“The holistic herbalist looks beyond the symptoms of disease to identify and correct their underlying causes. Unlike conventional medicine, holistic healing’s focus is not to kill or cut out disease as it occurs, but to reestablish and maintain holistic homeostasis, balance and harmony. Herbs and animals have lived together for a long, long time. Millions of years before the first humans walked the earth creatures large and small were using plants as their primary source of healing.” (Excerpts from “Herbs for Pets” by Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L Wulff.)  This and many other helpful books are available at The Critters & Me along with a nice selection of herbs for use in the daily care of your companion animals and treatment of minor ailments.