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Herbal Formulae Therapy and Your Pet


Herbal formulae therapy is a form of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). This type of therapy can be used to treat a variety of ailments in pets with successful results. The treatment utilizes plants with active therapeutic properties to relieve unwanted symptoms in your pet. Herbal formulae therapy has been used for thousands of years. Due to this, a large amount of clinical experience about the effects of the herbs already exists. Below are answers to several common questions about herbal formulae therapy.

How Successful Is It?

The level of success of herbal formulae treatment depends on several different aspects. One is the age of the patient. Like any other medicine, younger pets will sometimes respond better faster, while older pets may require prolonged treatment. Prior treatment history is also a factor. If an animal has a history of responding well to herbal formulae, then future treatments may also be successful. In addition, diagnosis can play a critical role in the success of the treatment. Having a proper veterinary diagnosis is essential for a successful any type of treatment, including herbal formulae therapy.

Which Conditions Can It Treat?

Herbal formulae therapy has been developed for use in treating many different conditions. Many conditions that respond well to herbal formulae therapy are ones that have proven difficult to successfully treat with conventional veterinary medicine. These can include anything from chronic conditions such as kidney failure and arthritis to irritating conditions like severe allergies. Herbal formulae therapy can also be used to support the regular functions of healthy organs.

Is It Safe For My Pet?

If administered by an experienced and professional veterinary specialist, unwanted side effects and reactions due to herbal formulae treatment are rare. If any side effects do occur, they are usually mild and short lived. The reason for most issues involving herbal formulae treatments is that many countries do not regulate the quality of herbs produced there. Because of this, the quality of herbs can vary widely. Many professionals have opted to use organic products to avoid these uncertainties. The safest option is to make sure that pets that have been treated with herbal formulae are monitored properly after the therapy.

Can It Be Combined With Other Treatments?

Combining herbal formulae therapy and conventional veterinary medicine is possible, and sometimes preferable, however it requires complete communication between your pet’s medical providers. Some herbal formulae treatments can interfere with conventional drug therapy by negating the effects of one of the treatments, or worse, agitating the condition meant to be treated or making it worse. To avoid this, if your herbal formulae practitioner and veterinarian are not the same, pet owners must obtain detailed information to pass between them in regards to the treatment the pet is receiving. If proper information is shared with both practitioners then treatments can be chosen that do not interfere with other medications.

If you would like more information about herbal formulae treatments, or if this treatment has been recommended for your pet, contact Wimberley Complementary Pet Care, PLLC in Austin, TX.