There are many books & blogs on the use of herbs available online. We often refer to the book titled “Herbs for Pets“,
by Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff. Self-medication is a rapidly
growing topic of interest in pharmacists, physicians, ethnobotanists,
parasitologist, conservationists, and ecologists for research and
development, and one would be able to assume that the research
initiatives will start vindicating herbal solutions as alternatives to
chemical. We have therefore only listed those sources, resources and
research papers that we used to research the topic of herbs and spices
for cats and dogs. There are many more available online and through
resources such as Google Scholar.
We should never forget that the ancestors of our
domesticated fur kids were wild and capable of looking after themselves
very successfully using what nature had provided. It is also important
to remember that with herbs (and spices), there are no absolutes, but
rather, ranges of active components in a plant. Nature does not create
every plant equally. Our list is therefore not definitive, nor
exhaustive, but growing and “work in progress“, focused on a small subset of herbs and spices that are safe for cats and dogs, so check back on a regular basis.
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