By Dr. Cynthia Maro
Your pet can enjoy a longer, healthier life through a more holistic approach to home and veterinary care.
Before you delve into comprehensive home care, it’s important to understand what comprehensive care really is.
There is a widespread misconception that “holistic” is synonymous with homeopathic medicine (homeopathy is a branch of health care that requires specific remedies for the treatment of medical and emotional health conditions) or alternative health care practices. such as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine or MC.
While holistic care may include the addition of the treatments mentioned above, the term holistic means simply looking at the whole person or the big picture and providing care for both well-being and illness, ranging from the diet of the individual to their emotional well-being and physical environment.
In Western medical schools, training and the focus of care revolve around the identification of a disease, its name (by confirming a diagnosis through testing), and subsequent treatment with drugs to eliminate it. the disease or symptoms.
Veterinarians learn this approach, but we also learn a lot about herd health and disease outbreaks, so veterinarians have a more holistic view on treating groups of animals.
Unfortunately, the Western medical approach I was taught in veterinary college did not offer a comprehensive welfare plan for individual pets and did not provide care options with conditions considered terminal or untreatable.
Current demand and attraction for holistic veterinary care is based on:
1. Owners are looking for natural alternatives to drug therapy, knowing that medications can have significant side effects.
2. The bond between people and their pets is stronger than ever, since the pandemic.
3. With more reports on medication side effects, increased cancer risk with certain medications, and concern about hyper-vaccination, clients are looking for more logical approaches to both home care and veterinary care of their loved ones. pets.
4. Many homeowners seek alternative care for serious conditions, such as cancer and autoimmune diseases, which show excellent responses to alternative options.
So how can homeowners take a more holistic, health-promoting approach to day-to-day care?
1. Incorporate nutritious whole foods into your pet’s diet.
2. Add raw fermented foods to your pet’s diet, including carrots fermented with milk and raw sauerkraut.
3. Talk to your veterinarian about which vitamins and whole food supplements are best for your pet’s life stage.
4. Stop buying so many delicacies and products online, from dubious sites, including Amazon, where supply and validity cannot be identified.
5. Improve your pet’s mental and emotional health by incorporating play time that meets your pet’s needs and units. For example, read about your pet’s breed and create games that involve your companion’s breed characteristics. A shepherd dog loves to roam, so give him a game that simulates the shepherd and lots of activity. Recoverers need to recover, so chasing and returning a ball makes sense.
6. Dogs love to look for food, so place food in the yard areas so they can have fun looking for food and miss the bowl.
7. Cats like to grab food, so use a food shooter and move the food.
8. Perform regular health checks of the ears and eyes to detect and treat the first signs of the disease.
At the vet:
1. Talk to your veterinarian about reducing vaccination schedules and title testing.
2. Increase omega 3 fatty acids and learn about the best products (many have heavy metal, which can be harmful).
3. Look for early supplements to prevent arthritis.
4. Use animal chiropractic care to maintain joint health.
5. Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s weight and ways to help them achieve an ideal weight (reduce cancer and joint problems).
6. Make a list of all your concerns so you can see them at the vet. Long list? Request a longer consultation time when scheduling.
You can find holistic vets in your area by visiting AHVMA.org.
Dr. Cynthia Maro is a veterinarian at El Ellwood Animal Hospital in Ellwood City and Chippewa Animal Hospital in Chippewa Township. Write a fortnightly column on pet care and health. If you have a topic you would like to address, please email email@example.com.