By Dr Cynthia Maro
Your pet can live longer and healthier lives with a more holistic approach to home and veterinary care.
Before approaching holistic home care, it is important to understand what holistic care really is.
There is a widely held misconception that “holistic” is synonymous with homeopathic medicine (homeopathy is a branch of medical care that requires specific remedies for the treatment of medical and emotional health problems) or health care practices. alternatives such as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.
While holistic care may include the addition of the previously mentioned treatments, the term holistic simply means looking at the whole individual or the bigger picture and providing both wellness and health care. health that deal with everything from an individual’s diet to their emotional well-being and physical environment.
In Western medical schools, the training and approach to care involves identifying a disease, giving it a name (confirming a diagnosis through testing), and then treating it with medication to rule out the disease or symptoms. .
Vets learn this approach, but we also learn a lot about herd health and disease outbreaks, so vets have a more holistic view of treating groups of animals.
Unfortunately, the Western medical approach taught to me at a veterinary college did not offer a comprehensive welfare plan for individual pets, and offered no options for care for conditions that were considered terminal or not. treatable.
The current demand and attraction for holistic veterinary care is based on:
1. Homeowners are looking for natural alternatives to drug therapy, knowing that drugs can have significant side effects.
2. The bond between humans and their pets is stronger than ever since the pandemic.
3. With more reports of drug side effects, increased risk of cancer with certain drugs, and concerns about hyperimmunization, customers are seeking more logical approaches to home and veterinary care for their pets. beloved companionship.
4. Many homeowners seek alternative care for serious illnesses, such as cancer and autoimmune diseases, both of which have excellent responses to alternative options.
So how can homeowners take a more holistic, health-friendly approach to day-to-day home care?
1. Incorporate nutritious whole foods into your pet’s diet.
2. Add raw fermented foods including lacto-fermented carrots and raw sauerkraut to your pet’s diet.
3. Talk to your veterinarian about the vitamins and complete food supplements that are best suited for your pet’s life stage.
4. Stop buying so many goodies and products online, on questionable sites like Amazon, where supply and validity cannot be identified.
5. Improve your pet’s mental and emotional health by incorporating play times that meet your pet’s needs and motivations. For example, learn about your pet’s breed and create a game that engages the breed characteristics of your companion. A herding dog loves to herd, so give him a game that simulates the herd and lots of activity. Collectors need to recover, so it makes sense to chase down and throw a ball back.
6. Dogs love to forage for food, so place food in areas of the yard, so they can have fun foraging and lose the bowl.
7. Cats love to grab their food, so use a food shooter and get their food moving.
8. Get regular health, ear and eye checks to detect and treat the first signs of illness.
To the vet :
1. Talk to your vet about reduced immunization schedules and titration tests.
2. Increase omega 3 fatty acids and find the best products (many contain heavy metals, which can be harmful).
3. Look for early supplementation for the prevention of arthritis.
4. Use chiropractic animal care to maintain healthy joints.
5. Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s weight and how to help him reach an ideal weight (reduces cancer and joint problems).
6. Make lists of all your concerns so that they can be dealt with at the vet. Long list? Ask for a longer consultation time when planning.
You can find holistic vets in your area by visiting AHVMA.org.
Dr. Cynthia Maro is a veterinarian at Ellwood Animal Hospital in Ellwood City and Chippewa Animal Hospital in Chippewa Township. She writes a bi-weekly column on animal care and health issues. If you have a topic you would like to see covered, send an email to [email protected]