There’s been a lot of chatter lately about how we’re an over-medicated society and we turn to pharmaceuticals too quickly. Some people advocate alternatives to “conventional” medicines such as herbal remedies and acupuncture.
But something that’s not talked about as often are herbal remedies that can be given to pets, or why a dog owner might want to use herbal remedies for their four-legged housemate. But here’s four reasons you might consider them.
1. It can help save money
We all know that a trip to the vet can be a necessity when our pets are in grave danger, and we’re all thankful for them at such times. But when our pets are just feeling a little down in the mouth or they suffer a very minor injury, we might hesitate to go. And saving money is always a plus for pet owners; it means more money for toys!
2. You can often grow them yourself
I know this sounds a little hippy or witch-doctor, but I’m serious. Most of these herbal remedies are easy to grow.
Afraid you don’t have the room? Think again. Even those who live in apartments can grow in window boxes that add to your decor. Sure, aloe vera isn’t the prettiest plant in the world, but it’s very, very useful. On the other hand, calendula flowers can really brighten up a room.
3. They pull double duty
It’s generally not a good idea to take other people’s medications, but if you’re growing herbal remedies for your pup, they can help you too. Ginger is a great medicinal herb for you and your pet, and it’s awesome in food recipes.
For humans, ginger is great for upset stomachs, inflammatory conditions like arthritis, and just general “feel better”-ness. In dogs, it works great for their stomachs. If they tend to be nervous travelers, try feeding them some ginger to calm them.
4. If you don’t have a green thumb …
Other pet-lovers who do will gladly share. As I said, many of the herbs are common and readily available between herbal stores and online sources. Some are marketed specifically for pets, but there are many ways to get these herbs.
Do your research, though, and give your vet a quick call just to make sure that it’s going to be safe for your dog. We wouldn’t want any pets to have to end up at the vets’ office, when the whole point is to try to keep them from having to go there in the first place.