Alternative Medicines for Animals: A New Way of Thinking

The course of medicine is constantly changing and, of late, has been undergoing a kind of modern renaissance. In the beginning, the use of machines and techniques that would seem strange and in many cases brutal to our thinking were commonplace, and the evolution of these techniques was based on “knowledge” and suppositions that were flawed at their very core.

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With the discovery of curative elements like penicillin, we stepped into an age of discovery that allowed us to be rid of diseases that once plagued our lives. Illnesses that were once life threatening quickly became nothing more that minor footnotes on the list of things that could kill us. Unfortunately, medicine soon turned to synthetic remedies that were created in labs and experimented often without much restraint, and the “quick fix” soon became so sought after that we began to ignore the downsides.

With the advent of synthetic drugs came a new threat to our bodies, and this was no less the case with the “remedies” that were used to handle the ailments of animals as well. Many in the medical community began to push these new drugs as a way of dealing with both physical and psychological issues. However, the side-effects for some of these drugs were not known at first, and potential of long-term damage was not as much of a concern as it perhaps should have been.

Concern for Our Pets

Animal companions have always walked side by side with us. Regardless of their use, people have always found an affinity for the animal world, and it followed naturally that the veterinary field began to look to new medications to handle both the physical and mental problems that our pets face.

There can be no argument now that our pets have emotions very similar to ours, and are often affected by our own mental state. If you have ever been unfortunate enough to have a mentally unstable pet in your home you know that it can be fairly unpleasant, and physical issues caused by illness and injury can be a sad thing to see in the pets that we love and that love us in return.

Looking for a New Way

When a pet is injured or suffers from infirmity due to natural aging, the physical effects are very similar to what we experience, and these days as much study has been conducted on the treatment of animals as has the treatment of humans. Now the medical field has begun to return to its humble and natural beginnings as we seek curative medicines that do not bring with them the long list of side-effects that come with synthetic drugs.

The Evolution of Cannabis in Medicine

Few natural remedies have received the notoriety, or stigma of cannabis. Its active ingredients produce powerful psychotropic effects, and as such has been considered an illegal controlled substance. In the last decade, however, the medical benefits of the active ingredients have undergone extensive research and testing, and is now legal in many places and recognized as a medicinal herb for people and now for animals as well.

Cannabis oil supplements have become more and more common in the treatment of a variety of ailment such as weight problems, depression, physical pain, and even the treatment of cancer. Wapiti Labs for instance offers a line of supplements that bring the healing properties of cannabis to pets, while not inducing the “high” usually associated with its use. In short, the medicinal properties remain while the psychotropic effects have been engineered out.

Many who have championed the use of cannabis in medicine find it far more acceptable to give their pet something like this before using synthetic drugs that come with a long list of side-effects.