As a responsible dog owner, you try to keep your pet healthy and full of life by providing routine care that helps to avoid illness. Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, he may become unwell or be injured. While conventional treatment is readily available for when your pet falls sick, many people are turning to holistic and alternative treatments.
What Is Holistic Dog Care?
The term holistic is derived from the word “whole”. Holistic pet care is, therefore, taking care of your dog as a “whole”, rather than focusing on the certain body part that is ill or injured. This means getting everything in the pet’s body to function optimally and thus curing his illness.
To understand this better, let’s look at a human analogy. If a person has several diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure because of obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle, then he has a few treatment options. He may take medication for these individual conditions, or he may decide to lose weight and choose a healthier lifestyle by eating better and exercising. Once his weight has dropped and his lifestyle improved, his medical conditions often improve too. This is what is meant by taking a holistic approach, and it can be applied to dogs as well.
How Does One Practice Holistic Dog Care?
Practicing holistic dog care means making sure all aspects of your dog’s life, including diet, exercise, and emotional needs are properly taken care of. This includes providing him with high-quality nutritious food, keeping him clean and well-groomed, and giving him attention and physical exercise. In short, you will be providing everything he needs to be physically and emotionally well.
Practitioners of holistic pet care try to avoid conventional drugs, un-necessary vaccinations, and other non-natural treatments. However, it’s sensible to care for your dog with a combination of conventional and holistic pet care may be practiced.
If, in spite of your best care, your dog becomes ill or injured, you can have him treated with holistic therapies. Examples of these alternative treatments are massage therapy, acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Benefits of Practicing Holistic Pet Care
The benefits of holistic pet care are many, but here are some of the main ones:
- It can be an excellent way of preventing illness in your dog.
- It can save you a lot in veterinary bills. For example, feeding your dog appropriately can avoid nutritional deficiencies and excesses which may need veterinary treatment.
- Caring for your dog’s emotional needs will avoid behavioral problems which may be disruptive to your lifestyle.
If you are interested in using holistic care to keep your dog healthy or even to treat him when he is sick, be sure to consult a holistic veterinarian for a proper treatment plan. Each dog and each illness is different and needs an individual holistic approach, so it’s always best to consult a professional.
Susan Wright is a trained veterinarian of more than a decade and is a freelance writer. Susan frequently shares helpful tips to make raising a dog easier.