Global interest in herbal products has increased dramatically in recent years. Cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs account for about 70% of animals treated with medicinal plants, followed by poultry (9.1%), dogs (5.3%) and rabbits (4.3%). This can be explained by the general tendency to use natural products to cure certain conditions, but also by the availability of considerable evidence on the effectiveness of herbal medicine.
It is well known that animals can resort to natural therapy on their own. Indeed, “Zoopharmacognosy” refers to the process by which animals self-medicate, looking for herbs to treat or prevent disease. This process revealed that instinct provides animals with therapeutic information, enabling them to choose the most suitable plant to treat their disease.
The use of natural products is becoming increasingly important and there is a growing preference for natural products to treat pets. However, be careful with self-medication, it is necessary to consult a veterinarian practicing animal phytotherapy because animals are much more sensitive to plants than humans.