Herbs can be deeply curative (the new Veterinary Botanical Medical Association is a great source for experts) and can help soothe symptoms while deeper energy work is being done. They can cause side effects, so you need to use commercial products (often combinations for specific conditions) only from reliable companies and study a bit to understand when to use what kind of herbs.
Herbs for Pets: the Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life by Greg Tilford and Mary Wulff-Tilford is one of the most beautiful and useful books I know. Greg, a skilled photographer, took the pictures of the herbs for the books, many of them full page color plates. They begin with a great holistic overview of natural nutrition and herbs in general. About 65 herbs have several pages and photos each, covering appearance, habitat, preparation, common uses, cautions and more. An additional 45 have a few lines each.
The third section of the book is an herbal repertory of common animal ailments and how to treat them herbally. The original edition is hardcover with the best photos. He formulates the totally reliable Animals’ Apawthecary herbs (Tinkle tonic was number one product sold one year).
The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat by Juliette de Bairacli-Levy is one of the original herbal books for all species. She dropped out of veterinary college in England because they could not cure distemper and she could. Living near 100, she carefully observed what animals ate, experimented on her own animals, and taught millions how to build health with herbs and fresh food. While a little difficult to use as a reference for specific illnesses, this is a must read book (don’t miss the buried meat instructions). She has many other excellent books – and over 20 more, including a novel.
The Complete Herbal Handbook For Farm And Stable
The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog
Cats Naturally: Natural Rearing For Healthier Domestic Cats