Zoopharmacognosy On Dogs - Self Selection of Plant Extracts For Health & Wellbeing


Zoopharmacognsy refers to the process by which animals self-medicate and naturally forage plants and their essential oils, algae, clay and other natural plant extracts. This practice allows an animal to use its innate ability to prevent disease. Zoopharmacognosy was coined by Dr. Eloy Rodriguez a biochemist and professor at Cornell University. The word is derived from the ancient greek zoo "animal", pharmaco "remedy", and gnosy "knowing".

Before animals became domesticated, they roamed free selecting plants, algae, clays, vitamins, minerals and herbs which would be beneficial to aid in recovery from illness and to maintain health.

Today's animals are not quite as lucky and are taken away from their natural habitat suited to their constitution. Many commercial diets are not suited to canine needs and many owners over supplement which does not allow an animal the choice of selecting those plant extracts they would forage in the wild in order to maintain their health. Modern diets for our animals are often restrictive and can lead to imbalances in the body resulting in both structural and emotional problems.

Animals have an inherent ability to rebalance themselves, however are only able to do this if presented with a suitable selection of secondary compounds (natural plant extracts) found in essential oils, clays, vitamins, algae, minerals and herbs which they then freely self select. By enriching the animals environment, and therefore facilitating a more natural self-medicative environment, owners can facilitate their animal by balancing on both a physical and emotional level. Applied Zoopharmacognosy practitioners facilitate the enhancement of an animals environment by offering a selection of excellent quality secondary compounds such as oils, algae, clays, dried herbs and powders for self selection. A key aim of Naturally Animals is to provide a suitable range of products to meet this need. As Applied Zoopharmacognocists we do not diagnose, but simply offer the herbs on the basis of the symptoms displayed by the animal and observe the animals reactions. We are trained to recognize distinct behavioural profiles exhibited by animals in response to plant secondary compounds and minerals. We also provide the owner with information on the properties of the herbs, and teach the owner how to work with the secondary compounds with their animal(s) for health maintenance.

During the Consultation

With our range of therapies, we offer a unique opportunity to address and maintain your animals individual needs. A consult may involve Iridology, Applied Zoopharmacognosy, Red Light and / or Animal Communication, as appropriate / required by the owner. A full environmental assessment and information gathering is key to a successful consult to ensure that we are aware of all circumstances affecting your animal. The owner will be required to sign a permission form allowing us to work with your animal. A range of appropriate secondary compounds will be offered to your animal allowing them to select those herbs needed to nutritionally maintain health and well being. Subtle signs of the animal's response to the plant extracts are observed and it is important that whilst this process is taking place the animal has as few distractions as possible. Every animal is different depending on their constitution, environment, inherent weaknesses and preferences. A written report with recommendations will be provided at the end of the consult.

Whilst not a legal requirement to ask a vet's permission to hold an Applied Zoopharmacognosy or Iridology consult with your animal, owners will be advised that their vet should be informed both of the animals condition and of the consultation. This is a professional courtesy and also supports the owners duty of care and ensures that an animal will not miss out on any appropriate veterinary care. We abide by the Ingraham Academy of Zoopharmacognosy Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct at all times.

However, we recognise that a self selection consultation is not always possible and that there is a need for high quality proven high strength herbal products for animals. To meet this need we are delighted to offer a range of products or organic herbs that suit individual requirements and circumstances. Naturally Animals has the support of internationally renowned herbalists James and Vanessa Hart, and thier product ranges James Hart Solutions - herbs for horses and herbs for dogs.

For those unable to have a personal consult, we also provide an on-line and telephone advice service. If you have a questions about your animal, please feel free to email and/or call us. We would rather offer support and advice to ensure you are ordering the correct products for your animal.

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