Herbal self-medication FAQs

Can you help my rabbit/alpaca/rat?

The principles of herbal self-medication are based on an animal’s diet, so I have trained to work with any animal that falls into these categories :

  • Herbivores – plant eaters like horses, rabbits, goats, sheep, alpacas and elephants!
  • Omnivore – both meat and plant eaters including dogs.
  • Carnivores – meat eaters such as cats.

Outside of the home setting this process can also be used at stables, livery yards, farms, rescue centres, zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.

What is included in the consultancy fee?

Included in the cost of a session you will receive:

  • A detailed preparatory session to identify the likely key products for your animal based on the case history you provide. This takes 1-2 hours and is fundamental to the process.
  • A 2-3 hour consultancy session where your animal will be offered a wide range of botanicals to choose from.  The cost of any products they consume are included in the session fee.
  • A printed guide to the herbal self-medication process with details of how to read your animal and how to provide ongoing support for your pet.
  • Small quantities of products to tide you over until you are able to purchase any you wish to continue to offer.
  • Advice on where to buy products.
  • Round trip mileage up to 10 miles.  Any additional miles are charged at 45p per mile.
  • Ongoing telephone and email support in case you have any questions.

Won’t my animal just eat everything?

Food provides energy and helps your pet grow and live, containing carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes etc. It has high nutritional value and is pleasant to eat, so is selected when a dog is hungry.

Secondary compounds (such as dried herbs, powders or macerates) are high in vitamins and minerals, but lower in carbohydrates and proteins, and are considered a supplement to support bodily function and help with growth, energy and repair.  They are only selected where there is a deficiency or need.

Essential oils are not nutritional compounds and so would not be selected by a hungry dog. They can be highly active medicinally and are often bitter to taste. They are important to health but are often lacking in the lives of domestic animals. They are only selected to meet an immediate therapeutic need.

Sometimes a ‘greedy’ dog are experiencing stomach discomfort and so offering products to support this area can help them return to normal appetite patterns.

Can I get a session paid for by my pet insurance?

Possibly, yes.  This will depend on your insurer and policy type.

As an example, Pet Plan’s ‘Covered 4 Life’ policies will cover herbal medicine “when referred and endorsed by your vet, the cost of any examination, consultation, advice, test and legally prescribed medication for the following when it is used to treat injury and illness.”

They will not cover the cost of any pre-existing conditions or any preventative or elective treatment or procedure that you choose to have carried out that is not directly related to an injury or illness.

Please speak to your vet and insurer for advice.

Can I work with you instead of my vet?

No.  This is a complementary therapy that supports the excellent veterinary care we have in the UK. It is not a substitute for veterinary care and a herbal self-medication consultant will never diagnose or prescribe – that’s what your vet has trained to do.

If you have any concerns regarding your animal’s health then you are advised to discuss it initially with your vet. I am happy to work alongside veterinary treatment using natural compounds selected by your animal to offer a holistic approach to its own health and well-being. As a matter of professional courtesy and in the best interests of your pet, I would recommend that you inform your vet about your intention to book a session; this is entirely at your discretion.  I may ask for your permission to contact your vet to discuss your animal if they have complex medical needs.

Read more:

What is herbal self-medication?
What can herbal self-medication help with?
What happens in a herbal self-medication session?

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