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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Natural Antibiotics Instead of Drugs

There are times when the health issue of your pet is so severe that you must use an antibiotic drug. But there are side effects to them:
Allergic reaction
Bacterial resistance
Diarrhea
Dry eyes
Fever
Immune-mediated anemia and platelet problems
Immune-mediated joint inflammation
Vomiting
Yeast infections

Some of these side effect will subside or can be diminished by taking the antibiotics with food, and taking probiotics during the course of the antibiotic treatment.

Herbal Antibiotics
For illnesses that are not acute, try taking any of the following herbal antibiotic substitutes:
Alfalfa
Astralgus
Boswelia
Burdock
Dandelion
Echinacea (not for long time use)
Ginger
Ginseng
Gotu Gola
Hawthorn
Horsetail
Licorice (not for long time use)
Marshmallow
Milk Thistle
Nettle
Olive leaf
Red clover
Sage
St. John's Wort
Turmeric
Yarrow
Yellow Dock

For skin problems requiring topical antibiotics, try:
Aloe Vera
Antibacterial shampoos
Colloidal silver
Herbal rinses with chamomile and goldenseal
Olive leaf

Dosages: I use the rule of thumb my vet told me --- to give 1/8 or 1/4 of what a human dose is, depending on the size of your pet.

I am not a vet and have no medical training.  Please take your pet to a vet for any serious injuries and conditions.  And it goes without saying...always talk with your vet before giving herbs if your animal takes other medications. Herbs can react with other drugs.
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