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Because all plants contain thousands of chemicals with thousand of biologic activities, dosages can vary and still be effective. With so many chemicals present one can hardly miss in seeking a single chemical, even at levels as small as parts per billion that would contribute to the resolution of an ailment. It is believed that our bodies like those of pets and domesticated animals can reach into this herbal potpourri and find at least traces of a compound, which will help resolve a medical problem.

When a veterinarian prescribes a "magic bullet" solution for an ailment it contains only selected chemicals. This magic bullet can be very effective if the diagnosis and the prescription match. However, to often this is not the case! A herbal remedy with its thousands of chemical compounds has a much better chance of offering a useful biologic activity. In other words, the herbal "shotgun" may be much more effective than the "magic bullet."

Unlike many drugs, herbs are relatively safe and gentle. They are very forgiving and offer a much greater margin of error and fewer adverse effects. One very important thing to remember is in dealing with herbs and herbal remedies inclusive tinctures that they are slower acting and will take a bit longer to work. The most common cause of failure when using herbs is giving up to soon. Time and consistent use are a herbs best friend.

When looking at a specific dosage for pets there are two important considerations;

1) the weight of the animal

2) type of illnesses (acute, long term, restorative etc.)

These are major elements when considering the dosage use. Generally 1:5 ratio herbal tinctures made from dried material offer equivalent in strength to 1:1 extracts made from fresh material. Most tinctures have a strength of 1:5 so a dose would equal drops per pounds of the body weight up to 50 pounds, then one drop for every four pounds after. For acute problems the dosage would not be increased, but the number of dosages given a day would. For example: a maintenance dose would be twice a day and acute dosages could be up to four to five times a day.

These are the major benefits in using premium quality high potency Physician grade liquid herbal tinctures:

1) the dosage can easily be dropped directly on the pets food. No trying to force a pill or tablet

2) the closer a product is to be liquid state the more easily and effectively it is absorbed into the system

3) the tinctures contain only purified water, grain alcohol and herbal extracts, no artificial fillers, colorants or other harsh hazardous chemicals

4) the products travel easily with you

This is a time of renewed interest in herbology and is applications for humans as well as pets and more Veterinarians treat these days animals holistically. More detailed information is readily available through books and the internet.

Words of Wisdom

The art of medicine is to follow nature, to imitate and assist her in the cure of diseases.

Thomas Reid (Scottish Philosopher 1710 – 1796)


Complementary and Alternative Veterinary medicine by Allen M. Schoen & Susan G. Wynn

All you wanted to know about herbs for pets, by Mary L. Wulff-Tilford & Gregory Tilford

About the author

Klaus Ferlow, herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder, President and co-owner of FERLOW BOTANICALS, Div. of Ferlow Brothers Ltd, Vancouver, B.C., manufacturing, distributing TOXIN free medicinal herbal and personal care products to professional health & wellness practitioners and selected stores with practitioners on staff since 1993. , www.ferlowbotanicals.com

His educational articles have been published in dozen of Health Magazines, Magazines, Newspapers, Newsletters in Canada and numerous websites around the world.

Disclaimer: This information is offered for its educational value and should not be used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease, please contact your health care practitioner.

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