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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets Hardcover – November 1, 1999

4.3 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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The Tilfords' book introduces readers to hundreds of plant medicines that can be used in the daily care of animals. The authors, both herbalists, begin with a chapter on the principles and practices of herbalism, explaining the basics of herbal preparations and what they call the "ethical use of herbs." They discuss the connection between herbs and diet and give guidelines for feeding dogs and cats. The bulk of the book is a 191-page guide to herbs for animals. Each entry includes a description of the plant, its habitat and range, its cycle and bloom season, preparation, common uses, availability, and propagation and harvest techniques. Also included are a warning of its side effects--if any--and a photograph of the plant. There's a wealth of information here, enabling pet owners to select, prepare, and apply natural remedies, some of which may be growing in their own backyards. George Cohen

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Tilford is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and president of the Natural Pet Products Association. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BowTie Press; 1st edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889540463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889540467
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Keith on January 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Herbs for Pets is a huge, useful, interesting, well-researched book, illustrated with gorgeous full color photos, and printed on high quality, glossy stock. At first glance it seems like a coffee table book, and the quality of the design and photography reinforce that impression. However, the content exceeds even the highest expectations.
Both authors are experienced herbalists, and this book is far more than a list of recipes for dealing with common health problems. It covers the principles and theories of herbal medicine, as well as ethical issues involved with using plants.
There are literally hundreds of plant medicines included in this massive resource. Each entry includes a plant description, information on cultivating and obtaining the plant, a guide to the preparation and administration of the herb, beautiful, large, clear, color photographs of the herbs, and information on contraindications and side effects. There is easy to understand information about what common maladies can be treated by each herb contained with the description of each herb. The herb guide alone is almost 200 pages long, but the book includes more than that. It is followed by an excellent encyclopedia of ailments, with practical care suggestions as well as references to appropriate herbs.
There is even a comprehensive section on nutrition, utilizing the holistic approach that sets the Tilfords apart as herbalists. They cover nutrition and herbal care for many species of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, and reptiles. They describe Western, ayurvedic, and Chinese herbs, and give information on how to grow many useful herbs in your own garden.
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Format: Hardcover
I have waited impatiently for this book and I have not been disappointed.

"Herbs for Pets" is clearly written, giving common and botanical names, along with which family the plant is from, and comprehensive details on the use of each herb and its parts.

"Herb For Pets" covers a wide range of topics from alternative and complementary medicines to grieving for the loss of a loved companion animal.

The authors have gone to great lengths to give wonderful references and resources. The plates of the plants and the illustrations are excellent.

This book is not only a must for your library, it is very nicely written and with obvious empathy and compassion for guardian and companion animal.

You will find "Herbs for Pets" a valuable resource that you will refer to often.
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Format: Paperback
I've just received a copy of the second edition in hopes that the authors or editors had found a way to improve on an already useful book.

Unfortunately, the most striking difference is that the new edition has about half the content. I'm planning on returning the new edition because there are plenty of other, less expensive cursory books about herbs for pets.
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I'm EXTREMELY disappointed in this book and, if you are looking for natural remedies for your pets, you will be too. The majority of the content is polluted by pages and pages of unnecessary lectures on issues such as the use of holistic medicine vs. orthodox medicine in our society, and a somewhat insulting one on the "basics guidelines for the harvesting of wild plants" just to name a few. I've been a certified, practicing herbalist for 15 years and I feel the author has harmed rather than helped pet owners with the serious lack of information needed to actually use herbs and natural medicine effectively. There are too many inadequacies such as the instructions for the basic herbal preparations, the importance of various carriers and when to use them, and the omission of essential oils as a crucial part of natural medicine. Also, I find the authors view that diet is the cause and solution to many of the most common ailments pet owners are seeking treatments for such as skin issues and allergies ignorant and insulting to the intelligence of pet owners. I feed my dogs an all natural diet with no fillers or byproducts and have still had them develop allergies and skin problems common to their breed which were easily treated with herbs and essential oils. Also, providing that type of erroneous information based on opinion leads to animals suffering unnecessarily. After reading multiple examples of this, wading thru pages and pages of unneeded scientific data, as well as, inadequate, limited questionably harmful recipes and treatments, I would strongly caution against purchasing this, especially for horses. If you're looking to treat a horse I would recommend A Modern Horse Herbal by Hilary Page Self. I've used it to reliably treat our roping horses for years with great results.Read more ›
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What a beautiful book. Everyone who comes in the living room sees it on the table and starts to read it. If you are just starting on alternative health for your pet or have been doing it for awhile this book is the greatest. There is so much advertising about herbs that it is hard to know what to do or beleive and now there is a resource for treating your pet the natural way. This is a wonderful reference for the health of our animals. I like the additional infornation on nutrition plus the A to Z on Herbs. You can not help but feel the love of animals the authors share with us and the wonder of their lives growing and learning about herbs. If you love your pets you will love this book.
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