What does it mean? and how can it help my animals? Zoophamacognosy is the study of how animals self medicate. A homeostatic behaviour whereby animals forage for medicinal compounds within their environment to prevent or resolve disease. The word is from the Ancient Greek 'zoo' (animal) 'pharmaco' (remedy) and 'gnosy' (knowing). In the case of dogs it is caninephamacognosy Also known as – "Botanical Self-Healing”. It is... “The key to optimising their wellness" Ever wished your dog could tell you what they needed or how they were feeling? Do they have an on-going health or behaviour problem that you would like to get to the root of? Or are you simply looking for a way to ensure they live aslong, happy and enriched life as possible? All of this can be done and you don’t have to be Dr Dolittle! Applied Zoopharmacognosy is a practice that harnesses an animals natural ability to self medicate, by providing the remedies they require to do this. An animal’s evolutionary process requires that they can independently survive, by being able to support their immune system, cope with stress and resolve injury, by detecting medicinal compound remedies through foraging. In today's world, not all animals are able to access these remedies due to their living circumstances, be it domesticated or captive so they may not be readily on offer, that's where an Applied Zoopharmacognosist comes in. They provide this opportunity, and follow the lead that the animal creates. This is Self Selection, so Nothing is imposed. The animal decides what it wants to inhale, ingest or have topically applied, and guides the Applied Zoopharmacognosist. The remedies include herbs, spices, plants, plant extracts, essential oils, fixed oils, clays, macerates, grasses, hive products, algaes, and sea plants, and act on physical, emotional and behavioural conditions, to prevent and resolve the state of physical or behavioural disease. working with a rescued hybrid Case study – Casper 10yr old working cocker spaniel Oct 15 Visited Casper one evening after owner felt there was nothing more she could do. Casper had taken ill 5 days before. After antibiotics and steroids Casper was declining rapidly. He had stopped eating and even his drinking had become sporadic. The hardest for me was seeing this gorgeous boy still wagging his tail even though he now had become virtually paralysed. As soon as I offered the remedies he showed me exactly what he wanted. Using spirulina and water he rehydrated himself his skin plumping up within the hour. Using peppermint essential oil (nerve damage) Casper indicated exactly where he needed it placed on his spine He declined oils and went straight for kidney and liver detoxifiers. On the second visit I felt it was more for emotional supportassisting him to stand and toilet outside for the first time in 2 weeks. Again peppermint was his key oil. Although a shorter session Casper was at least showing strength in 2 of his legs whilst being supported. Our 3rd visit had me stumped Casper was not interested in anything I had previously offered. I asked the owner to again go over what the vests had originally thought it may be. ‘Either poisoning or a seizure’ Digging deeper the owner then told me the possible poisoning to be botulism. I quickly offered Thyme essential oil an antibacterial, immunostimulant used in the second world war when supplies of penicillin ran short. After this he then desperately wanted seaweed extract and then took 3 bowls of bladderwrack (dried seaweed) a reset button after steroids antibiotics and vaccinations or toxin reaction conditions & impaired movement) The photos the owner sent me the following day made me jump for joy. Casper a little unsteady but running around. Caninepharmacognosy although a wonderful tool is not a substitute for veterinary care. Offer – never prescribe, administer dose or feed. Remedies should NEVER be forced on your dog, or put in their food. They should always have the choice to leave it or walk away. Caninepharmacognosist Fran Parkes
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