Your animal will guide the session, I am just the practitioner. As I work, I will explain the process of animal self-selection. More information can be found in the FAQs.
What happens in a consultation?
It takes place in the animal’s home or usual environment to reduce potential stress caused by car journeys or horse trailer. Previously, I will have e-mailed you a consultation questionnaire about your pet’s health to gain a full picture of the current situation. This helps guide some of the initial choices of plant extracts to offer your pet. From then on, the beauty is that the session is animal-led.
Important note: Cats only choose to select essential oils by inhalation; they are never applied topically on a cat.
How long does a session last?
Usually between 1 – 3 hours. I always allow a morning or afternoon. This gives your animal the time to work at its own pace through the extracts offered. And gives you time out to concentrate on your pet. Sometimes one session will be enough. Sometimes more are needed. Each animal is unique, an individual. I’m happy to chat with you at the first session and we can work out what you feel is best for you and your pet going forwards.
We can observe your animal’s responses and body language. This guides me to look at what your animal chooses and how much it wants. Your animal may select to take orally, by inhalation or by topical application to the skin or it may ‘say No thanks!’ and that’s fine too. Extracts are never forced on them.
Won’t the animals just eat it all anyway?
No – this is often asked. The animals are selecting their ‘individualised medicine’. I have seen lots of horses selecting rosehips – a great tonic for the immune system. Then I have seen one horse take one sniff and show no further interest – clearly it wasn’t needed by that horse.
This is the beauty of Applied Zoopharmacognosy. Each animal is different. So your animal will choose its own remedy.
If you wish, I can show you how to offer different extracts and what signs to look for in your animal’s responses. By being part of the process of self-selection, I want to empower you to ‘listen’ to your animal so you can continue to support their health and well-being.
My Toolkit(s) – there’s more than one!
I offer plant extracts, oils, algae and minerals from reputable sources which assure high quality, organic materials, many of which are wild-crafted, to achieve the best results for your animal. After each session, all of my toolkits (and equestrian scoops and muck boots if horses!) are disinfected using non-toxic products. This maintains a high standard of hygiene.
What is your professional status?
I am a fully qualified and insured Practitioner in Applied Zoopharmacognosy (Dip IAZ), having had the privilege of training with Caroline Ingraham, the founder and pioneer of this important work.
I abide by the five principles of Applied Zoopharmacognosy:
- Always gaining the animal’s consent
- Never put a plant compound in the animal’s food
- Always allow the animal to self-select
- Never diagnose
- Never restrain an animal
I trained and work with the following species:
- Cats – carnivore – meat eaters
- Horses and ponies – herbivore – plant eaters
- Dogs – omnivore – both meat and plant eaters
I am not restricted to just these three though. The AZ principles can also be applied to other species according to their feeding type.
What about veterinary care?
This is not in place of the excellent veterinary care we have in the UK. It is supportive. If you have any concerns regarding your animal’s health then you are advised to discuss it also with your vet. I am happy to work alongside veterinary treatment using natural compounds selected by your animal to offer a holistic approach to its own health and well-being. As a matter of professional courtesy and to promote the principles of Applied Zoopharmacognosy, I would recommend that you inform your vet of your animal’s AZ session; this is entirely at your discretion.