Herbal remedies for dogs are somewhat recommended by various natural medicine practitioners worldwide. It was known to be one of the best alternatives that dog owners should consider. It is for the dog owners who are living in frugality and on a limited budget in buying medical relief for their sick dogs.
In today’s reality, dog owners are relying more on the medicines that the animal doctor or local veterinarian prescribe. However, there are some who are aiming for home remedies that can be harmful like giving milk to your dog and other dairy products without seeking professional advice.
Just like humans, dogs are prone to degenerative diseases once getting older. Accept the fact that the older you get, the weaker your immune system is. However, the immune system of a dog could maintain once it provides with the right amount of micronutrients.
One of the upsides of herbal remedies is it’s safety to a human or dog’s kidney and other major organs of the body. It says that synthetic medication is not ideal for long-term health because of the chemicals included in the content. Prescription meds from animal doctors could only give your dog some relief, but it does not prevent it from getting worse for months or years to come. It is why dog owners thought that herbal remedies are the perfect alternatives in dog health.
However, most of them did not know about the truth and reality of these herbal remedies for dogs. It is not meant to put these remedies down, but dog owners have the right to know the truth behind this.
Without further ado, here are the realities of herbal remedies for dogs that you should know today:
Reality #1 – Herbal remedies have no scientific study
Most of the dog owners believe that herbal remedies do have studies that could prove its effectiveness. However, they did not realize that it is not enough for a dog to stay healthy at all times. They did not know that herbal remedies have no scientific study to prove that it is effective for dogs with different illnesses. It is one reason why most of the doctors are not prescribing or recommending herbal solutions to their clients, and it is not even listed in any pharmaceutical directory book worldwide.
Reality #2 – Herbal remedies have no therapeutic or health claims
In the Philippines, most of the human and dog herbal supplements are being labeled with “No Approved Therapeutic Claims” by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA). It means there are no guarantees that these remedies would work for your dog in the long term. There is no miracle when it comes to using herbal remedies as a natural alternative for your dog’s health. Never expect that these alternative solutions could keep your dog healthy for many years to come.
Reality #3 – Herbal remedies have very low absorption rate to the dog’s bloodstream
Another reality that dog owners need to know is the low absorption rate of herbal remedies. Since that these remedies have no scientific study or health claims, understand that the nutrients will not be fully absorbed in your dog’s bloodstream that leads to its ineffectiveness. It means that it is not that worth for you to rely more on herbal remedies to assure the health of your dog.
Reality #4 – Herbal remedies are not a long term solution to dogs
Many of the dog owners think that herbal remedies could help their dog live longer than they expected. Unfortunately, they are not designed to maintain your dog’s well-being for several years. Just like humans, dog cells should protect itself from foreign particles such as pollution, radiation, and toxins, and they can invade through airborne breathing. They cannot provide the complete spectrum of micronutrients that is necessary to keep the pets healthy.
Facing the reality
If this fact hurts you for your dog, you should be thankful to this one. Although there is nothing wrong for you to provide herbal remedies to your dog, it is not recommended for long term healthy. It is why they’re only called as remedies to ease the pain of your dog and never rely too much on this solution. Seek professional advice from a veterinarian or local animal doctor on how to provide your dog with the right amount of nutrients to be taken on a daily basis in maintaining long term health.
About the author
Jeff Caceres is a co-contributor of Love Your Woof. He loves to spend his spare time with his four Mixed Shih Tzu and Maltese breeds, a Belgian, a German Shepherd, and an unknown breed that he rescued from the streets. He uses blogging as a way of connecting with other dog owners in sharing tips and advice regarding dog health and training.