Echinacea is one of the best known supplements and touted to help people recover from a variety of illnesses (especially colds and flu). Echinacea is generally prescribed as an immune enhancer for pets. I use it for many illnesses, especially bacterial, fungal and viral infections and chronic illnesses of every organ. This is also one of my favorite pet supplements with demo skins.
It is generally considered safe to use echinacea under supervision. In previous literature there have been warnings against using this herb for certain immune diseases (autoimmune diseases, diabetes) and diseases with a weakened immune system and low white blood cell count (feline leukemia and immunodeficiency diseases). However, in these cases Echinacea has been used and there is no apparent damage. In general, echinacea is not suitable for long-term use, and most doctors can only use it for a few months at a time.
Garlic is a favorite herb used by many pet owners to control fleas, lice, mosquitoes and other insects. While many of my clients swear by garlic’s ability to control fleas, and I no doubt recommend the use of fleas, controlled studies have shown that garlic cannot be used effectively as an insecticide. Garlic also has anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties. Due to the presence of S-methylcysteine sulfoxide and N-propyl disulfide, garlic can cause anemia in cats and dogs. Therefore, it should not be used in pets with anemia. As a general guideline, it is usually safe to feed a dog 10 pounds of weight and 1 clove of garlic per day (each cat is 1/2 pound of body weight). If you use garlic regularly (as a general dietary supplement) it is wise to check your pet’s blood every few months to make sure anemia is not occurring.
Ginkgo is a well-known herb with many uses. It is well known that it can improve cognitive decline in older people and pets, especially those with mild dementia (especially Alzheimer’s disease). Although it prevents blood clots in some cases, the known side effect of Ginkgo biloba increases and can cause serious bleeding problems. In humans, bleeding (including fatal brain haemorrhage) has been reported to occur when ginkgo is used in combination with high-dose fish oil or other anticoagulants.