Natural Pet Care - Holistic Treatments For Your Pet

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Natural pet care is made up of a number of holistic treatment segments
with the basic message being to look at the big picture on the way to
achieving both short and long-term health. This approach to natural pet
care takes into account such things as whether or not your pet is getting
the proper nutrition, finding out whether certain factors might be
influencing your pets stress level, and determining whether environmental
toxins could be contributing to illness or disease.

The holistic practitioners oath is built around the premise of doing no
harm first, while taking steps to enable your pets body to heal itself
and fend off disease by strengthening immune system function through non-
chemical means.

This common sense approach to veterinary medicine will in itself help to
avoid overuse of or misuse of many drugs including steroid, antibiotics,
vaccinations, and other treatments.

While initially this may not seem like such as big deal research tells us
that the overuse of antibiotics is creating a who new strain of super-
bugs. One example would be in the area of pet urinary tract infections
where the condition is now becoming chronic almost 50 percent of the time
due to antibiotic use and misuse.

Another example would be steroids to treat bone and joint diseases that
only mask the symptoms potentially speeding cartilage deterioration. On
the other hand, a holistic approach consisting of glucosamine,
chiropractic care, and some common sense lifestyle changes might actually
be able to reverse the condition and improve your pet quality of life.

The holistic pet practitioner will always be asking "why" and working
from there. Conversely, my experience with conventional veterinarian
medicine tells me the focus will be more about short-term treatment
worrying about why later, if at all.

Don't get me wrong I am not against conventional veterinary medicine as I
have many friends in the field who are both really smart and caring but
in order for true healing to take place a balance must be struck between
natural pet care and other forms of medicine.

There will be times when even the most natural health minded pet parent
must rely on the skills of conventional veterinary medicine with
complementary medicine only playing a supporting role.

Examples would be in cases of severe trauma, certain types of infections,
and blockages of the urinary track which require immediate action.

For example if a struvite or calcium stone/urolith was the reason for the
urinary tract blockage a conventional approach might be necessary to
remove it, possibly including surgery. Once removed and urine flow is
restored then a holistic approach to diet and wellness would be an
excellent preventative path moving forward.
Another example would be if a severe bacterial infection of the urinary
tract required antibiotic treatment then a holistic approach to diet,
exercise, stress reduction, in combination with a homeopathic urinary
tract tonic would be an excellent natural way to proceed in hopes of
avoiding chronic infection requiring a lifelong regime of low dose
antibiotics.

In conclusion, natural pet care involving holistic treatments for your
pet is wide-ranging including behavior modification; herbal medicine;
homeopathy; vitamin, mineral, and supplement therapy; veterinary
chiropractic; and even acupuncture.

The truth is you don't need to be on board with all the complementary pet
treatment methods above to embrace a holistic treatment approach for your
pet, or pets, only have the desire to ask "why", find the root cause of
the problem, and make natural choices to cure and prevent re-occurrence.

				
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