Alternative medicine for pets is about two important things.
1. Treating and preventing health problems that commonly affect pet animals like dogs and cats using natural remedies.
2. Strengthening their immune system and increasing their vitality so that they stay healthy for a long time.
Why consider alternative pet health supplements?
Alternative medications, herbal and homeopathic medications in particular, are very effective. Unlike most other types of medications, they do not treat just the symptoms of a health problem. They also treat the cause of the problem. Also, these medications mostly contain herbs and other medicinal plants which are completely natural. So, unlike some prescription drugs, they do not cause any allergic reactions or other such side effects.
What to look for?
Some of the most important ingredients you should look for in alternative pet health supplements include Indian ginseng, mistletoe, milk thistle, and Huang Qi. These herbs are known for their ability to boost the immune system of pet animals like dogs and cats. They have been used by naturopathy practitioners across the world for hundreds of years.
Alternative medicine for pets – are they a better alternative to conventional pet medications?
We cannot say that for sure. These medications are surely effective. But they cannot replace conventional medications completely. There are a lot of health problems in pets which can be treated only with conventional medications. These natural remedies are definitely a good nutritional supplement for your pets. But in case of a severe health problem, you should always consult your vet and act according to his advice.
Pet health – important things to consider
Beyond making sure your pet always has fresh water, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation such as play, diet is the next important component. There are over 40 nutrients required for a sound diet. These are difficult to replicate in home prepared meals and should be either purchased via a high quality AAFCO certified pet food or via recipes prepared by a veterinary nutritionist. Randomly providing foods is sure to miss important vitamins and minerals.
As an added layer of protection, a natural supplement can help the body help itself. As pet owners, we are all adjusting our diets for better help by taking a multi-vitamin, drinking juices or other positive steps. For pets, these same approaches and the use of natural supplements designed for pets can be helpful.
Jeff Grill is a pet enthusiast, publisher, and webmaster. Jeff grew up with a natural curiosity regarding how nutrition and supplements impact human health, and the health of the dogs and cats that are so important to our lives. He is an advocate for natural medicine and publishes many articles on how to blend conventional and homeopathic (natural) approaches to achieving wellness. You can learn more about natural approaches to pet health at the following site – alternative medicine for pets. You can also read more at the site the author edits which is the Dog Health Handbook.