As more and more people find success using herbal therapy for themselves, they start to wonder about helping their pets using the same therapies.

Herbal (botanical) medicine involves the practice of prescribing plant products, or products derived directly from plants for the treatment of disease. Botanical medicine strives to derive healing products from plants – and can offer a cornucopia of potential benefits for our pets.

Herbs are considered plant based drugs. They differ from pharmaceuticals by having a multiplicity of active, inactive, and unknown constituents with additive, synergist, and/or balancing properties. When choosing and administering an herb for your pet, it is important to remember our knowledge is limited, and there is no guarantee that it is safe, pure, or effective. Therefore, it is important to work with a veterinarian and understand the risk/benefit trade-offs when considering herbs. There are so many useful conventional and integrative therapies that can be blended together for the best results – it does not have to be either or – it can be the best of both worlds.

Herbal consults are available for your pet with Dr. Cantrell, and may be recommended as part of your pet’s therapy.