Scientists at the University of Nottingham are using ancient Chinese herbal remedies to help pets suffering with allergies. The academics in the university’s School of Pharmacy are investigating whether natural plant extracts such as liquorice and ginger, used for centuries for their healing properties, could be used to treat allergic conditions in animals.
As a result of the research, new foods containing the extracts could be on the shelves of pet stores within the next two years, allowing owners to treat their pets in a similar way to buying vitamins and other complimentary therapies. The research is being carried out in collaboration with the Waltham Centre for Pet Care and Nutrition owned by Mars Inc. which has funded the project with a £75,000 grant.
Adrian Watson, of Mars, said: “We will be delivering ‘intelligent’ food, not a pharmaceutical product, and believe that dog owners will feel happier being offered something that is completely natural.”