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What is Holistic Pet Care?

For the part can never be well unless the whole is well — Plato

Holistic medicine blends traditional medicine with alternative treatments based on ancient Eastern practices. The idea is founded on the principal that the human body is made up of interdependent parts and that each part affects the others. Rather than treating symptoms or illnesses individually, you must address your whole being—mind, body, and spirit.

Similarly, holistic wellness is an approach to life emphasizing this mind, body, spirit connection. A holistic lifestyle incorporates a nutritious, all-natural diet, reducing exposure to chemicals in your food and home, exploring ways to get more in tune with your body through restorative exercise like yoga, and attaining inner peace.

The Holistic Pet

Just as ‘people’ doctors have begun to recognize the merits of taking a holistic approach to medicine, more and more veterinarians and pet experts are embracing the concept of holistic pet care. Many vets now offer alternative treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic for joint issues or homeopathy and aromatherapy for anxiety and behavioral issues. You can search for a holistic vet by state or specialty on the American Holistic Veterinary Association (AHVA) website.

Your pet’s holistic wellness begins at home. Good nutrition is essential for good health, so read those pet food labels and strive for an organic, all-natural diet. Learn what common people foods and household products may be toxic to your pet. Look for natural alternatives to pet medications (pumpkin works wonders for constipation). Try homeopathic treatments (Rescue Remedy helps with separation anxiety). Finally, keep your pet active and engaged with plenty of play, socialization, and exercise.

 

 

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