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Phytotherapy deals with medicinal plants. Many people ask themselves when a plant is considered a medicinal plant for sick animals. All plants contain a lot of active ingredients. Vegetable food can therefore be viewed as a remedy. Every salad and every vegetable can have a positive effect on the organism, provided that they have grown naturally.

Herbal therapy in dogs

  • Some plants, such as herbs, contain a particularly large number of certain groups of active substances
  • With phytotherapy, many diseases and disorders can be treated with herbal medicines
  • Modern phytotherapy can help prevent infections and treat wounds in animals

Where can phytotherapy be used?

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Phytotherapy has a very broad field of activity. In animals, phytotherapy can be used to prevent infections. All pathogens can be fought. The treatment options also include wound treatment and serious internal diseases. In conventional medicine, there are hardly any treatment options for the kidneys or the liver. In phytotherapy, some of the herbal active ingredients are able to regenerate cells. This has been scientifically confirmed and is now an integral part of human medicine. The active complex of milk thistle can heal liver tissue. It is therefore used for cirrhosis and intoxication in human medicine. So why not also with dogs? Phytotherapy has had very good and almost unbeatable successes in the stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and skin. It can be used either as a monotherapy or as an accompanying therapy. Heart diseases or endocrinological diseases can also be very helpful. Herbal active ingredients are once again coming to the fore in medicine, as resistance to bacteria and parasites has increased. Phytotherapy is not just an alternative, in many cases, it is really the best choice and indispensable for some diseases.

How do medicinal herbs work?

In phytotherapy, active ingredients are used that have the same effect as synthetic preparations. Their effect has been checked and tested. They have very strong effects, with each group of active ingredients having a different effect on the organism. Bitter substances have a toning effect and they also stimulate digestion and the glands. Tannins have an astringent effect. They are used for intestinal problems and in skin therapy. Essential oils also have a strong antibiotic effect. These are just a few examples, as the entire list would go beyond the scope of this list. It is very important that the phytobiotics have a good effect, but have almost no side effects. That is what makes them so perfect for a therapeutic range.

Can all dogs be treated?

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In therapy, even puppies can receive active ingredients from plants. However, these must be subject to strict indication and treatment. The herbal active ingredients are just as suitable for young dogs as they are for old or weakened dogs. However, the products should really always be viewed as therapeutics. If necessary, they can be used to treat and maintain health.

What must be considered when feeding?

Dogs should be fed as close to nature as possible. The food should be varied and based on species-appropriate eating behavior. Special diets only need sick dogs. Medicinal plants do not belong in the daily food that the dog normally receives. In the form of a cure, it is okay to use the products. However, it has been shown in the past that careless use in healthy dogs leads to exactly the opposite. Medicinal plants that affect the immune system can, in the worst case, lead to allergies or autoimmune diseases. If they were fed to a healthy dog ​​all the time, which is absolutely not necessary, the desired effect cannot be achieved, but it can become a problem. Phytotherapy requires a lot of knowledge in chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacy and a lot of specialist knowledge. Therefore, the dog should definitely be presented to an animal healer for phytotherapy. Naturopathy deals with substances and actions occurring in nature. This includes medicinal plants, nutrition, exercise, cold and heat therapy, and water therapy. Synthetic and natural medicine, on the other hand, are quite different from each other. While the active ingredients are used in their original form in phytotherapy, the derivatives produced are used in synthetic ones. This makes phytotherapy the basis of every medicine. And that is exactly what it should be seen as. If it reaches its limits, synthetic medicine must and can be used. In some diseases and cases, standardized synthetic mono substances have to be used. However, the phytotherapy can be passed on in a very supportive manner here.

Which herbs can a healthy dog get?

As a cure, metabolism-stimulating, vitamin-rich or digestive herbs can be given from time to time. Just as no healthy person would have the idea of constantly taking the medicinal herbs, he should also not give them to his dog permanently. Medicinal plants can be fed to dogs to keep them healthy or to ward off parasites. Here, however, you should first talk to an animal healer to fine-tune the herbs.

How often and in what form can the supplement be fed?

It depends on the mix and which plants are included. In order to gently stimulate the metabolism, there are cures in spring and autumn. However, they do not have to and must not be fed permanently to a healthy dog. It can be fed in all forms. Fresh plants are mashed into a kind of smoothie in the blender. When the plants are dry, they can be infused as tea or ground into the feed. If necessary, they can be used as tablets, capsules, tinctures, ointments, suppositories, creams, and in many other forms.

How quickly does phytotherapy work?

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It can take some time before a positive effect can be noticed in chronic diseases. But there are also phytotherapeutic agents that are used in acute emergencies and that work very quickly. A physiotherapist can apply these in a targeted manner. All substances foreign to the body can trigger an allergy. However, phytotherapeutic agents are no more or less likely to trigger an allergy than synthetic drugs or food ingredients.

Our tip

Phytotherapy can help dogs very well in many things. But it should never be used just like that. A healthy dog ​​does not need herbs in its food every day. If he has the need, it should only be fed for one cure. But it would be much better if an animal healer put the herbs together and specifies the dosage.