How To Help Your Horse's Liver Health Naturally

Protect Your Horse's Liver To Maintain Good Health

What Is The Liver?

The liver is an organ that’s important for several reasons. Including removing toxins from the blood.

If there's liver disease a toxin called phylloerythrin can increase in the bloodstream. The breakdown of chlorophyll present in plants eaten by the horse produces this. This is sensitive to light. So when phylloerythrin reaches the skin and is exposed to ultraviolet sunlight. It can lead to skin damage. Unpigmented or light-skinned areas absorb the most ultra-violet light. So the affects of light sensitivity (photosensitization) can be worse.

The liver also produces bile acids needed for digestion.

It’s also influential on the immune system.

So how would you know if your horse's liver is damaged?

Your horse may have a variety of symptoms including:

  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice (yellowy skin and gums)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Skin damage
  • Diarrhoea

The liver is capable of regenerating, which provides some protection against permanent damage. But you can help protect it and prevent further damage.

What natural therapies can help with your horse’s liver health?

It goes without saying that if you suspect your horse has liver damage. Then you need professional veterinary diagnosis and advice. Liver damage can from a large number of reasons. If it’s possible to identify the cause, and resolve it then do this. There’s no point using any natural therapies (or any medicine), if the root cause isn’t fixed, if possible.

But yes there are several complementary therapies you can use, including:

  1. Herbal Remedies. You can use several herbs including, Dandelion, Stinging Nettles, Turmeric and Milk Thistle.
  2. Homeopathy. Your qualified veterinary homeopath can prescribe the most suitable remedy. Read more about homeopathy for animals here.
  3. Veterinary Acupuncture. This ancient therapy can be used to help with liver ailments. Read more about this therapy at my advice page here

What’s the evidence for complementary and alternative medicine for animals with liver ailments?

There's limited robust studies for natural veterinary therapies. This is due to the cost of conducting a clinical trial, which is very expensive. And there are a lot of “political issues” surrounding proving natural therapies work. As will rarely benefit a pharmaceutical company!

But there’s some evidence. As follows.
  1. Research into homeopathy for humans shows its benefits for liver related ailments
  2. Two Homeopathic Remedies Used Intermittently Provide Additional Protective Effects Against Hepatotoxicity Induced by Carcinogens in Mice
  3. Milk Thistle (Herb) and Its Derivative Compounds: A Review of Opportunities for Treatment of Liver Disease

How Can You Start Using Complementary Therapies for Equine Liver Ailments?

  1. Consult a holistic veterinary surgeon. There are many throughout the UK and the world. Some specialise in homeopathy or veterinary acupuncture. Or in herbal remedies. Some practice all of these and many more!
  2. Herbal supplements for horses are produced by several companies. Including Hilton Herbs and Natural Animal Feeds (NAF). They also offer an advice service for choosing the best supplement.
  3. Ask your own veterinary surgeon - even if he or she is "conventional". Many do recognise the benefits of natural therapies, including herbs like Milk Thistle. So don't be worried about asking for their thoughts and advice!

Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

How To Use Colour To Help Your Pet

Have You Noticed How Your Pet Likes Certain Colours?

Colour Therapy is also known as Chromotherapy or “Colorology”. This is a holistic technique used to help rebalance the body. Via emotions, physical, spiritual, and mentally. It works by applying colour and light to specific areas.

How would you know if your pet has a colour preference?

Here's some tips to tell you:
  • Have you ever changed your pet’s blanket/bed to a different colour? And despite it being otherwise identical. Like the same fabric/size to the previous one, you may notice him/her avoiding it?
  • Or if you do any polework with your horse. Then do you notice your horse seems more spooky with certain poles/jumps? Or does he/she knock certain colour fences more than others?
  • Does your cat or other pet like a certain colour blanket when worried?

Why should different colours make a difference?

A colour has a wavelength, a vibration. And so different colours have different wavelengths. Some colours have a greater effect on the body to others.

How can you use colour therapy with your animal?

  • Feed/water bowls
  • Blankets/bedding
  • Rugs/coats

The above are simple ways to use objects of different colours to make a difference to your animal.

What do different colours do?
As an idea here are three common colours for therapy:
  • Red is often better used sparingly – whilst it can help with stamina it can also generate agitation.
  • Yellow can have an uplifting effect
  • Greens can have a calming effect.

Different hues of colours can have an effect.

How could colour make a difference?
There's several benefits, including:
  • If your animal is recovering from illness;
  • In need of some TLC;
  • Soothe in times of stress - e.g. thunderstorms or firework noise;
  • Help promote energy

Then using different colours could help him/her feel more relaxed or even more positive!

You can read more about colour therapy online at Taranet here.

Like help finding a veterinary surgeon or therapist for your animal?
Please email me at info at taranet . co. uk

Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

How To Get The Natural Power of Thyme

Your Horse or Dog Will Love The Natural Benefits of Thyme

Thyme is a herb you are familiar with in many dishes. But did you know it's used as a herb to help dog and horse health too?

So what is thyme? It's a herb that's found in mediterranean regions, and is aromatic. This means that it's also great as aromatherapy. But thyme is also consumed as part of the diet. Thyme has several beneficial properties. Including containing Vitamin A, which is an important vitamin. Vitamin A helps with skin health, growth, bone health, vision and even fertility.

Thyme is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Where can you find thyme for your horse or dog?

To ensure your dog has the right amount. Buy a supplement that already contains thyme. This way you can minimise issues about sourcing and quantities. Many veterinary herbal supplements include thyme as an ingredient. Leading suppliers like Hilton Herbs sell products containing thyme for horses and dogs.

You can buy thyme as an essential oil too.

When should you use thyme with your dog or horse?

If your animal has a respiratory or a stomach issue, then thyme as an essential oil maybe helpful. You can use essential oils in a variety of ways. But it’s always important to ensure your animal is happy with the aroma, if not, then it may cause more harm than good! So a consultation with a zoopharmacognosy practitioner is advised first.

If your dog has a respiratory issue or digestive issue, then thyme could be a natural herb to help.

And yes improving fertility is another effect. The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science in 2014 published research looking at “Effects of Dietary Thyme and Fish Oil on Semen Quality of Miniature Caspian Horse", stating it does help! Read more at

Before you use thyme in veterinary use

As with any herb, being natural doesn't mean you should always use it. Caution with any herb is wise. Especially if your animal is on any medication. So always speak to your veterinary surgeon for advice first. You can also find veterinary surgeon's who specialise in herbal medicine. And zoopharmacognosy practitioners have trained in using essential oils for animal use. So consult these before using.

How To Care For Your Foal With A Holistic Approach

How Foals Can Be Kept Happy Naturally

Seeing a foal in the field with his or her mother is a lovely sight. Foals are so cute! But have you thought about how to care them? And how you can ensure they have a holistic approach to their health from the start?

It's never to early to introduce a horse to a natural lifestyle. Even though a horse in the field may seem natural, it's sometimes not all it seems!

Here are 5 tips to help you care for your foal naturally:

  1. Movement and shelter - A foal has a lot of growing to do. 24 hour turnout with mum is best. In a large field. But of course ensure the field has shelter from the wind, rain or sun. A good large established hedge is best. Or a field shelter (or 2) is a good idea too. If your field has herbs and good quality meadow plants it will provide variety to the diet.
  2. Footcare - A foals feet need care. An experienced qualified farrier will help give your foal a good experience. This is important to stop any fear problems later in life. But if your foal is nervous or excited by the farrier (or the mare is cautious about baby having this attention). Then Bach Flower Remedies are a great complementary therapy to help with emotions. As of course are the energy therapies of Reiki and Radionics.
  3. Nutrition - As I mentioned in tip 1, variety to the diet is a good idea. You are what you eat is a popular saying for people. AND it applies to horses and foals too! Of course while your foal is drinking mum's milk, the nutrition for your mare is even more essential. It's best to think about nutrition before the foal is born. While your mare is pregnant consider the nutrition then. Some herbal supplements maybe useful. As can some homeopathy to help promote good health. A qualified veterinary surgeon who's trained in herbal medicine or homeopathy, will help.
  4. Handling - You don't want your foal to grow up with fear. Nor do you want your foal thinking he or she can use his size to do exactly what he wants. It could be dangerous - not just for you, but for the young horse. The Tellington Ttouch is a great holistic training technique. Helping with body awareness, increasing confidence and is gentle. You can find many Tellington Ttouch practitioners across the world.
  5. Weaning - this can be stressful. So should be managed with empathy, sensitivity and kindness. Many complementary therapies can help with this. So that mare and youngster both are happier about the situation. There are 38 Bach Flower Remedies, one (or more) will help both. Energy therapies like Reiki and Radionics can help to relieve tension. And reduce anxiety. Also zoopharmacognosy (aromatherapy) can relieve tension.

Remember.. With any horse health / care situation it's important to get Veterinary advice before using a complementary therapy to help. Consider too that what works with one horse may not necessarily work with another.

Find out more about all the therapies listed here. Plus many more complementary natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore and find out how you can help your horse, dog or other animal!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

Why Arnica For Your Horse or Dog's Health?

Many people will have heard of Arnica, but what is it? And did you know it can help horse or dog health?

Arnica is a plant related to the common daisy – part of the Compositae family. You can find other members of this family used in herbal health. – e.g. Calendula, Echinacea and Dandelion.

There are several varieties of Arnica, but the most well-used is “Arnica Montana”.

As Arnica is often used for homeopathy and as a herb, it has led to over-harvesting. Also hybrids of Arnica have developed. So it’s a good idea to check both the originating source and purity for the Arnica product you buy.

Arnica contains selenium and manganese. These are two important elements needed for a healthy body.

How to use Arnica with animals?

Many animals can use arnica. This includes horses and dogs.

You can get Arnica as a:

  • homeopathic tablet
  • skincare lotion/gel
  • essential oil

Use Arnica to help:

  • relieving the symptoms of bruising
  • soothe aches/pains
  • relieve your horse’s or dog’s exertion after strenuous exercise.

Does Arnica work?

There have been few clinical trials. And research took place several years ago that tested Arnica in pill form for people, and said it didn’t work. But this didn’t look at the topical application of Arnica, which it’s most used for in both people and animals. Also the use of homeopathy can be a controversial subject. So analysis can be skewed when considering Arnica use in that context.

So as Arnica is popular, why hasn’t there been more clinical trials?

Generally there's few clinical trials for assessing the benefits of herbs for people. Even less so for their use for animal health. This is often because a pharmaceutical company cannot easily patent a plant. So profits are going to be minimal, versus the cost of a clinical trial being very expensive. The lack of clinical trial proving the effectiveness isn’t evidence that it doesn’t work!

Read my Natural Animal Healthcare Research page for more info on this!

Where To Buy Arnica?

Many good pet care stores or equestrian tack shops sell arnica products. Or you can find online in many pet health and equestrian health sites. Remember to buy the best quality, purest Arnica and watch for how much is in the product to get the best results!

Do I use it here for my own animals?

I have used Arnica in the past, and do think it is great for soothing aches. But as I now adore Aloe Vera and the whole of my aloe vera range (as am a Forever Business Owner). I tend to use Aloe based products now for the majority of skin/healthcare!

Lastly, remember if you're concerned about your horse or dog's health, then get proper qualified veterinary surgeon advice before trying any complementary therapy or supplement.

You can also find holistic veterinary surgeon's and trained natural animal healthcare professionals around the world to help you.

Find out more about dozens of natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore how complementary therapies can help your animal!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at And also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals. Plus sells a large range of aloe vera healthcare for people and animals.

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