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Alternative Therapies for Pets

Pet owners are, more and more, searching for alternative medicine for pets. Conventional medicine is important and saves pets’ lives. However, many times, pet owners can help their pets remain healthy by utilizing alternative therapies for their pets. The goal is prevention rather than remediation. By keeping your pet healthy, you can avoid many expenses of having to fix health problems down the line. This article will examine some alternative therapies for pets and how these can help keep your pet healthy, preventing a costly trip to the vet.

Proper Diet for Pets

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your pet healthy is to give hime the proper nutrition. This involves researching what nutrition is species appropriate for your pet. For instance, cats need much more protein than dogs do. Here are a couple of article that address diet for dogs and for cats:

Making Your Own Dog Food

Raw Dog Food Diet

How to Choose the Right Food for Your Cat

Feeding your pet in a way that is natural and appropriate for him may involve more up-front costs. However, in the long term, lots of money and heartache can be saved. Keeping your pet healthy through diet will help your pet age with dignity and can prevent many issues brought on by obesity and a poor diet.

Alternative Therapies for Pets

Aromatherapy for Pets

Aromatherapy for pets can have the same benefits as it does for people.  Scented oils are inhaled with a diffuser, or rubbed onto the skin after being diluted.  These aromatherapy treatments  have benefits physically and physiologically.  Oils can be used as a detox, and an antiseptic.  Anxiety and stress are common in our pets and essential oils in aromatherapy are used to treat both. Rather than immediately turning to medication to help with anxiety and stress, using aromatherapy may have beneficial results without the side effects common to medications. For instance, putting good-quality lavender oil (diluted in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil) on the bottom of a dog’s paws, rubbing it in his coat, or applying it to his collar can help a dog who has separation anxiety to relax and calm down when you are away.

Many dogs and cats also have skin problem and need pest protection and when applied to the skin, aromatherapy is a remedy for these physical issues.  Our pets’ noses work similarly to ours.  The scent that is inhaled or rubbed into their skin is picked up by the pets’ nose, and the brain processes these.  This causes the body to release calming, rejuvenating and pain relief chemicals quickly.  Aromatherapy is a calming, pain-free, noninvasive treatment for dogs and cats.

Acupuncture for Pets

Acupuncture treatments relieve pain and reduce inflammation in our pets’ bodies. By stimulating the body the muscles relax where acupuncture has been applied.  In turn, this relieves pain without medication or surgery.  Blood flow to tissues and oxygen flow through the body increases with the use of acupuncture as an alternative treatment for our pets.  Acupuncture also rids the pet’s body of toxins for a cleansing therapy.  There are no side effects that often come along with prescribed medication and those purchased over the counter.  Acupuncture is a wonderful alternative pet treatment.

If you find your dog or cat struggling with health, look to alternative treatments that are safe and effective.

What alternative treatments have you used for your pet?

 

Caroline Kellam

Caroline Kellam

Caroline Kellam is the co-owner of PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services and a huge animal lover. She and her husband, Brian, share their home with six (yes, you read it right, six!) rescued dogs and three cockatiels (one of which was found on a neighbor's roof). She would love to have a cat or two as well, but the dogs (and the birds) will simply not stand for it.
Caroline Kellam

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