Ethnic Veterinary Cures and Medicines for Your Dogs

Traditional medicine is not confined to human medication and treatment alone. Traditional medicine extends its branches to traditional practices in the field of veterinary medicine as well. Ancient societies and civilizations have already practiced traditional animal health care and diagnoses even before the onset of modernized veterinary medicine.The field of veterinary medicine went for a twist sometime in the 80s with the introduction of veterinary anthropology, which was then meant to refer to an approach in veterinary or animal healthcare using anthropological research techniques. Thus was ethno-veterinary medicine defined as a holistic study of the health and care of animals in animal husbandry or livestock raising. The study of traditional or ethnic veterinary medicine was meant to develop healing practices and methods for livestock and add new medications to the line of treatments for animals.Ethno-veterinary secrets are somehow based on herbal remedies that have been used for centuries by stock raisers and animal handlers. Studies and practices have included the range of traditional herbal medicine for treatment of sheep, cattle, and other livestock. Chinese traditional medicine, long known for its efficacy and effectiveness, is also studied extensively, with its known treatments for large animals being tested already for household pets. Studies on natural medicine and treatments for pets included those on plants used for livestock feeding and treating, traditional animal health care, anthropological veterinary medicine, community animal healthcare, and preventive veterinary medicine for pets and equine animals.Traditional medicines or even ethno-veterinary medicine for pets may be checked against over the counter medications that have long been in use to treat common pet diseases. But just as a responsible pet owner will check first with a veterinarian before using any over the counter medication, he (the pet owner) must also be responsible enough to check with his pet’s veterinarian whatever traditional or ethno-veterinary medication or formula is being proposed.Poisoning in both pharmacological and natural medications is commonplace. The seemingly harmless everyday common substances may pose unnecessary danger or risk of poisoning if not administered properly or checked with the veterinary experts. For all you know, aspirins or ibuprofens can cause severe reactions in dogs if not checked properly, even inducing vomiting, chronic diarrhea, and metabolic acidosis, liver disease, and ulcers. Watch out for the common symptoms.Natural medicines for pets abound but these must be studied closely for their efficacy and effectiveness in treating the variety of dog diseases that may be infectious and contagious. Natural medicines are usually okay for genetic, skin, and orthopedic diseases or ailments among canines. These natural medicines have also proven their mettle in treating gastro-intestinal diseases, eye diseases, vestibular diseases, and dental diseases.While the health of the domesticated, household pet dog has long been a subject of formal veterinary and alternative veterinary medicine, the use or combination of both types is acceptable and will depend upon the discretion of the pet owner who will be in the best position to evaluate what his pet requires and what will be best for his pet.What is surprising, however, is that your dog has knowledge of what herbs will work for him best; whether for his upset stomach or indigestion problems. If let to go on a garden full of herbal plants, he can distinguish by merely using his sense of smell of what is good for him or not. If he runs around your garden or go to the nearby bushes, let him be.