How to Ensure Results from your Pet's Natural Remedy
In a previous article I discussed 3 steps to help you research and choose the right natural remedy for your pet. In this article I explain how to ensure you get results from it.
1. Have Patience
It’s no secret that natural remedies take longer to act then pharmaceutical medications. But, many people still forget this. To give you a better idea of what to expect use this general rule:
In general expect to give your pet the natural remedy for 1 month for every 6 months the condition has been present. Keep in mind the condition could have been present before you knew it was.
That is a general rule for how long you will roughly need to give the remedy for, but what about determining how long it will take to notice any changes? I will be honest, this is less easily defined. In general, you should start to see some changes within 1 week.
Unless your pet is not agreeing with the remedy (for e.g., constipation, diarrhea etc.) the worst thing you could do is lose patience in the remedy too early. Natural remedies take time and when you do give them the time to have an affect your pet will be rewarded with health (and with less side affects than the medication).
I am sure you have heard this one before, and not just to do with pet health. When it comes to natural remedies for your pet I would recommend that you choose moderation. The more supplements and therapies you add the less likely you will be able to figure out what is helping and what is not, it will cost you more money and could overwhelm your pet. Come up with a plan of action for your pet’s health. Choose 1-3 supplements and a whole foods diet plan (we recommend cooked or raw diet) and follow through.
One of the biggest determining factors of weather or not your natural remedy will work well for your pet is the quality of the product. The following are a few things you should be looking for when buying a herbal supplement or sourcing dried herbs:
· Colour – If you can see the herbal matter it should still contain colour. A sign of poor quality herbal material is herbs that are burnt looking or dark brown (with a few exceptions)
· Organic plant material
· Clearly labeled with few other ingredients
Observation is key! When you notice the small changes in your pet’s health you are better able to choose and adjust their remedies. The following are a few things we suggest monitoring:
· Bowels – Look for changes in texture, colour, frequency
· Energy levels – How are they different from day to day?
· Skin and Coat – Look for changes in moisture, fur loss, dandruff etc.
· Appetite – Has their appetite increased/decreased at all
The number one way to ensure your remedy works is to actually give the recommended dosage to your pet every day. This is easier said the done! We are all guilty of buying a supplement with the best of intentions only to have it sit on the shelf. The best way to avoid this is to make it apart of your daily routine. I like to keep the remedy close to other pet supplies and always administer at meals. Do you have any other tricks? We have a customer who gave the responsibility to their daughter and it’s become something she looks forward to everyday.
These are the tips we have to get the most of your pet’s natural remedy. I hope these help you get more efficient results from your pet’s supplement. Do you have any other suggestions or comments for us? Tell us in the comments below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR / Rickilee Walls MH.
Rickilee Walls is the co-founder of Companion Herbals and chief medical herbalist for TGIPT, a supplement based dog treat company in Vancouver BC. A passionate educator, Rickilee enjoys teaching pet parents about herbal medicine and how to make their own herbal remedies for their pet. She is an advocate for the environment discouraging the use of endangered plant species and encouraging sustainable practices.