Originally Posted by tealamutt
ETA: on the "all natural" bit- I can see why people think that something being natural makes it somehow less toxic to animals and safer to use, but this is a very dangerous misconception. Foxglove, bella-donna, yellow star thistle, arsenic, oleander, all 100% natural and all very toxic. I bring these up specifically because the plants are often grown as ornamentals and/or found in pasture and arsenic can be in high levels in well water. Most of us know that they are dangerous and would never give them to our animals but many people will reach for an herbal remedy which is touted as "all natural". Personally, I prefer to use something that has been extensively studied with safe doses and duration of use guidelines set.
very true but this does not mean that all natural remedies are bad. Take the bio-bute for example. This is now being recommended by vets as an all round alternative to bute. Ideally, if a natural remedy is being sought, research should be done to rule out anything else more harmful. Personally, if a product is safe I would much rather use a natural remedy than pump my horse full of chemical drugs. Not being argumentative just offering the other side of the opinion :)