Over the last five years, Holistic medicine has become a main stream phrase across the Western World. Combining the teachings from homeopathic, naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine, holistic medicine sought out not only to cure an illness, but to examine the body as a whole to prevent the illness from happening again. This is done by examining the body for any toxins, and through many sorts of remedies, purging the body from a toxic state and replenishing it with the nutrients needed to become healthy again. Holistic medicines creates a new lifestyle for a happier, healthier person. But why not pets? Surely pets are affected from the same toxins as pesticide foods, hormones in meat products, polluted environments (to name a few) as we are, so therefore would they not be suffering from similar ailments as we do? Holistic medicine and veterinarians who offer holistic care is rapidly expanding to our four legged friends to cater to their similar needs of a healthier lifestyle through treatment and preventative measures.
In recent years our pets have mimicked our poor choices in eating habits. The obesity rates for domesticated animals such as dogs and cats have skyrocketed in the last decade, not to mention diseases such as diabetes and forms of cancer. Lack of exercise, poor quality pet food, and constant snacks for pets has led our companions in a spiral of pet obesity and illness. Thankfully, Holistic medicine has the answers for our pets through nutritional therapies, herbal medicines, and homeopathy.
When seeking a holistic vet for your pet, be prepared to answer a wide range of questions about your pet’s life style, environment, food intake and previous ailments. The holistic veterinarian is not only trying to heal your pet physically but also to get to the root of the problem and offer advice on lifestyle changes to prevent the illness from happening again. Some stresses we over look about our pets overall health include cramped living conditions, lack of maintenance for the pet and constant noise with no place for the pet to de-program. It is also common for your pet to receive a blood test so your holistic vet can decide if your pet is suffering from any deficiency.
We will see in the next few years how holistic medicine becomes more and more apparent in mainstream society for our pets, and provides owners with more options about their pet’s health and well being.