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    Workshop : Canine Self- Medication


    Canine Self- Medication

    with Sheila Harper B ED, BA and Winny Boerman B.App.Sc

    Date : Autumn 18

    Venue : Cannock Chase, Staffordshire


    Have you ever noticed how a dog will choose to eat certain grasses to purge itself when it feels sick – but not eat the grass when it is hungry? Well this is a simple example of zoopharmacognosy.

    What is Zoopharmacognosy?

    All animals have an innate ability to treat disease. Zoopharmacognosy refers to the process by which animals self-medicate through the natural foraging of plants and their essential oils, and selecting natural minerals present in chalk, clay and algae, for example.

    The word Zoopharmacognosy was coined by Dr.Elroy Rodriguez a biochemist at Cornell University. This word derives from the ancient Greek 'Zoo' (animal), 'pharmaco' (remedy) and 'gnosy' (knowing).

    Applied Zoopharmacognosy is the practice of enabling domestic and captive animals to self-medicate effectively in environments where they may not have access to the therapeutic plants they need.

    Offering appropriate secondary compounds, such as herbs, minerals and essential oils, for self-medication allows the animal the ability to effectively influence its own physical and emotional health.

    Based on science and observational research, Applied Zoopharmacognosy is becoming increasingly accepted as a valid therapy in veterinary circles.

    This fascinating therapy will be demonstrated and explained over the course of this two day workshop.

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    Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
    Autumn 18