Best Audience: Cat, Dog, and Horse keepers and herbalists who treat them
After working with All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets for Mary L. Wulff and Gretory Tilford for more than a decade, I can confidently say that it’s still hands-down the best herbal for Cats, Dogs, and Horses I’ve found. If you’re working with other animals, like rabbits, sheep and goats, or cattle, you’ll find a lot of useful information and references as well.
Mary and Gregory’s entries and herbal suggestions are based on a combination of experience, experiential references, and scientific study. They cover a nice selection of herbs, many of which are easy to grow or wildcraft safely or are readily available through natural groceries or herb shops. They’ve included a short monograph for most of the herbs they cover along with a selection of herbs that are commonly used in humans with a very short entry on how those might or might not be used in non-human animals as supplements. Their Materia Medica is actually quite robust, but it’s not actually the best part of this work.
The part I love most is chapter 4: An Herbal Repertory for Animals. They’e devoted nearly 100 pages to common ailments and conditions many of our beloved animal friends will face, ranging from anxiety and mood disorders to cancer, pregnancy to first aid, with even a selection for dealing with parasites (including fleas!) naturally. They touch on some alternative but related therapies (flower essences, homeopathy, and Acupuncture), albiet lightly, in chapter 5. In all honestly, I wish they’d write a revised edition to expand on these two chapters to include a wider range of conditions; I’ve often found these chapters to be a good jumping-off point for helping my animal friends using herbal and natural therapies.
The Bottom Line: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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