Glucosamine. Probiotics. Flower essences. Omega-3 fatty acids. What do all of these things have in common? They’re all natural medications, also known as nutriceuticals, that can be used to treat your pet for various illnesses or conditions.
Why Herbal or Natural Remedies for Your Dog or Other Type of Pet?
In recent years, many pet owners have become interested in using more natural remedies to treat their dogs, cats, birds or other pets. These types of remedies may come in the form of herbs or other naturally occurring substances. This is, of course, in opposition to pharmaceutical medications which are a completely different type of treatment classification.
In many cases, these herbal or natural remedies have very little risk of side effects, unlike pharmaceutical medications which often have a much higher risk of adverse reactions and must be used more carefully under the care of a veterinarian.
Using Natural or Herbal Remedies with Pharmaceuticals
That’s not to say, however, that these natural remedies cannot be used in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications. In fact, in many cases, these herbal or natural remedies may be used together with more traditional pharmaceutical medications and may actually be useful for helping to decrease the dosages of the pharmaceuticals that need to be used, and hence reduce the potential for side effects.
What Types of Conditions Can Be Treated with Natural or Herbal Remedies?
There are many different conditions that can be managed with natural or herbal remedies. Products such as glucosamine are frequently used to treat joint issues. Probiotics are used to treat gastrointestinal disease and are especially useful during periods of stress, when recovering from a dietary indiscretion or after taking antibiotics which can alter the gastrointestinal tract. These are just a few of the uses. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear the rest.
Buyer Beware with Nutraceuticals
As a pet owner considering using a nutriceutical product, a natural remedy or an herbal medication, quality control becomes extremely important. It is essential to purchase from a company that is reputable with high standards. Because these companies are not scrutinized as carefully as pharmaceutical companies, it is easy to be tricked into buying a product that is not what it is promoted to be.
Meet Dr. Joel Murphy and Hear More About Herbal Remedies for Pets
This week, I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Joel Murphy. Dr. Murphy is an experienced veterinarian and he is responsible for formulating the remedies in the Renew Life pet care line. Dr. Murphy discusses some of the most commonly used herbal medications, natural remedies and flower essences along with the benefits and uses of each in the following interview.
Are you wondering if your dog could benefit from a natural remedy? Here’s the perfect chance to find out.
Don’t forget to join us again next week. Until then, have a great week.
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