxic to pets. Ask your vet for more information.

Monitor Your Pet

This one is absolutely crucial. Pay close attention to your pet, and watch for any signs of adverse reactions, such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, trembling, or unusual behavior or vocalizations. If you notice anything amiss, contact your vet immediately.

Do you have questions about herbal medicine for pets? Contact us, your Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, today!