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    Animal Self Medication

    Sheila Harper and Winny Boerman


    Both Sheila and Winny are fully qualified as

    Applied Animal Self Medication Practitioners (Dip. IAZ)
    Canine Emmett Practitioners

    Animal Self Medication
    Sheila and Winny have studied canine zoopharmacognosy with Caroline and Thomas Ingraham at the Ingraham Academy of Zoopharmacognosy.

    What is Zoopharmacognosy/ Animal Self Medication
    All animals have an innate ability to prevent 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 health.
    Based on science and observational research, animal self medication is becoming increasingly accepted as a valid therapy in veterinary circles.

    Canine Emmett
    Sheila & Winny have studied Canine Emmett with Andy Eckley at Emmett4Animals UK.

    The practices of Animal Self Medication and Emmett are not intended to replace veterinary care. If you dog is exhibiting any symptoms of concern you should consult your veterinary surgeon.

    Sheila and Winny offer Animal Self Medication therapy sessions. Please see the menu on the left for further details.