Homeopathic vs. Herbal Remedies for Pets: Which is best?

Homeopathic vs. Herbal Remedies for Pets: Which is best?

Pets bring us joy, affection and unconditional love.  We return the favor by providing them with everything they need to be healthy and happy.  Most pet owners would agree that watching your beloved fur friend suffer from chronic illness is painful.

Even more discouraging is watching them continue to suffer after you’ve tried everything, from expensive veterinary bills to costly medications.  Fortunately there are alternatives!

Every day more people discover the powerful and lasting effects of a holistic natural approach to pet health.  The natural approach aims to support the inherent ability of the body to heal and restore balance rather than simply rely on chemicals to suppress symptoms.

Fortunately we can draw on various traditions of natural healing to help our pets recover from illness–gently and safely.  Two of the most common types of natural medicines are herbal and homeopathic remedies.

This raises the question: are herbal or homeopathic remedies best for your pet? Before we can answer that question, let’s dive into how they work and what makes each unique.


Herbalism

For thousands of years, humans have used plants to aid in healing illness and enhancing health. Whether it’s the chamomile tea you drink to ease indigestion or the aspirin (derived from tree bark) you take for a headache, herbal medicine is practiced every day by millions of people.

In addressing common health issues experienced by our pets, we can draw on the wisdom of ancient herbal traditions the world over, from China to India to Europe. Herbalists have been studying and administering herbs for thousands of years–gently, safely and effectively.


How do herbal remedies work?

Medicinal plants naturally produce phytochemicals (literally “plant chemicals”) such as phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins and other compounds that have powerful health promoting properties. These compounds nourish and cleanse the body, aiding in healthy cellular function, detoxification and immunity.

When used regularly, the properly administered and dosed herb can have a tonic effect . Tonic herbs tonify or strengthen the health of the various organs of the body, thus sustaining health long-term.


Homeopathy

In the 18th century German physician Samuel Hahnemann developed the field of medicine called homeopathy. The word means Like cures like, referring to what is otherwise called The Law of Similars. What does this mean?

Hahnemann observed that quinine, for example, administered to a person would usually produce feverish symptoms similar to malaria. If this same compound was diluted in a specific way to create what is called a homeopathic remedy, it could be given to help relieve the very same symptoms of malaria.

Due to the specialized preparation and high dilution of ingredients, homeopathy is the safest healing approach in the world.  The risk of toxicity or overdosing common with other medicines is not a concern with homeopathy, rendering this type of approach ideal for use with pets.  An added benefit of homeopathic remedies is that they do not interact with any other medications or drugs.

It is theorized that homeopathic medicine works with the body’s innate immune system to address specific symptoms, sending a signal to the body about what needs to be fixed.

Formulated in the appropriate manner at the required potency, homeopathic remedies can help to ease symptoms quickly without the risk of toxicity or side effects.


So which approach is best?

So now you may be asking yourself: is herbalism or homeopathy the best approach for my pet?  Well, fortunately you don’t have to choose!

It can be argued that combining the two healing modalities is the most effective path to sustaining health in the short and long term. 

The key is to utilize medicinal formulas that are expertly formulated to provide the most comprehensive support for your pet’s particular health situation.

At Prana Pets we take a systemic approach to pet health that utilizes tonic herbs to promote ongoing, long-term healthwhile homeopathic remedies serve to relieve symptoms in the short term.


The Two-Pronged Approach to Health

This two-pronged approach employs herbalism and homeopathy, depending on the situation:

  1. Homeopathy provides immediate relief of symptoms- Aches, pains, rashes and other symptoms which impact quality of life are reduced as much as possible so your pet can enjoy the time they have with you.
  1. Herbalism sustains health long-term - The process of restoring systemic balance and vitality takes time. Patiently supporting your pet’s recovery is much easier when their symptoms are reduced or eliminated. Consistency is key in order for herbs to have maximum therapeutic benefit.

Prana Pets:  the Best of Both Worlds

In developing safe, gentle and effective solutions to common health problems in pets, we always try to utilize the optimal approach depending on your pet’s specific needs.

Prana Pets carries a wide variety of homeopathic and herbal formulas so your pet can have all the support they need to be happy and healthy for many years to come.

Homeopathic formulas like Liver Function Support help ease common symptoms of liver dysfunction like abdominal pain and swelling while systemic herbal anti-inflammatories like Prana Pets CBD Oil help the body regain homeostasis over time. CBD has been studied extensively for its ability to promote healthy liver function over time. (1)

Liver Function Support
Prana Pets CBD Oil

Herbal formulas like Joint and Muscle Formula contain soothing herbs like Devil’s Claw and Yucca root , well known for their ability to ease pain and discomfort in inflamed joints.

 
Joint and Muscle Formula 

Sinu Help is a homeopathic formula designed to relieve symptoms of sinusitis such as nasal discharge, headache and frequent sneezing.  Homeopathic formulas like Sinu Help are safe enough for daily use as long as needed.

 
Sinu Help

These are just a few examples of the wide array of natural formulas offered at Prana Pets so your entire fur family has the support they need to sustain vibrant, lasting health!


Which remedy is right for your pet?

At this point you’re probably wondering which formula will work best for your pet.  Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have about your pet’s unique health situation. Click here to visit our Contact page where you can submit any questions or concerns you may have and we’ll do our best to help you find a solution.


  1. Avraham, Y., Grigoriadis, N., Poutahidis, T., Vorobiev, L., Magen, I., Ilan, Y., Mechoulam, R., & Berry, E. (2011, April). Cannabidiol improves brain and liver function in a fulminant hepatic failure-induced model of hepatic encephalopathy in mice. British journal of pharmacology. Retrieved February 24, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057300/#:~:text=Cannabidiol%20restores%20liver%20function%2C%20normalizes,in%20the%20liver%20and%20brain

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