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What is Holistic Pet Care?

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So no artificial products, chemicals or additives are used in, on or around our pets.  this includes household products. 

 It is all  about the way Nature intended for our pets to live. Holistic Pet Care, most importantly,  hinges around the right  species appropriate nutrition- which sets the health up of the animal to give them optimal health and immune support. We also use herbal, organic, natural solutions to all their health care needs, and minimize the use of any vaccinations as well,  since over vaccination has been proved to have harmful side affects.  Even one rabies vaccine can cause irreversible damage to a pet with a compromised immune system.  We need more education in this area for sure! 

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There are a number of reasons that you should consider Holistic Pet Care, but here are 3 major ones:

1) Veterinary Care is expensive. In fact, Veterinary Medicine has changed dramatically in the last 30 years, and is pricier now than ever before, one simple visit to the vet and you will be out over $100-$200, no matter what you go in for. Average Vet visits with any surgical costs involved for dog owners is around $800 and cat owners at least $500 last year. If your pet becomes seriously ill, you can easily spend thousands. The advanced allopathic Veterinary Industry can do wonderful advanced life saving procedures, but they have become a huge money making machine.

2) Pets respond better than people to herbs, homeopathy and natural treatments of all kinds- There is nothing more natural than the healing powers of the herbs and plants around us. When ill or injured, animals in the wild have a built in instinctual ability to seek out and eat plants with properties that will help them heal. Not only plants are used but in combination with other holistic methods Natural Pet Care can keep your dog or cat healthy for years to come.

3) Animals bodies actually respond negatively to most of the drugs and chemicals used in allopathic medicines, the preservatives used in pet foods and the harmful pesticides in flea sprays most commonly used which you may not be able to detect but can end up with harmful side effects for years to come.

Holistic care can improve the quality of life for you and your pet and also promote a better physical and emotional well-being. This type of care will take a little learning to understand how to implement. However, the first place to start is with a species appropriate diet. 

Here are some holistic treatments that are beneficial to your pets:


Diet

Nutrition is the cornerstone to our holistic pet care program.  Feeding your pet an organic/holistic diet,  preferably the ‘Prey Model Raw Diet’  will help them maintain their perfect health,  ideal weight and also keep their body at optimum working potential.  Pets that eat a raw and organic diet have a decreased risk for developing heart disease and all  other problems associated with processed and unhealthy pet food. It is important to know your pet’s needs and also recognize the nutrients that they need to make sure and include them in the new diet.

Most manufactured  dry dog foods contain a long list of additives, preservatives and grain products. Grains and other carbohydrates and starches make up a large percentage of the ingredients of processed, commercial dog food company food sources because they are a cheap way to fill the dog up.  Yet dogs do not have the digestive   enzymes or system to cope with grains.  Grains and  other carbs are one of the biggest sources of allergies in dogs. Many people find when they switch to a raw meat and bone diet, the allergies their dogs had disappear.

We need to get beyond the  veterinary induced fear of feeding whole meaty bones to our dogs.  Dogs need whole bone and raw meat and fat – they were designed to use their teeth to gnaw apart whole raw carcasses, including meaty bones and organs. It is actually “unnatural” for them to eat food that’s been reduced from its whole, unadulterated state into a soppy pile of mush then reformed into coloured nuggets. Those sharp teeth in your dog’s mouth are there for slicing, tearing and crunching through whole foods – not for gumming up ground pulp which then sticks to their teeth. Over time, a regular diet of ground food can cause plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth, and this can cause gum disease, which can lead to a myriad of health problems. Gums that are weak, inflamed and unhealthy can’t support the teeth properly, and dogs that are fed ground foods for a long period of time may risk tooth loss.

Please consider, above all else, including everything else you read here, get your dog on a raw diet, which is going to be the best immune building support you can provide for them. 

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Colloidal Silver

I use  Colloidal Silver for so many things. It is an all around go to natural medicine to have on hand for both you and your pets.   For pets it is a natural antibiotic and immune booster. Colloidal silver works to kill bacterial, fungal and viral infections in pets just as well as it does for people. Also, because colloidal silver is mostly tasteless, odorless and non-toxic, you can use it for both dogs and cats internally and externally. If you are looking for a healthy, alternative way to take care of your pets and avoid expensive veterinary bills for the minor illnesses, colloidal silver can be just the remedy to use. My little dogs actually LOVE colloidal silver for some reason. When they see me pick up the spray bottle they come running over for me to give them some. ( of course none of this is a replacement for Veterinary treatment when it is needed) 

Herbal and Homeopathic Medicines

Holistic health care for pets often includes natural herbs, homeopathy and using  healing foods and natural substances to keep your pet as healthy as possible.  A simple first aid kit for pets should include:

Minor wounds in general Calendala
Shock in general Aconitum napellus
Shock from blood loss Arnica and China
Deeper puncture wounds and cuts with jagged edges.Is an excellent remedy to give for any pain due to nerve damage or injuries to nerve-rich areas Hypericum perforatum
Trauma including bleeding and possible bruising Arnica montana
Hot, red swelling Apis mellifica
Bumpy, itchy rash-for arthritis that’s better after moving around, general musculoskeletal injuries, red swollen eyes, skin infections and skin itching. Rhus toxicodendron
Stung area is swollen, bruised and painful.

Stung area is very inflamed and appears blistered

Allergic reaction to the sting

Stung area is red, feels hot and swollen

Arnica montana followed by:Ledum-Cantharis

Carbolic acid

Apis mellifica

Eyes- helps in treating allergy symptoms like watering of eyes and bland discharges. It even provides instant relief from burning sensation in eyes and helps in having a clear vision. Eupharisia
 is wonderful to treat painful abscesses anywhere on the body and painful infected anal glands. Hepar sulphur
The first choice for any type of puncture wound, including those from insect bites. Insect bites that require Apis will be hot and red whereas bites that require Ledum will be cool and appears bruised. Ledum

Herbal Treatments:

Glycerin Extracts and tinctures, and powders are the best way to give herbs to pets due to the sweetness of the glycerin which makes them easier to swallow for your furry friend than alcohol tinctures.  I use the powder hears as well in there food as a nutritive.  These are some great ones to have one hand:

Goldenseal

This herb has antibiotic qualities and can help to prevent  bacteria from growing.  It can be used as a tincture, tea, or wash for dogs with eye infections or weepy eyes. It’s also useful in treating stomach and bowel ailments.

Ginger

Ginger is helpful for the digestive system, including upset tummy’s and nausea. However, it is also effective to relieve arthritis pain. It helps the immune system to quit creating leukotrienes, which is what causes inflammation. Ginger can also help with mobility and circulation for older dogs.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle can help the liver  and protect against damage as well as  improves the liver function.  Milk thistle an important extract to use if your dog has been on any medicine that may affect the liver, which is most pharmaceutical medicines.

Licorice

Licorice an excellent anti-inflammatory for joint and allergy issues. Unlike veterinary corticosteroids, licorice enhances the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory abilities without compromising the immune system as steroids can. The glycyrrhizin found in licorice also makes it a useful adjunct to hydrocortisone therapy, often allowing for lower drug dosages. Since steroids often have debilitating side effects, licorice is the go-to herb for dogs taking corticosteroids and can even be used to wean dogs off steroids safely.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can bring a wonderful  cooling relief to fleabites and other irritations, reducing itching and scratching, minor burns and rashes. Mack sure to watch your pet and prevent them from licking it off for as long as possible to keep the aloe on the wound or itchy spot so it can be most effective

Cranberry Extract

If your pet has been diagnosed with recurrent bladder infections then cranberry extract is a great holistic way to help prevent them. Cranberry extract helps humans as well and will show great improvement in the frequency of your pet’s bladder infections. You can add  the cranberry powder straight  to food, or cranberry juice to the water, or give your pet a cranberry capsule. Ask your vet about proper dosages.

Comfrey

Comfrey has been know as a wonderful healing herb for a wide range of ailments – from pain to digestive issues to cancer. Its main healing effects come from allantoin, a natural substance  that helps with cell reproduction. these healing properties in comfrey can assist in delivering the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties that make it very helpful in managing joint pain.

Slippery Elm

This is a natural substance that is great if your pet is experiencing diarrhea or loose stools. It will even help for a stomach ache. You can easily incorporate this into your pet’s meal and it will give them the relief that they need and also want. It is also considered safe to use.

Valerian

Valerian along with  Poppy, skullcap, oat flower and passionflower, combined together or even any one of them singularly is a useful combination remedy for pets to help relax them during stressful events like thunderstorms or trips to the vet.

Neem Oil

Fleas and ticks also hate Neem Oil. It’s a natural insect repellent and it’s great for your pet’s itchy skin as well . I use this for my skin too! just use 3 or 4 drops on the skin every 2 weeks. Neem oil for pets can help with fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites and mange mites.

It promotes a strong immune system, healthy skin, a shiny, problem free coat, strong healthy teeth, all the signs of a radiantly healthy dog.

Pet owners who tried neem oil and neem products rave about the immediate, impressive effects of using  neem on the health of their pets.  Use it as a shampoo or make a dilution spray with the pure neem oil.

Chamomile

  Chamomile tea works wonders for minor skin irritations. Make a strong tea, put it in a spray bottle in the refrigerator, and apply it to your dog or cats raw skin irritation.  This should help to  bring quick relief!

Alfalfa

Alfalfa contains high amounts of protein and is considered a nutritive herb. Alfalfa is a very rich source of vitamins and trace minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, betacarotene, vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and K.

It is also high in chlorophyll. Its nutritional value makes alfalfa a commonly used dietary herb for pets.

Glucosamine

Even though Glucosamine is not an herb it is a natural treatment  that helps arthritis in cats and also dogs. This supplement will help them feel better and help give some fluid to their achy joints. Once you start your pet on this natural supplement, you will notice a difference. Also raw bones and especially chicken feet are a good source of glucosamine.  

There are many different holistic approaches you can take to help your pet feel better. Their health is just as important as yours. Holistic pet care is considered to be safe and provides an alternative to medicine in pets. Your pet will live a happy and healthy life if you follow a holistic plan.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are another wonderful holistic remedy for many conditions on pets.  Essential oils are a perfect solution for humans as well as our pets.  Use essential oils for cats, dogs, horses and any other living creature. There are certain oils that we can not use on certain animals, cats included, so please do be careful and learn the ins and outs.  When a dog  breathes in  an essential oil the aroma goes into his olfactory system to the limbic area of the brain, the part that is connected to emotion, instinct and regulation of the bodies systems, for instance the anti-inflammatory response. In the area of holistic medicine it is known that mind and body are one unit and the mind has a large influence on the health of the body.  These oils are a strong and powerful medicine so use them carefully.

For cats is a highly controversial topic but it really is an argument that comes down to the quality of the oils and purity factor. Tea Tree should not be used on cats, but there are many  other essential oils that are fine for cats, but if you are not sure then avoid them on cats.

Essential Oils Properties & Uses

German Chamomile:   Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use.
Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.

Roman Chamomile: Antispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming.
Good for soothing the central nervous system.
Effective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.
A “must-have” oil for dogs!

Cedarwood : Antiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating, good for flea infestations as well.
Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types.
Eucalyptus: Radiata Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant.
Good for relief of chest congestion.
Effective in repelling flea.


Geranium:
   Gentle and safe, antifungal.
Good for skin irritations, fungal ear infections.
Effective in repelling ticks.

Ginger:  Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted.
Good for motion sickness, aids digestion.
Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.

Helichrysum:  Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic.
Excellent for skin conditions and irritations (e.g. eczema).
Effective for healing of scars and bruises.
Effective for pain relief.

Lavender:  Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming.
Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid.
A “must-have” oil for your dog!

Peppermint:  Antispamodic, stimulates circulation, insect-repelling.
Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains.
Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness.
Another “must-have” for dogs!

Valerian:  Nerve-calming
Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.

Exercise

Last but not least of a Holistic program for pets is of course a good exercise routine.  Exercise is necessary  for every human and also for pets, and is part of healthy pet care. It is essential that your pet get enough exercise throughout the day to help maintain their weight and also prevent arthritis. Talking your dog on a simple walk with you will help get them and also you the exercise that you both need.

Filtered Water

Please give your pets the same water you yourself would drink.  Make sure it is chlorine and fluoride free.  Get a water filter for your outside faucet if you give them water from the outside hose.  Our pets need good water!

Minimal Vaccinations

Please do not over vaccinate your pets!   Vaccines can cause serious side-effects that are often not noticed or recognized by conventional Veterinarians.  A holistic Pet Care protocol suggests giving only the core vaccines if any at all.  Please consult with your Holistic Vet for more information on this topic.

No one can give you 100% guarantee that your puppy or kitten will not get infected with or without vaccines.

Healthy food, fresh water,  natural raw food diet, the right amount of exercise and low stress level is the best disease prevention.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a great holistic method for your pet and will help to relax them. Acupuncture is known to help pets walk better and also recover after surgery. Regular acupuncture treatment for different chronic problems will benefit your pet in the long run.

How To Get Started on Holistic Pet Care?

Please stop using  unnatural chemicals on your pets!  If you feel you need flea control or other products use holistic, natural products. If there is any products we don't carry that you are looking for please go to these companies for wonderful holistic products: Natural Wonder Products- Or The Pet Health and Nutrition Center Two companies we promote.

The easiest and fastest way to start your new puppy or kitten on a Holistic Health regimen is to follow a simple holistic health program, and change a little at a time.  Here at Holistic Pet Care LLC  we provide options  for people who want to learn more about changing the paradigm around the why we are conditioned  by the pet industry and  modern Veterinarian practices to care for our pets.

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