How to Care for Your Dog Holistically
Article by Melinda Smith
Holistic dog health care is becoming a natural means for dog owners to ensure that their pets are as healthy as possible, living long, happy lives to the fullest. Perhaps the most important aspect for a dog’s health would be a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to make sure the joints, organs, and digestive systems make work in harmony as well with the skin and coat being healthy. A diet of meat, vegetables, and whole grains without any processed foods or unnecessary fillers is usually recommended when following the holistic approach to dog care.
Using a variety of essential oils, plant extracts, herbs and flowering essences, people have treated numerous ailments and conditions over the past thousands of years. As of recently, these ancient healing practices have found their way into pet care and are now becoming increasingly popular as more and more dog owners are looking for safer, healthier, and less invasive alternatives to treating their pets.
Canine herbal remedies include calendula and chamomile for treating wounds, with chamomile used to give relief for respiratory compaints as well.To help your dog to recover from constipation or bowel disorders, you can try crushed flaxseed mixed with lot of water. For dry, itchy skin, oats are as soothing to a dog’s skin as they are to a human’s, and if your pup is having trouble sleeping, smelling some lavender may help them to relax and finally fall soundly asleep.
Be sure to do your homework before using any herbal concoctions on your dog. Some herbs and flowers can be harmful or even toxic to animals or people.Also, ask your veterinarian for their input and recommendations when it comes to holistic dog health and using all-natural remedies for their care.
Today there are an increasing number of veterinarians who are putting great stock in holistic dog health, making it a large part of their practice. A Vet who uses holistic dog strategies treats animals as a whole, rather than identifying a certain problem and prescribing one type of treatment to treat that specific injury or illness.
For instance, if your dog has suddenly come down with some sort of rash on his skin causing irritation, redness, itching, a possible infection, and some fur loss, a “regular” vet might send you away with an antibiotic to treat the skin infection as well as a topical ointment to deal with the itching.
A holistic veterinarian will place more emphasis on determining the cause of the rash as the source of the infection before prescribing those two remedies.With holistic care, the dog’s indoor and outdoor environment, his daily lifestyle, eating habits and nutritional intake are all taken into consideration before attempting to diagnose or treat the animal.
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Holistic dog health care is becoming more popular as an alternative to purely conventional veterinary care. It is thought that holistic pet health care encourages a healthier, longer life for pets.