For millions of years animals in the wild have used their senses and their instincts to use what nature provides in the plants, minerals and algae around them to stay well. This process has been termed zoopharmacognosy.  And their survival without human intervention demonstrates just how accurate their instincts are.

Our pets, horses and most other domesticated animals tend to only have access to the food we believe they need which may not alway supply them with all the nutrients and phyto chemicals required for optimum health and  they rarely have the same opportunity to browse in nature for hours to find what they need. So Applied Zoopharmacognosy, also known as Herbal Choices for Animals (AHCA),has been developed to bring the botanical bounty of the wild to the  domesticated animal in order that  they may make their own unique selection of  the natural products they need for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

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horses and ponies on moorland

Modern domesticated animals may not be receiving all they need for great health.  The majority of dogs receive the same food everyday of varying quality, and far removed from their natural diet of raw prey and foraged plants. Plus pollutants in food, water and the envirionment and toxins from medication, shampoos etc can place a heavy burden on the liver and kidneys.  Most equines in the UK are grazed on pastures of rye grass intended to fatten cattle and sheep hay and proprietary hard feed that may well contain nitrates and herbicides. Given the chance, all animals forage amongst the plants around them to make the necessary adjustments to their diets to stay well. An Applied Zoopharmacognosy session will demonstrate how you can let the animals in your care show you what they need for their health and wellbeing.

And it helps with emotional, behavioural issues too....

Unless kept on a huge acreage with access to hedgerows, damp areas and trees it is unlikely that animals can obtain all that they need to stay well.  Analysis of the medicinal properties of the herbs selected during an applied zoopharmacognosy session may give clues to potential health problems  and allow you to see what may be missing from their diet.  This horse was so keen I barely had time to open the containers!