Herbal ingredients for dogs and cats

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It is no secret that there are populations of people who are considered particularly healthy. This is usually due to the fact that they live quite isolated lives and only eat food that they grow, collect or hunt themselves. But the diet of the industrial nation of Japan, for example, is also bursting with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and plant substances due to its predominantly plant-based diet. What these two facts show: Naturally prepared plant-based food is healthy. It contains many important ingredients that can be used to support health problems as well as prevent various diseases.

For many millennia, certain plants have been traditionally used in medicine. The experience gained in this way could partly be traced back to their ingredients. So it is not surprising that veterinary medicine also draws on the power of plants to develop special supplementary feeds in combination with other ingredients that can support the health of pets.

For example, rosehip contains vitamin C, which contributes to collagen formation and thus supports cartilage and bone function. The rose hip is the fruit of various rose species. It is a collective fruit that contains many small nuts. These nuts can cause itching due to their fine hairs, which is why many people remember them from their childhood as itching powder. The flesh of the fruit comes from the fleshy flower base and is sweet and sour. It contains important carotenoids that give the rosehip its characteristic colouring, among other things.

It is impossible to imagine healthy cuisine without curcuma. It is one of the most important ingredients in the spice mixture curry. The plant, which is also called turmeric or saffron root, comes from South Asia. The root resembles a ginger tuber, which can lead to confusion. Besides its use as a spice, the ingredient curcumin has been used for thousands of years to treat skin problems.

Many people think of incense as a ritual in Catholic churches and the typical smell of smoke. But Indian frankincense has also been used for a long time in Ayurvedic medicine for various problems. The plant is also called Boswellia serrata and grows in the Middle East and North Africa. Its resin contains essential oils and boswellic acids, the positive effects of which can also be used for dogs and cats.

African devil's claw was discovered as a remedy many centuries ago by the indigenous people of Southern Africa. They traditionally used the root tuber to treat various ailments such as cough, diarrhea and constipation before it became one of the most important natural remedies in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, it has been successfully used here for various musculoskeletal disorders, but also for digestive problems and cardiovascular complaints.

What these four plants have in common is their health-promoting effect, which was recognised long before modern science investigated and confirmed it. You can find out more about the individual herbal ingredients in our products on the following pages.