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Herbal Support for Canine (Dogs) Health

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Addisons disease is known as Hypoadrenocortism, it is the opposite to Cushings disease. It is an uncommon condition in dogs being a failure of the adrenal glands to produce enough glucocorticoid and...

Some dogs and cats are prone to runny noses and sneezing, much like hay fever in humans. The cause of this may be obvious like dust, pollen or seasonal changes or even following exposure to certain fo...

If your dog has this allergy, when they are bitten by a flea, the itching that results is from the injection of saliva. Their reaction is much more severe and prolonged than what “normal” dogs’ ...

There are a few things that may help with an anal gland problem. Keep your dog lean: overweight dogs tend to have more problems with their anal glands. Feed bones at least 3 times a week to ensure tha...

Many dogs with diagnosed Rheumatism or Arthritis are on long term anti-inflammatory drugs for pain, and most of these are at risk from the side effects of such medications. I recommend experimenti...

Herbal approaches to parasites all revolve around discouraging rather than killing the parasites. Also herbs provide support for your dogs own systems defences. I prescribe individual formulations i...

This is a combination of Calendula and Yarrow and acts as an antiseptic and astringent to stop blood flow from an open wound. It can be squirted or sprayed directly into a wound as first aid to reduce...

For Auto Immune Disorders start with the Conditioning mix. As well use a separate mix of Liquorice and Elecampane extract, the dose is 5 drops twice daily. Elecampane is high in allantoin, which is...

Bladder stones come in several mineral compositions. The most common stone types are oxalate and struvite and since the approach is completely different for each type, it is crucial to determine the s...

I developed my Circulation Blood Quality mix to address all conditions involving low iron and oxygen levels in the blood as well well as poor circulation generally. The herbal combination I chose fo...

Hot Spots and Skin Sores are really a manifestation of a buildup of toxins under the skin seeking release through a local infective process. This is one avenue that the immune system uses to rid the b...

Skin problems in dogs, cats and most other animals are most effectively treated by dealing with the internal conditions which predispose a particular animal to a sensitive or unhealthy skin the first ...

The boil can be caused by an infected hair follicle, sebaceous cyst, dietary insufficiency or toxins building up in the circulatory system and parking themselves under the skin as a boil. Treat with a...

This mix is for broken, bruised or cracked bones and also to assist in the process of maturity in the bones of growing puppies or dogs from a line susceptible to congenital weakness in bones. It con...

When treating this condition from a herbal point of view, we need to settle the metabolic disturbance that has resulted in an inflammation in the walls of the bowel and most likely also within the pel...

I recommend that you start your puppy immediately on the Bone Healing, Bone Maturity Mix.Once the cast is off, if you can source elecampane leaves or roots, mash them in a blender mix with linseed oil...

  To support healing you can make ‘porridge' of white French millet and linseed (flax seeds). Soak overnight or simmer for a few minutes to make this. Alternatively, use two teaspoons of this mix ...

Diarrhoea can set up a pattern of physical irritation in the gut which is self-perpetuating. Eventually causing damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal system generally and especially in the colo...

Alternative medicine is very much do-it-yourself medicine much as was practiced by all those in charge of stock for the past several thousand years. It is only recently that we have been encouraged to...

The whole question about viral and bacterial involvement in respiratory infection is one which has been skewed for a very long time as the medical profession had nothing but antibiotics to offer. Orig...

Heartworm is a dangerous condition and difficult to treat. Orthodox veterinary medical practitioners normally recommend Arsenic treatment at frightfully expensive prices and then hope for the best. ...

Incontinence in dogs is usually associated with old age but it can happen to dogs of any age. It's important to figure out what the underlying cause is by taking your dog to the vet. Incontinence in ...

I discuss many of the issues faced by older dogs and make a variety of suggestions as to how their health may be enhanced. Their health and prospects are very much tied up with the owner, diet and all...

The very first thing you must do for your older dog is to take a long hard critical look at both the dog and at yourself. What I mean to say is you have to decide whether you are looking at a old dog ...

I would like to recommend my herbal Eye Treatment which will quickly bring your dog's eye health up to its maximum potential. At the very least I would expect to stop further deterioration. After th...

Fats are a major source of fuel for the metabolism. Two major fats in the body are cholesterol and triglycerides. They attach themselves to proteins so they can travel through the blood stream. Choles...

This mixture provides specific support in the reversal of the process of cholesterol stone formation in the gall bladder. It is the same treatment I use with my human patients with such problems. Th...

Chronic inner ear infections do plague some dogs. This is serious condition and can lead to hearing loss. Acute otitis media is an infection that produces pus, fluid and inflammation within the ear....

I developed my Circulation Blood Quality mix to address all conditions involving low iron and oxygen levels in the blood as well well as poor circulation generally. The herbal combination I chose fo...

Collapsing Trachea occurs because of inefficiency in the nourishment to the supporting tissue. A combination of herbs are used to  support the key systems- in particular the Muscular, Respir...

Collie nose problems may result from either one of two causes. Firstly, Discoid Lupus Erythematosus , an autoimmune disease which can eventually lead to squamous cell carcinoma  if untreated or s...

Colloidal Silver was used and proven to be effective against hundreds of disease-causing bacterium by the 1940s. Its action as a broad spectrum antibiotic has never been matched by the modern pharmace...

This complex herbal mixture is my primary rehabilitation tonic for dogs suffering critical metabolic stress resulting from over-medication, digestive problems, liver damage, poisoning, severe trauma, ...

Cardiac pulmonary edema also known as congestive heart failure occurs when the diseased or overworked left ventricle isn't able to pump out enough of the blood it receives from your lungs. As a result...

Conjunctivitis merely means inflammation of the conjunctival membrane. The cells of this organ are quite sensitive to many substances. Pollens are the most common agents resulting in an acute allergic...

Cortisone is a chemical (hormone) made by the adrenal gland, and is essential for life. They control allergies, inflammation, and many disease processes. Cortisone is released from the adrenal gland w...

My program for treating Cushing's Disease is to provide my standard metabolic reconditioning mix Canine Conditioning along with a specific mix directed at the adrenal malfunction which underlies Cushi...

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system...

Demodectic mange is caused by an external parasite that is present in low numbers on all healthy animals. Whether or not a pet shows symptoms of this disease depends primarily on their immune status. ...

We all know about the Pancreas because we know it is involved in Diabetes and that it is somehow responsible for managing blood sugar through producing a substance called insulin. Diabetes Mellitus ...

There are two types of diabetes. Type I (also known as Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus). Requires daily shots of insulin. Type II (Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus). Dietary changes usual...

It is true that if the external ear canal is inflamed to the point that the skin has been damaged then the alcohol will sting. Mostly when a dog shakes its head it is just clearing the liquid from it...

  There are very many different herbs and combinations which are used by the various herbal traditions to treat Epilepsy. My own formulations come from the European Herbal Tradition and it is...

I am always pleased when Veterinary Surgeons, involved with cases which I am treating, express an interest in the herbs and approach I use. This I see as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the ...

Eye infections, irritations and injuries are best treated by providing nourishment, healing and antiseptic herbs directly to the eye itself. My eyewash formulation does just this, and is made up of ...

Fatty tumours or Lipomas may be large or small and can occur anywhere, but are most commonly found in the armpit, side, and abdominal area. Fatty tumours can grow to enormous sizes and because of this...

Fertility has been a preoccupation with herbal medicine forever and the ancient herbalists were just as concerned about the fertility of their domesticated animals as for themselves. Therefore, in eve...

The stud dog in work has special requirements and it is important that he is healthy and keen in order to perform at his best and produce the most viable sperm. His emotional wellbeing is just as im...

Our canine friends suffer hugely from any infestation of fleas unfortunately there is very little which is safe and which works to protect dogs from fleas and any of the natural deterrents have to be ...

Recurrent ear infections are not primarily bacterial at all. The ear canal is a nice warm moist environment which is an ideal host for a fungal (yeast) infection. In most dogs the ear canal has a bend...

This is the name of the most practical and down to earth book I have read on the care and feeding of Dogs. It was written by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, a Vet who now practices in the same town in which I ...

I recommend this program to protect your dog against contracting one of the 'super bugs' while undergoing surgery, intravenous treatment or otherwise staying over at a Veterinary Hospital. It can be s...

The history you describe is an indication of an accumulating blood. Toxicity problem, where the body stores toxins it is unable to clear from the blood under skin causing it to become itchy, reactive...

Green stools could be caused by a variety of reasons. If the green stool occurs along with vomiting and/or diahorrea, the dog may be showing symptoms of an irritated bowel. A dog's stool may be affec...

The wetting patterns of Greyhound Racing Dogs are often the first indications of something going wrong with their health. Wetting in the Kennel: The Greyhound by nature is a fastidious animal and w...

Gum disease in dogs is usually due to poor dental hygiene. The top reason for gum disease is a reliance on tinned dog food and biscuits. We clean our teeth with a toothbrush and the dog cleans its te...

There are very specific herbs to support the heart insofar as its electrical regularity and the strength of the muscle are concerned. Heart problems have been a concern of mankind since time began. ...

The Heart Repair Formulation  is recommended when it has been established that there is some damage or degenerative heart condition beyond normal ageing,  This mixture includes all the ingredients...

Heart murmurs found in dogs are often nothing more than a defect in a valve which has been there since birth and not picked up until a checkup of some sort. No doubt your Vet will have some idea abou...

Heartworm is a dangerous condition and difficult to treat. Orthodox veterinary medical practitioners normally recommend Arsenic treatment at frightfully expensive prices and then hope for the best. ...

The Digestive System of a Dog is Different: Dogs are primarily carnivores not herbivores like horses or cows. They have a much shorter and faster digestive tract and they don't usually eat weeds. Ho...

Dogs, being primarily carnivores  have a much shorter and faster digestive tract . Dogs don’t  usually eat weeds except for grass  when they feel a little unwell . How can we assu...

  Canine hip dysplasia is a very common degenerative joint disease seen in dogs. There are many misconceptions surrounding it. Dogs of all ages are subject to the symptoms of hip dysplasia and the...

Histiocytic sarcoma (benign tumor) Histiocytomas are common benign (noncancerous) tumors that occur in dogs younger than 3 years old. They are usually solitary (single lesions) but multiple histiocyto...

  This specific herbal treatment is especially effective for older dogs (often bitches but not always) who no longer have normal control over their urination. The mix includes: Rosehips, Saw Palme...

Invertebral Disc disease is a condition in which the cartilaginous disc ruptures and intrudes into the spinal canal between the vertebras & compresses the Spinal cord. The symptoms you are noticing ...

This mixture of Lung Tonics with Garlic and Kelp has been formulated to help with coughs and respiratory problems of all descriptions. I developed the mixture over 10 years ago and it has always prove...

Now that antibiotics no longer work we have to go back to the old fashioned way of treating chest and respiratory infections which involve supporting the bodies immunity; breaking down and clearing in...

  This mixture is specifically designed to treat severe trauma such as in bleeding resulting from acidosis or injury. It is to be used for a short period of time only until the bleeding has stopped ...

The most common problems I treat in racing greyhounds are kidney problems. Why should this be so? Is it something we feed them? Is it a weakness of the breed? Is it something we do to them in trainin...

I have a great deal of experience with Kidney and Urinary Tract problems in dogs and have several articles on the subject describing what you can do yourself and what I can send to you to support yo...

In companion dogs I am finding an increasing tendency toward Kidney and Liver problems which I ascribe to the chemicals in commercial dog food. I know there are various flavour enhancers which are use...

Damage to the liver or interference with its functions can have many different causes since the liver plays a major role in most metabolic processes in the body. The liver reconditioning mix may be re...

Reasons to possibly consider our lung capacity mix:- Pulmonary oedema (fluid in lung tissue caused by congestive heart failure) may be the reason behind chronic coughing. A coarse, dry, hacking co...

 The endless quest to get your dog to run faster pre-occupies all Greyhound Owners and Trainers and it fascinates me also. I am neither an owner nor a trainer but I am in regular contact with mor...

Maritime Pine Bark Extract has, for almost two decades, been our primary immune system tonic for dogs. It also forms an important part of all our Canine Cancer programs.  Our ...

Give Your Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst - Veterinary Surgeon: $29.00 Grow Your Pups on Bones by Ian Billinghurst - Veterinary Surgeon: $35.50 I recommend and can supply these two simple do-it-yourse...

 Following a life trauma or serious accident during work the nerve cells and plexuses of the central nervous sytem and peripheral nervous system and their surrounding sheaths may be damaged, this...

  This regimen is given during 48 hours prior to an event by mixing the dose with other treatments or water and syringing over the tongue. This tonic is used, as the name suggests, and is administ...

  This treatment is designed to nourish and restore the nervous system of a dog that is so stressed or nervy as to be its own worst enemy. This standard mix is my normal starting point for nervo...

 One of the functions of the pancreas is production of digestive enzymes. These are the enzymes that break down ingested foods into molecules the body can digest. These enzymes are carefully hand...

Peritonitis is an inflammation of the lining of the peritoneal cavity. Poor drainage in this area can mean death from blood poisoning if not addressed urgently. The peritoneum (lining of the cavity...

First of all poodles often have an excess of hair actually within the ear canal. Therefore it is best to pluck the hair out on a regular basis. Most of the time the hair is quite easy to pluck and t...

This specific herbal mix is to be given for at least one week prior to an operation, started again immediately afterward, and continued for at least 6 weeks. The speed of recovery from operations is d...

Difficulty in urinating in young racing greyhound dogs can be caused by a temporary engorgement of the prostate gland. This in turn is due to the overstimulation of adrenalin production during racing ...

There are many possible detrimental effects on a young pup when it is separated from its mother and siblings, 'processed' in a pet shop or kennel and placed in a new home. The total impact of all th...

One of the major considerations in treating for trauma - naturally after dealing with any life-threatening circumstance - is to deal with shock. Orthodox medicine has no specific treatment for shock w...

  Dose rate is 1 teaspoon made into a tea with 1 cup of boiling water and given with feed. Rosehips is an excellent source of organic iron compounds and it is higher in Vitamin C than almost a...

  A mix formulated for those in the litter that are somewhat "left behind" in development. The mix will promote development of strong healthy bones as well as stimulating the development of the brai...

 The complete treatment for scouring in dogs would be to rest the digestive system, nourish and support the liver, and heal any irritation in the stomach or gut lining which resulted from (or caused)...

We have had a number of calls for help from kennels in Europe and United Kingdom where this illness has been emerging over the last 12 months. The complete treatment for this scouring type illness i...

Septicaemia is now more likely to be called Sepsis and is an overload of bacteria in the blood stream resulting from infection in another part of the body such as the abdomen, urinary tract or the ski...

Usually the tremors decrease or disappears when the dog is relaxed or at rest. I suggest we begin with the Nervous Rehabilitation Mix as a starting point to treat the nervous system response to str...

This Show Dog Herbal Treatment works first and foremost by strengthening the digestive system of the canine while supplying trace elements and nutrients for optimum nervous system health. The result o...

This treatment provides relief and reduces symptoms at the time of an acute attack of a skin allergy or irritation. The herbal mix includes Thuja, Vervain, Euphorbia, Chamomile, Alfalfa and Hypericum...

This cream is specific for repair and healing of irritated, damaged or scarred skin after the cause factors have been resolved with internal treatments. It contains Elecampane and Maritime Pine al...

 This cream is similar to the Skin Healing Cream but contains slightly different ingredients. It is better suited to resolve current sensitivity, itching and irritation as well as promote healing o...

  Skin problems in dogs, cats and most other animals are most effectively treated by dealing with the internal conditions which predispose a particular animal to a sensitive or unhealthy skin the fi...

Slippery Elm Bark Powder is used to treat irritation in the gut and bowel and it will completely repair the mucus lining of any affected area. If a dog has an irritation due to surgery or a digestiv...

The spinal cord is the main pathway of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a tube like structure of nerves that are protected by the bones of the vertabrae. Nerves enter ...

The spinal cord is the main pathway of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a tube like structure of nerves that are protected by the bones of the vertebrae. Nerves enter ...

The pet on glucocorticoids is likely to experience the following: Increased hunger Increased thirst (and possibly urinary incontinence if there is inadequate access to an area for appropriate urin...

Ligament Damage, Tendonitis and Shin Soreness are best treated by using this specially prepared external cream in conjunction with the Tendon and Bone Treatment, which is given internally . The Tend...

The BARF Diet stands for "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food" or "Bones And Raw Food". The BARF Diet, written by Vet Ian Billinghurst, is the third book of the series that directly deals with feeding...

Obviously not being Vets we are not able to totally advise with regards to vaccinations. We can though most certainly give an opinion. The immunity that a puppy obtains from it's mum wears out somewh...

This mixture is given by syringe as a drench directly into the mouth or throat best mixed with cold Rosehips Tea or water. This treatment is all that is required to assist the dog's own immune system ...

Blood clotting is a natural process in which blood cells and fibrin strands clump together to stop bleeding after a blood vessel has been injured. Eventually the clot will form a protective scab over ...

The clinical symptoms of this disease are multisystemic i.e. it's a condition that affects many organ systems of the body and relates to increased or decreased metabolic rate. Owners often overlook e...

There are many sources of tick infection found in canines. Lyme disease, Tracker dog disease, Ehrlichiosis and Biliary infection are some of the names you might be familiar with that result from tic...

There are many sources of tick infection found in canines. Lyme disease, Tracker dog disease, Ehrlichiosis and Biliary infection are some of the names you might be familiar with that result from tick ...

This highly specialized blend of herbs was developed especially for the racing greyhound asked to perform at peak, week after week. Specifically, it contains herbs which maintain the health and stre...

There are major advantages in reducing the shock caused by panic, accident or injury or by any acute illness condition. Homeopathic treatments plus herbal anti-inflammatories and tonics all help the...

Some dogs sleep on a trip and some become excessively nervous or stressed. If the trip is to a racetrack or the competition arena, some dogs can be so excited during the trip that they are exhausted a...

Wetting in the open is one thing, wetting in the house is a totally different matter. A great proportion of companion dogs live indoors and any signs of wetting accidents should be checked out immed...

Many dogs, mostly small breeds, tremble or shake for no apparent reasons. Most vets, when pressed, can think of obscure diseases that can cause such trembles but in most cases the dog tests healthy...

We are currently hearing of many dogs experiencing this particular problem. It can be recuurent if they are using antibiotics. This particular formulation is specific for clearing up any urinary trac...

This particular formulation is specific for clearing up any uterine or pelvic cavity infections in a breeding bitch. A history of past infections will leave toxins within the system, which can interfe...

he whole question about viral and bacterial involvement in respiratory infection is one which has been skewed for a very long time as the medical profession had nothing but antibiotics to offer. Or...

Imagine turning up to every meal excited and hungry only to get the same dried up pellet over and over again. Dog's traditional diets were meat and bones and you can do no better than these. The dog ...

If you haven't started weaning the puppies then your bitch will still be producing milk. Begin introducing the puppies to soft moist foods that are easily digested. Try minced meat, rolled oats porri...

The best food for your dog may vary depending on his individual needs. The basic diet, however, should consist of mostly succulent, raw, meaty bones with the addition of some organ meat, plus a little...

Wheatgrass Active's Skin Recovery Cream is a blend of our secret wheatgrass formulation and a superior cream that produces an effective, yet gentle recovery formulation to protect, repair and revitali...

This natural extract derived from wheat grass sprouts offers a phenomenal rate of healing when used as first aid and follow up treatment on open wounds. Serious bleeding and dirty wounds can be first ...

  For a severe infestation, or when taking on a new dog with an unknown worming history, it is best to have on hand the kit consisting of Worming Mix, Senna Extract and Slippery Elm Bark Powder. T...

This mixture of traditional anti-parasitic herbs works by toning up the wall of the gut while at the same time expelling worms. Regular use leaves the gut healthier than before and more able to manage...

For a severe infestation, or when taking on a new dog with an unknown worming history, it is best to have on hand the kit consisting of; 50 ml Worming Mix, 25 ml Senna Extract and 150 gm of Slippery E...

My recommended treatment Heart Worm Mix, is based on a concentrated extract of the herb Wormwood and a homeopathic nosode which is specific for the treatment of Heartworms in Canines. The mix includes...

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