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.
Rose hips (Rosae fructus) are the accessory fruits of various species of wild rose. These bright red fruits with a tangy citrus taste are really something. They contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, boost the immune system, promote metabolism, and can relieve joint pain.
Hoof problems can take a horse out of commission for a long time! A horse can only give his best with stable and resilient hooves. Learn here what helps hooves that are dry and brittle, soft and flaky, or cracked and lined, and how you can improve the quality of your horse's hooves.
The stimulating and invigorating effects of the aromatic rosemary plant (Salvia rosmarinus, Rosmarinus officinalis) have long been used in veterinary medicine. This well-known Mediterranean herb's valuable substances promote blood circulation and are effective in helping weak cardiovascular systems as well as musculoskeletal systems.
Deworming your horse can be a tricky issue. How often? Which method? The conventional method of regularly treating the entire herd with a broad-spectrum wormer has made some worm species resistant to these chemical weapons. More success can be seen in targeted, selective deworming which reduces the use of chemicals. But are there effective alternatives? Discover here how your horse can better overcome the burden of stomach and intestinal parasites.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has a soothing effect on nervous symptoms in horses and dogs. The lemon-scented medicinal herb has soothing effects on the nerves as well as on gastrointestinal ailments.
Plantago lanceolata, aka lamb's tongue or ribwort plantain, is found almost everywhere: along paths, in meadows, and on lawns as "weeds". This modest plant deserves more attention, because it is one of the best remedies for respiratory diseases in horses and dogs.
The basis for any proper equine diet is roughage. However, not all types of roughage are equally suitable for horses. Apart from fluctuations in quality, there are big differences in terms of tolerability. Find out what you should know about the different forms of roughage here.
Great yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea) – or, more specifically, its root – is by far the most bitter of all medicinal plants grown in these parts: one gramme is enough to make 10 L of water taste bitter. Gentian helps to relieve digestive complaints and is also an excellent aid in strengthening the entire organism.
Ginkgo products/uses are among the best-known herbal remedies for chronic age-related ailments. The ginkgo tree's fan-shaped leaves contain active ingredients that can promote blood circulation, protect the nerve cells, and alleviate signs of ageing in horses and dogs.
In its native regions of the Far East, ginseng (Panax ginseng) is said to have life-extending and rejuvenating properties. Indeed, ginseng root contains substances that stimulate metabolism and the immune system and help to relieve stress and exhaustion. Ginseng is a valuable aid against fatigue and weakness and helps to increase well-being, especially in older dogs.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is one of the most popular medicinal herbs used in herbal medicine. This plant, with its fresh, peppery taste, contains substances that calm gastrointestinal complaints, relax cramps, and stimulate the appetite.
The captivating scent of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) conjures memories of warm summer evenings in the south, as well as of grandmother's linen cupboard... Lavender is one of the most well-known and most popular aromatic plants, but it's also an effective healing herb for treating restlessness, nervousness and stress reactions.
The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus subsp. scolymus (L.) HEGI) is a delicacy. Its flower buds and bracts are prized as a fine vegetable. The artichoke's bitter rosette leaves are considered inedible, but they contain valuable substances which relieve digestive complaints and promote liver metabolism.
Speedwell (Veronica officinalis) was once a popular healing herb that has since fallen out of fashion. That's unfortunate, because when combined with other herbs, this medicinal plant can really provide gentle help for sensitive stomachs and skin ailments.
24/7 turnout means that the horse spends all day and night at pasture and lives primarily on forage, the way his ancestors did in ancient times. But is round-the-clock turnout really good for our horses? Read here about where problems arise and what you should know before you decide to give your horse 24/7 turnout.
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