Are You Ready To Try Holistic Pet Wellness?
Saturday September 30, 2017
Author: Karen Spinelli
all want our pets to live forever. The
powerful soul-level desire behind that statement is so much stronger than just
the surface of its words. Personally I
would do anything, absolutely anything, to make that wish come true. And if you are reading this, it’s a safe bet
you feel the same way about your animals.
truth is, they aren’t just animals to us.
They are our best friends, our children, our siblings, and in many
cases, our soul mates.
that in mind, I try to read and listen to everything I can get my hands on
about holistic animal wellness.
Interestingly, like many of you, I work much harder at maintaining my
pets’ health than even my own.
last three Hand To Paw blog articles focused on holistic wellness for pet
parents with the thought that, we need to be in the state of our best health if
we want to stick around and remain capable of advocating for our pets’ best
also talked about some of my favorite holistic pet wellness modalities – reiki energy
healing, therapeutic massage, and fitness programs customized to the unique needs
is my commitment to continue to share with you as many holistic avenues for pet
wellness as I possibly can. After all,
we’re in this quest for pet immortality together, right?!
its heart, holistic practice aims to achieve the longest, healthiest lives for
clients, in this case our pets, by looking at “the big picture” of each unique patient,
as well as the interactions between their body, mind, and soul.
holistic practitioner will look at, not only their past and current medical
history, but also take into account their nutrition, water intake, exercise/activity,
sleep/wake cycle, social environment in the home, stress levels, as well as
holistic practitioner will also take the time to detective out all of the
intermingling causative factors that led up to issues found, as well as
multiple options for ways to go about treating it.
the animal side of health care, most vets already treat the animal’s whole body,
with the help of a handful of specialties should an extra level of experience
be helpful. For example, your primary vet probably does their annual all-over
body exam and then treats whatever isn’t within normal parameters – whether that
be sensory, dental, orthopedic, metabolic, dermatological…. you get the idea.
specialty areas that can be refereed out include surgery, oncology, and holistic
practices (you can find a holistic in your area on the website for The American
Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (https://www.ahvma.org)
is in contrast with the way most human medicine operates, which is to divide
each system of our bodies into sub-specialties.
We’ve all been in that situation where a medical professional you go to
see can only look at their one specialty area, and need to send you to see
someone else if your issue is comprised of more than that one part.
human medicine, doctors who are ahead of the curve and do take into account that
holistic “look at the entire person”
approach include Osteopaths (designated
D.O., Doctor of Osteopathy) and Naturopaths (designated N.D., Naturopathic
your pet’s primary veterinarian acknowledges the mind-body connection; and looks
at, evaluates, and treats both sides of their being – you have found a great
care giver! If that vet also acknowledges
their energetic and soul self – hold on and never let go!!
of the keys to remember is, a dis-ease in the body, animal or human, does not
appear overnight. It is usually the
culmination of many triggers, experienced over and over, until the threshold is
hit where the body can no longer compensate for it. The healthier that body is, the more triggers
it can tolerate before teetering over that threshold.
that, your goal as a pet owner, or even as a human being with your own body to
care for, is to build up that healthy wall so it becomes a protective barrier
that will successfully shield you from daily attackers that come at it –
whether that be a decline in nutrition, a decline in activity, increased
environmental stress, or just the challenges of age.
stronger you’ve built that protective barrier, and the stronger your holistic
treatment weapons, should those attackers sneak in from time to time, the
better your chance is that your pet will avoid any serious medical issues, or
at least bounce back quickly from any that do manage to slip past the gate.
holistic wellness weapons we will look at in more depth over time include
Electromagnetic Field Therapy
stay-tuned, and let’s take a stroll down this holistic path together…………