Village Animal Clinic

9044 Alternate A1A
North Palm Beach, FL 33403


Chinese Herbal Medicine FAQ



Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine FAQ


Where do herbal medications come from?

Most herbal medications are obtained from China, Taiwan and from companies which grow herbs in the U.S. They are tested for quality and purity and are from the same companies which sell herbs used to treat people. No products from endangered species are used in these herbal formulas.


Do herbal medications have side-effects?

Veterinary Chinese herbs are safe and effective when prescribed by a trained, experienced Chinese herbologist, especially as compared to conventional medications. Side-effects are usually seen in the form of mild vomiting and diarrheas which stop after the medication has been discontinued. There are some herbal medications that can invigorate the blood circulation, and because of this property must be discontinued prior to any surgical procedures as they may cause an increase in bleeding.


How often do herbs have to be given to my pet?

Herbal prescriptions must be given consistently 2-3 times daily, the same as conventional medications in order to obtain a therapeutic response.


How do I give my pet herbal medications?

The same way as with conventional medications. Herbal powders are usually mixed into food and taken 2-3 times daily. Pills and tablets are given with a food treat for easy administration.


How long does it take to see a response from herbal medications?

This depends on the animal and the condition being treated. The average time is 3-14 days. The length of herbal treatment for chronic conditions is difficult to predict. It depends on the animal’s disease, other medications they may be taking and how long their condition has been present.


Why is the herbal medication changed even when my pet seem to be doing well on the current prescription?

This is because over time your pet’s condition and his or her response to the herbal medication changes. The herbal must be re-formulated to take these changes into account in order to maintain or resolve your pet’s problem.