Herbal Supplements & Dietary Management for Pets
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbs have been used successfully to treat animals for more than 6,000 years throughout the world. Herbal medicine is the use of botanical compounds, either as single components or as part of a multiple component botanical medical remedy. Traditional Chinese medicine regards each of the hundreds of herbs used as having unique energetic properties. These properties are considered when creating an herbal formula. Blended in the proper balance and administered correctly, herbal formulas can be used short or long term to improve and sustain health. Herbs work on many levels within an animal’s system, allowing the animal’s innate healing powers to come into play. Many herbs have almost drug-like effects and can improve digestion, reduce inflammation, enhance healing, stop bleeding, fight infection, clear up urinary tract infections, unclog stuffed nostrils and sinuses, and so on. For the most part, herbs are safe to use. Chinese herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Dr. Evans has had formal training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the Chi Institute, and various continuing education meetings.
Dietary & Nutraceutical Management
Quality diets have been developed that use the best commercial foods available combined with antioxidants, omega three oils, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. Healthy, good quality leftovers from your own meal can be added as a supplement to commercial foods. Homemade diets are also a good option, but not everyone is suited to prepare these diets due to lifestyle, time constraints, philosophy, and motivational reasons. Diet recommendations are made to suit the individual animal’s metabolism and state of health.
Nutraceuticals are compounds that have been isolated and concentrated pharmaceutically from food materials. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucosamine sulfate, and chondroitin sulfate are examples. These compounds are extremely safe when used properly and can be of far greater benefit to the body than when taken in their whole food form, mainly due to the increased concentration.