Who is this Service for?
If you are feeding a therapeutic recipe and want to add herbs specifically tailored for your individual – to address his or her condition, but also support the whole dog holistically – this is the Service option for you.
A typical client has been struggling with chronic and often complex conditions for several years, with their dog They’ve often been to several vets, sometimes nutritionists, and even other herbalists before they consult with me. Many of them have seen small improvements, or short-term success, but not long-term resolution or management, and are still struggling. Others are newly diagnosed and facing a serious challenge and want to work with a qualified and experienced herbalist who can zero in on more than the dog’s condition, and who will be there to support them over time. Most are seeking safe and effective alternatives to pharmaceuticals, wherever possible.
How does this service work?
As with the dietary consultations, you will need to fill in a detailed questionnaire and provide me with photographs as needed. I will make recommendations for using herbs and supplements to target any specific health conditions, support body systems, bolster overall well-being, and enhance the quality of life for all dogs, all life stages, and all health conditions. Herbs are selected with great care and 30 years of knowledge/experience and are always safe with any medication your dog may be on. Herbal medicines can often work quickly to relieve symptoms, but also develop over time, to restore balance and healing.
Once I have reviewed your dog’s full history and decided on which herbs to use, I write up a protocol, meaning a list of the herbs, the doses, how to administer them, the duration of use, and more. I also send a write-up discussing why I have made the choices I have, how they can help/what to expect, and a comprehensive general information sheet. After sending this information to you I am available to answer questions. I am also available as you start administering the herbs, to check in, and help as needed.
I work in the Western Herbal Tradition, which is often confused with Western allopathic medicine. The Western Herbal Tradition has ancient roots and utilizes modern science to work optimally with diets that are also science-based, such as NRC-balanced therapeutic recipes. Formulas are not predetermined but developed for the individual dog, according to multiple factors, including health issues, vaccination/medication history, apparent sensitivities, constitutional type (yes, we use energetics in the Western Tradition, too), and any medications in use. This method enables me to adjust the proportions and dosage of each herb as we monitor your dog’s response. I also offer options, and various forms of delivering the herbs to your dog, and utilize the very best sources for obtaining them.
What conditions can we address?
It is often said that good herbalists don’t treat conditions: they treat people. The same holds true for working with animals; customized herbal and wellness programs will always take into consideration much more than the condition you are facing, and address underlying imbalances as well as target the specific issue. Some of the conditions I work with regularly include:
- Autoimmune disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive Decline
- Digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)
- Endocrine disorders
- Food intolerance
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Respiratory illness
- Skin conditions
- Tickborne diseases
- And many more conditionsOnce we have completed the initial session, it is often advisable to stay with your protocol for a few months and check back with me to see if we need a follow up. I will always be there for you and your dog. Please don’t hesitate to email me (CONTACT LINK) for more information if desired.