"All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison." This maxim is from the 16th-century Swiss physician, natural philosopher, and alchemist Theophrastus Aureolus Bombast von Hohenheim, today knows as "Paracelsus". But let’s talk about poisonous plants. What considerations must be heeded in the feeding of horses and their pasture turnout?
In horses, Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) can cause a wide variety of symptoms and treatment often proves ineffective. In this article we discuss the signs of Lyme borreliosis, how you can protect your horse from the disease and which herbs offer support.
Borrelia are bacteria that are transmitted from ticks to dogs – and our canine friends can encounter ticks almost year round. However, dogs with strong immune systems very rarely contract Borrelia infections (Lyme borreliosis). Learn what Lyme disease is and what you can do to prevent you dog from contracting it here.
Kissing spines is the name of an equine disorder in which the spaces between dorsal spinous processes are dramatically reduced to the point where these touch. A diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your horse’s career, however. Below, we discuss how back problems arise and how they can be treated, with exercise and supportive measures playing an important role.
Maca (Lepidium peruvianum), also called Peruvian ginseng, is often referred to as a superfood. And that is in the truest sense of the word. It’s touted on numerous websites as a vital substance for athletes and deep thinkers. It is even said to promote virility and increase libido considerably. But is there anything to all the hype about this miracle tuber?
For our canine friends, the filling of the food bowl is one of the highlights of the day. But what if the food your dog loves gives him problems? Dogs with food intolerances often suffer from digestive or skin problems. But pinpointing the problem ingredient will help your dog live a full and healthy life. Read here what you can do and which herbs are useful in treating food intolerances.
Mites are all around us. These eight-legged arachnids live in our homes, our horses' stables, and even (in the case of some species) on, or in, equine skin. They feed on skin flakes and secretions and cause severe itching. These tiny parasites are not only annoying, they can also be dangerous for your horse. Learn here about the consequences of mite infestations for your horse and what you can do to fight them.
In ancient times, when people were still eating acorns, the gods ate walnuts. According to legend, at least. The walnut's Latin classification, Juglans, roughly translated as Jupiter's fruit, reminds us that this food was dedicated to the gods of ancient Rome. The Greek name dios balanos, meaning "God's acorn" points to the nut's association with Zeus, king of the gods. In 1753 the Swedish natural scientist Carl von Linné ("Linnaeus") added regia, meaning "regal", to its Latin name.
Equine sarcoids are the most commonly seen tumours in horses. Sarcoids are skin growths that are usually benign and do not metastasise to internal organs. Nevertheless, they are much more than mere cosmetic problems: they can quickly develop into aggressive tumours and cause serious harm. Sarcoids may appear as single or multiple growths and have a high rate of recurrence even after intense treatment. Learn here about equine sarcoids and the options for long-term treatment.
Camomile is one of the most oft-used medicinal plants for home remedies. The name for its botanic genus, Matricaria, refers to its use in folk medicine as a herb to treat women's issues. "Camomile" is derived from the Latin camomilla and Greek chamaímêlon, meaning "apple growing on the ground".
A blood count provides important information on a horse's health and is an essential part of veterinary diagnostics. However, interpreting a blood count is not so easy. Most horse owners don't know what to make of the lab values presented to them. Learn here what haemograms and complete blood counts can reveal, when to order which, and what further blood tests are available.
The downy hemp-nettle was once prized as a miracle medicinal plant for treating lung illnesses. Today this healing herb is all but forgotten. That's why we're so delighted to have the opportunity to tell you about it. Downy hemp-nettle (Galeopsis segetum Neck.) contains harpagide, an anti-inflammatory substance also found in devil’s claw.
If your dog is constantly scratching, if his skin is flaky or full of sores or scabs and he's losing fur, this may be a sign of mites. These annoying skin parasites can make a dog's life miserable and, if left untreated, cause serious illness. Read here which mites infest dogs, and what to do if your dog has them.
As any dog owner can tell you, our canine friends will stick their noses in just about anything. This brings them in contact with parasites, bacteria, and sometimes even viruses, all of which can lead to gastrointestinal ailments. A faecal sample examination can find the cause. Learn here how to collect a faecal sample from your dog and what faecal testing can reveal.
Siberian ginseng, also called Taiga root (Eleutherococcus senticosus), devil's bush or eleuthero, is widely known for its performance boosting, immunomodulatory and adaptogenic effects. Russian folk medicine has long made use of this strengthening miracle root.
Cushing's syndrome is one of the most commonly found disorders in dogs. Symptoms usually develop over a period of months, leading dog owners to view them as part of the normal ageing process. If not caught in time, however, this disorder can have severe health consequences for afflicted dogs. Read here which signs point to Cushing's and how you can help your dog to have a better quality of life.
Who doesn't love sweet juicy blackberries (Rubus fruticosus)? Blackberry plants grow in many places and make wonderful hedgerows. This prickly bush forms long stems and can reach a height of up to 3 metres. The fruits contain dextrose, fruit acids, and anthocyanins. Blackberries are a popular food. The fresh fruits are healthy to eat and are considered a superfood. Blackberries are also important in phytotherapy: not the sweet fruits, but the leaves and roots.
The sandfly, native to the Mediterranean region, is a vector of one of the most dangerous subtropical diseases, leishmaniasis. The number of leishmaniasis cases has risen dramatically in recent years. Learn here about leishmaniasis and what you can do to protect your dog.
The hop (Humulus lupulus L.) plant is a clockwise-winding climber from the hemp family Cannabaceae. Like hemp, hops are dioecious. The relationship between hemp and common hops can be seen especially in the male flowering plants. Hops are first associated with brewing beer, but even as a pure herb, hops have a calming effect. Nervous horses benefit from feeding the hop plant.
Silybum marianum, aka milk thistle, is also called cardus marianus, blessed milkthistle, Marian thistle, and Saint Mary's thistle. Silybum refers to the shape of its flower, whilst marianum refers to the Virgin Mary. The medicinal properties of milk thistle have been known since ancient times. The Herbal Medicinal Products Platform Austria (HMPPA) has named Silybum marianum Austria's Medicinal Plant of 2021.
Long-term overload on the liver, kidneys and gut increases the risk of metabolic disorders. One of these disorders is kryptopyrroluria (KPU), a detoxification disorder that involves a wide range of symptoms. Learn which of your horse's symptoms indicate KPU and how to best help your horse here.
The laboratory analysis of faecal samples is a common process for determining if a horse has an intestinal parasite infection. However, a horse's faeces contain other important information on its health. Collecting a faecal sample is easy! Learn here what you should know and what tests can be done on faecal samples.
“Navicular disease” is the stuff of nightmares for ambitious riders: podotrochlosis (navicular inflammation, navicular disease) is one of the most common causes of chronic lameness in ridden horses. We’re here to tell you what navicular disease is, what causes this painful condition and how to best support an affected horse.
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