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Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet's Life (CompanionHouse Books) A-Z Guide to Medicinal Plants, Holistic Recipes, and Nutritional Supplements for Dogs, Cats, Horses, Birds, and More Paperback – July 7, 2009
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Herbs for Pets
The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet's Life
For the past decade, Herbs for Pets has been an indispensable resource for anyone who owns or cares for companion animals. Written by two of the world's most respected herbalists, the second edition of this exhaustive compendium offers the latest scientific information as well as traditional, historical, and philosophical perspectives on hundreds of medicinal plants and natural therapies. Here you will find an illustrated tour through the herbs—including Western, ayurvedic, and Chinese—that grow in North America; their holistic applications and contraindications; and alternative approaches to treating a wide range of ailments. You will also learn to identify and grow a variety of herbs for yourself. Valuable to the health of your pet and the environment, this book will prove a go-to resource time and again for helping your pet the natural way.
Gregory L. Tilford is an author, consultant, and teacher in the field of veterinary botanical medicine whose work has appeared in dozens of professional journals and periodicals. He is an active lecturer and educator, presenting seminars and developing continuing education courses at leading educational institutions throughout America and abroad. A pioneer of the natural pet care industry, he is the formulating herbalist and president of two Montana-based companies that produce natural supplements for companion animals: Animals' Apawthecary Co. and Animal Essentials, Inc. He is author of other books on herbs and herbal medicines, including From Earth to Herbalist, Herbal Remedies for Dogs & Cats, Edible & Medicinal Plants of the West, and The EcoHerbalist's Fieldbook.
Mary L. Wulff is a member of the American Herbalists Guild who devotes her time and expertise to the holistic care of animals. She is renowned for her work as a holistic animal-care consultant and teacher. Mary holds certificates in natural therapies and aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies and in phytotherapy from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in England, and she has a diploma in veterinary homeopathy (DiHom) from the British Institute of Homeopathy. The founder of Animals' Apawthecary Co., a company specializing in low-alcohol herbal extracts for animals, she has authored articles for several periodicals, including Natural Dog and Natural Cat, and has coauthored a book on herbal remedies for dogs and cats.
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Mary Wulff is an herbalist and holistic expert.
Greg L. Tilford is an herbalist and holistic expert.
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I highly reccomend it- My dog was so sick, I thought she was dying, (I had taken her to the vet, who said my dog missed my daughter who had moved out 2 years prior, even though I told him I didn't think it was that- since it was so long ago and the symtoms she was experiencing were recent. Plus my daughter never even played with the dog & I felt it was allergies or digestive) I followed the advice of this book and within 2 DAYS of using the herbs as reccomended- she went from being listless and refusing to eat- while trembling in pain- to wanting food again, no trembling and bouncing around like a puppy!
Probably saved me hundreds if not thousands in vet bills.
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. The Tilfords explain different fields of complementary and alternative medicine, including acupuncture and homeopathy, and indicate which modality is useful for what conditions. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more useful comes the guide to losing animals to death and a listing of holistic veterinarians who work with herbs, as well as holistic veterinary organizations. There is even a short list of recommended commercial foods for those who aren't ready to make their pets' food themselves.
Still, the cornerstone of the book is the detailed, lushly illustrated herb guide, or materia medica. Each entry is at least two pages long, and most are several pages long and include multiple large photographs. The quality of this resource cannot be overstated.
If you have an interest in herbal medicine, for humans or for animals, this book will be a treasured classic and more than earn its shelf space. Its price of around forty dollars might seem steep if you haven't actually seen the book, but I have seen many books of this quality and much less usefulness for twice that amount. The publisher intends a price increase of about ten dollars in June, so it might be wise to get the book sooner rather than later. You won't be sorry!
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Even if your pet is healthy this is a great book to have at home, just in case something happens. From Cancer to vomiting to ear infections....everything is covered. Money well spent.
The only reason I did not give this book a five star rating is there is very little information on pets other than cats and dogs; that being said, it is still a wonderful addition to my collection of herbal books.
Are described some recipes about herbal decoction for pets and horses