March 13, 2014

5 Herbs for a Pet Detox

Filed under: Cat Disease,Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care,Pet Health — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 9:50 pm

herbs-for-pet-detoxDogs and cats are more susceptible to damage from everyday toxins in the environment and in their diets because their bodies are typically small. It is important to take preventative measures, so that your pet does not experience long-term health issues.  As a pet owner, two of the best preventative measures you can take to keep your furry friend healthy are to limit their exposures to toxins and to help their bodies detox. The best way to help your pets detox is through natural therapies, such as dietary supplementation. Below you will find my top 5 picks for dietary supplements that will help you furry friend detox.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a miraculous herb that helps detoxify the liver.  It helps the liver to break down environmental toxins as well as toxins and chemicals in foods, like preservatives and pesticides. Milk thistle also prevents toxins from entering the cell walls in the liver, further helping prevent conditions like liver failure. Milk thistle  is an excellent herb for you to administer to your pet, in order to take precaution against liver disease.

Vitamins C & E

Both Vitamin C and Vitamin E are powerful antioxidants. The help eliminate free radicals in your pet’s body and boost the immune system. Having a strong immune system will help your cat and dog’s body eliminate toxins. Moreover, both vitamins can also help support the treatment of infections, skin problems, bowel problems, cancer,  and gum disease.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is another potent antioxidant that helps the body eliminate free radicals and boost the immune system. As a result, green tea extract can help support the liver in it’s initiatives to rid the body of toxins.

Zinc

Zinc is a necessary mineral in your pet’s diet. Zinc helps the liver with detoxification by supporting the liver production of enzymes that are used to detoxify the body.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a very powerful, yet gentle liver stimulant. It triggers the liver to produce bile, which in turn helps to remove waste in the digestive system.

Helping your pet detoxify their body is essential to good health. Don’t wait until it is too late and your pet develops a chronic illness. Start to practice detoxification on a monthly basis to help prevent toxin-related illness in the future. When choosing any dietary supplement to support your cat or dog’s health, it is very important that you consult with a holistic veterinarian first.

March 6, 2014

How to Naturally Treat Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 11:21 pm

arthritis-dogs-catsThe jumping, running, and strain on the joints builds up during the duration of a pet’s life and can end result in arthritis, just like it can in a human. Arthritis can be a painful condition for our pets, so it is important to recognize the symptoms and natural remedies that can help treat and prevent arthritis in pets.

Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Symptoms of arthritis in cats and dogs are very similar. They may include any of the following:

• Slowed movement
• Lameness
• Pain
• Stiffness
• Reluctant to move around

If you notice any of the symptoms of arthritis in your dog or cat, it’s important that you address the symptom by treating it right away.

Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Conventional treatment to treat arthritis in your dog or cat can range from anti-inflammatory medications like acetaminophen and aspirin. Cats have difficult time being treated with these medications. Overall, prescription medication can have long-term negative effects on cats and dogs.
The good news is that there is a way to treat and prevent arthritis through a natural approach. A few approaches include the following:

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Dogs and Cats

Some of the most common herbs to treat arthritis in dogs and cats include Devil’s Claw, Ashwagandha, Bosweillia, and Turmeric. Devil’s claw and Bosweillia help reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness, whereas Ashwagandha helps reduce stress in the body. Turmeric is an all-star herb. It has very strong anti-inflammatory effects, but is also a strong antioxidant that can help prevent many other diseases.

Supplements for Dogs and Cats with Arthritis

Excellent preventatives supplement, and handy for mild cases of arthritis, are Vitamin C and E. Both of these vitamins provide anti-inflammatory properties in the body. Glucosamine is also a popular supplement, even with pet owners, for treating arthritis. Glucosamine enhances the cartilage between joints.

You should begin to taking care of your pet’s joint health starting at a young age. This will allow you to help prevent the negative effects of arthritis from harming your furry companion’s quality life.

January 29, 2014

5 Ways Get Rid of Pet Odors Naturally

Filed under: Cats,Dog Skin Problems,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 12:36 am

get-rid-of-pet-odors-naturallyPet odors – we have all been there. Walking in and out of your house and noticing a lingering stench in the air. Of course it is natural for our pets to have a scent of their own, but it should not be a strong or unwanted smell. If you notice that your dog or cat has an unpleasant lingering smell, then you may want to consider the following:

1. Get Your Furry Friend Checked Out

Strong, unpleasant odor from your cat or dog is not normal. There could be some underlying health issues that needs to be looked at, like a yeast infection or oily skin. It is best to get a full assessment to find the source of the smell, and accordingly get rid of pet odor.

2. Consider Your Pet’s Diet

Poor nutrition can be a trigger for smelly odors. Nutrition can also lead to allergic reactions and an unhealthy coat. A quality diet for a pet should be specific to their species. A general rule of thumb is that a diet should include:

  • High quality meat
  • Human grade animal proteins
  • No allergenic ingredients (i.e. wheat, corn, soy)

3. Make Your Own Shampoo

Many commercial products contain nasty industrial chemicals. This is not true for just pets, but also for you! It is very easy, and a better option, for you to bathe your furry friend with a natural shampoo. To ensure that a shampoo is completely natural, ensure you read the label. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient – chances are that it is not 100% natural.

4. Neem Oil

Neem is a tree and its leaves have many medicinal benefits. Neem leaves are an:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral

The neem leaves also act as a natural insecticide and antioxidant.

With all of the amazing things that neem can do, it is very helpful as a skin aid. It can treat allergies, itchy skin, excessive shedding, and of course aid in eliminating nasty odor. Just keep in mind that neem should not be used with cats.

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda is an amazing product that everyone should have in their kitchen cabinets. By just sprinkling baking soda over your carpet, couches, or whatever fabric surface you’d like – it will eliminate odor. Let the baking soda sit over the surface for a few hours, allowing it to absorb odors, and then vacuum it up.

April 9, 2013

Natural Pet: Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Bach Flower Remedies, and Homeopathy

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Naturopathy:

Natural Pet - Holistic PetNaturopathic practitioners do not believe in the use of drugs and surgery, but instead believe in a drugless system of therapies. Such therapies may include using the forces of light, water, heat and massage. Specifically, naturopathic treatments can include:

  • Fasting
  • Hot/cold treatments
  • Exercising
  • Sun bathing
  • Good hygiene
  • A nutritious diet
  • Supplements
  • Vitamins and minerals

 

Many naturopathic practitioners use natural homeopathic drugs. However, there are some who feel that homeopathic remedies are considered drugs, and therefore don’t use them in their treatment regimes.

For more information on naturopathy and certified animal naturopaths visit the American Council of Animal Naturopathy.

Herbal Medicine:

The focus of herbal medicine is to use specific herbal leaves, roots, and flowers to heal one back to health. With a drug store around the corner, you may find the idea of using plants as medicine ridiculous, but there is a long history of people using herbs to help heal their ailments. Even animals seek specific leaves, roots, and flowers to treat themselves back to health.

The concept behind herbal medicine is that plants are living and therefore have energy. This energy helps the body to detoxify, provides the body nutrients, and aids the body in functioning normally. Whereas synthetic drugs, although able to have an effect on the body, do not contain the same energy as a herbal remedy.

Examples of herbal medicine are:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Astragalus
  • Chamomile
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Milk Thistle
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Valerian
  • Crystal Start

Herbal remedies are typically given in large quantities many times throughout the day. This makes it difficult to directly administer to pets, so using capsules or hiding a remedy in your pet’s food might be necessary. Herbal medicine can be also be paired with naturopathic treatments.

It is also wise to note that herbal remedies are medicinal, and if improperly used can have dangerous effects. Consult a veterinarian before administering herbal medicine to your pet.

Bach Flower Remedies:

Bach flower remedies are an interesting holistic treatment because the therapy focuses on treating emotional stress rather than physical body illnesses.

Flower remedies are diluted infusions of flowers and tree buds. There are thirty-eight Bach remedies, with each corresponding to a different mental condition or personality type. Flower remedies can be combined with each other to address different emotional conditions such as fear, uncertainty, lack of interest, despair, loneliness, oversensitivity, and over concern.

Although it is hard to know exactly how a pet is feeling, veterinarians are able to choose the best flower remedy by predicting an animal’s emotions, based on the emotions that occur with different medical illnesses.

Some of the remedies include:

  • Aspen
  • Beech
  • Centaury
  • Chicroy
  • Honeysuckle
  • Mustard
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Willow

You can add a few drops of a flower remedy into your pet’s water or you can put 1-2 drops directly into their mouth. Flower remedies are not medicine but rather just a type of therapy. The remedies are safe to use with other treatments.

For flower remedy success stories in animals visit The Original Back Flower Remedies.

Homeopathy:

Dr. Loridawn Gordon has discussed homeopathy earlier in this blog, but I will touch upon it once again since it is one of the most popular holistic treatments.

Homeopathy was founded on one basic unifying principle: “Like is cured by like” (aka: The Law of Similars). This means that the treatment found in homeopathy, uses medicine that is known to cause similar symptoms to what an individual already has. Sounds bizarre, right? Well, the miracle in homeopathy is that the medicine used actually triggers a reaction that allows the body to heal itself.

What is even more interesting is that instead of providing a remedy for each symptom that one shows (i.e. headache, fever, congestion, coughing, body pain), just one remedy is used for a whole set of symptoms.

Homeopathic remedies are made from diluted herbs, minerals, and animal products (I’m talking about animal toxins, not animal parts). The more diluted the remedy is, the stronger it actually becomes… again, I know it sounds bizarre, but it’s true!

Since only one remedy is provided to an individual, a doctor has to consider their patient’s unique physical, mental, and emotional health; or in other words, the patient’s whole health. Homeopaths treat a person or animal in their entirety, not just for the problems that they display.

Homeopathic treatment can be paired with naturopathic and nutritional therapies. However, it should not be used with acupuncture or Chinese medicine because they are too similar and may interfere with each other.

Common issues that are treated with homeopathy in pets are:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diarrhea
  • Gingivitis
  • Immune system disorders
  • Kennel cough
  • Kidney disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Urinary disorders

 

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April 1, 2013

Natural Pet: Acupuncture and Chiropractic Therapy

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Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a method that has been used for more than 4000 years in Asian cultures. The traditional theory behind acupuncture is that there is a fundamental energy in the body, Chi, which exists as Yin and Yang. Yin represents disruptive, disturbing, expanded, and negative changes; while Yang represents constructive, focusing, contracted, and positive changes.
Our Chi follows a pathway that is marked by the location of specific acupuncture points, which contain nerves and blood vessels. A skilled therapist will correct the balance of your Chi (Yin and Yang) by inserting needles onto the acupuncture points. Sound scary? Well, word on the street is that you don’t feel a thing! The insertion of needles is said to release endorphins that will decrease pain, stimulate the immune system, dilate blood vessels, and redirect energy.

Techniques of redirecting energy through points in the body may be accomplished through the use of needles (acupuncture), finger pressure (acupressure/shiatsu), the burning of mugwort near body points (moxibuston), and electric stimulation (electro-acupuncture).

Natural Pet-chriporactic-acupunctureAcupuncture is used to help the following conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Esophageal disorders
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Heart disorders
  • Immune stimulation
  • Inflammation
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Respiratory disorders

 

Possible complications of acupuncture may include: puncturing a vital organ if the incorrect needle is used, infection at the site where a needle had been inserted, surgery if a needle breaks (due to a patient moving during treatment), and mild sedation in pets who need to relax for treatment. This might make you hesitate about the treatment, but the chances of them occurring are slim.

An acupuncturist may recommend that your pet take supplements to aid in their treatment. This is fine, but it’s best not to combine acupuncture with other holistic methods, especially homeopathy, because the treatments may interfere with each other.

In order to find a reputable acupuncturist for your pet, look for a vet who is registered through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society or the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA).

For stories about how pets have benefited from acupuncture visit Animal Wellness Center.

Chiropractic Therapy:

Chiropractors view disease as the misalignment or abnormality of the spine that interfere with nervous system (nerve impulses and blood circulation), and the normal flow of energy that creates life (known as the Chi in acupuncture). The central theory behind chiropractic therapy is that vertebral misalignments, big and small, can block the essential flow of energy through the spinal column. The misalignments put pressure onto the nerves that surround the spine and cause the spinal nerves to become inflamed (known as sublaxation). Sublaxation has the ability to affect body organs that are associated with specific nerves, and as a result impact body functions.

Chiropractic treatment involves the careful manipulation of the vertebrae to realign the spine, while focusing on the interaction between the biomechanics of the spine and mechanisms of the nervous system. Chiropractic therapy can be paired with other treatments.

Since this form of therapy has to do with the spine, a vital part of your and your pet’s everyday life, only veterinarians accredited in chiropractic treatment or chiropractors should perform direct chiropractic therapies on you and your pet.

To find a certified chiropractic practitioner visit the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association . For chiropractic success stories in pets visit Options for Animals.

Stay tuned for next week when I will explore naturopathy, herbal medicine, Bach flower remedies, and homeopathy.

 

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March 25, 2013

The Most Popular Natural Pet Treatments

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Natural Pet

The word “holistic” is often used interchangeably with homeopathy, naturopathy, natural healing, and herbal remedies. While it is not wrong to refer to these treatments as “holistic,” the treatments don’t accurately define what holistic means.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary holistic is defined as:

“Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.”

While according to Dictionary.com, holistic means:

“Identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involved nutritional measures.”

Putting these definitions together and combining them with my existing knowledge, holistic means to look at one’s health as an entire system and to not treat one’s health with artificial treatments (i.e. synthetic drugs). It’s all about creating balance with one’s physical, mental, and emotional health, because an imbalance between these factors is what creates disease.

Stemming from these definitions, “holistic” cannot be considered as just homeopathy or as just herbal remedies. Rather, “holistic” encompasses many treatments that attempt to restore physical, mental, and emotional balance without the use of allopathic medicine.

Over the next two weeks I will describe the most popular holistic pet treatments to you. They are as follows:

• Acupuncture
• Chiropractic Therapy
• Naturopathy
• Herbal Medicine
• Bach Flower Remedies
• Homeopathy

 

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February 12, 2013

“Your Dog is Not Sick – But is Your Dog Healthy?”

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As pet owners, we wonder if we are doing the best we can for our dog’s health. We love them, give them our attention, take them for walks, feed them, and take them to the vet when they are sick. But are they healthy? So many factors affect their health – diet, exercise, exposure to toxins, vaccinations, and emotions.

Dog Health

The idea of preventative medicine is to put us in a higher state of health. As you ponder whether your pet is getting the benefit of a full and healthy lifestyle, you should ask yourself if they are eating well.

Even the best commercial pet foods are highly processed. They contain cheap protein sources, and during the cooking process much of the nutritional value is destroyed. As a holistic vet, I do recommend a natural diet. But unfortunately, the convenience of packaged commercial products, combined with persuasive advertising, means that these products become a staple to our pets. As a result, North American pets continue to eat overly processed foods, and so it’s necessary to supplement nutrients into their diets.

If your pet is eating a healthy diet, there is little need for supplements. However, there are a few that I recommend for dog’s health.

Salmon oil is one supplement I highly recommend for your dog’s diet. It can be fed to them orally, and is loaded with valuable omega-3 fatty acids. They benefit dogs by supporting healthy:

Cognitive function: supports brain development in younger dogs and aids in sharper brain functioning in older dogs
Skin and coat: lubricates the skin and helps create a shiny coat
Joints: helps ward off arthritis
Organs: supports heart health, in particular

There are virtually no side effects to salmon oil in dogs. Dogs process oils differently than humans do, and it will not cause weight gain.

Just as your dog will enjoy the salmon oil, they will also likely lap up my next suggestion. I recommend that your pet gets supplemental probiotics to aid in digestion. One simple way to get probiotics into your dogs diet is to add yogurt. I recommend you check the label and find a plain white yogurt which contains Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus (not fruit flavored or vanilla yogurt). While people generally don’t like the taste of plain white yogurt, and prefer to jazz it up with other fruit, this is not the case with most dogs. Dogs seem to really enjoy the taste of plain yogurt.

A little goes a long way with yogurt for dogs. I recommend that you just coat your dog’s food with it. Below is a quick chart to refer to for yogurt consumption:

Small dog – 1 tablespoon
Medium dog – 2 tablespoons
Large dog – 3 tablespoons

I recommend salmon oil and probiotics so as to enhance your pet’s overall health and performance. If you are not convinced, do ask your local veterinarian.

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February 5, 2013

Natural Way to Pet Wellness

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Pet wellnessYour pet is very much a part of the family just like your significant other, parents, and siblings. Just like you care about your family’s health and wellness, you are going to care about the health and wellness of your pet. To ensure that your pet is reaching his/her maximum health potential, you must keep track of their physical, mental, and environmental well being.

Physical Health

Exercising is just one of the many ways to create maximum wellness for your pet. Whether it is going out to the park, or going for a run with your dog, your pet deserves to get out and have fun. When your dog is exercising regularly, you will notice that he/she will have a more positive attitude. Although cats are known to be more independent, they also need exercise. Take your cat out and he/she will love you for it!

In addition to exercising, your pet’s diet is just as important. Read up on what you feed your pet. Ask yourself: “Are the big brand named pet foods really going to benefit my pet’s health?” Mass produced pet foods lack in vitamins and nutrition for your pet. Become aware on what nutrients are in your pet’s food, and consider reading up on the benefits of natural pet foods and natural pet supplements. This will ensure that you are well informed on making the best of your furry friend’s health.

Environmental Health

The saying, “Home sweet home,” applies to your pet as much as it applies to yourself. Give your pet a specific area that they can call their own. Create a space for them in which they can rest, stretch, and relax. This can be done by simply laying out a soft blanket or bed in your living room, just for your pet. The both of you value your space at home, so keep it clean. Vacuum your home regularly, or often if your pet sheds, to help reduce ticks and fleas from taking over your house. Keep your floors clean and clear of cluttering objects. When cleaning, try to use natural products in order to avoid excessive toxic chemicals. Perhaps opt for cleaning products with a lavender scent; dogs and cats love the smell of lavender. Remember, your home is your pet’s home too!

Mental Health

The mental health of your pet is vital. It not only affects your pet but it also affects you. Find ways to keep your home stress free. Creating a stress free environment may include having a clean and clutter free home, or it may consist of establishing routines so you don’t get bogged down with household chores.

Keep track of your pet’s moods. If you have a dog, you may have to work harder in ensuring a healthy mental attitude. Dogs are more prone to get depressed and anxious when left alone. Being sociable animals, dogs may become overly dependent on you and your attention. When dealing with anxiety in your dog, it is important to keep a calm environment. Teach your dog how to remain calm and reward them when they show a calm response and attitude. A great way to teach your dog to remain calm is to walk in and out of a room where your dog is, preferably with a door that you can open and shut. Gradually increase the duration that you spend outside of the room. Another way to teach your dog how to remain calm is to turn your back and ignore him/her when they get excited. Remember, keep calm and reward calm.

As for cat owners, well, you can relax a bit. Cats, as many of us know, are more independent and prefer to be alone. However, this is not true for all cats. If your cat does not prefer to be alone, make sure someone is home or nearby if you happen to be away. It is a good option to have friends or family members that can pet-sit.

Owning a pet and looking over their well-being is more than just exercising and ensuring for a healthy diet, it is also about living well. When you take care of yourself and are happy, your pet will feel secure. When you take care of your pet and they are happy, he/she will take care of you.

 

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March 3, 2012

Naturopathic Health Series Part 3: Natural Cures for Pets

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natural pet curesOur Wellness Mantra

The golden rule at 1st Pet Naturals is to seek wellness from within.

Instead of using a pill to ‘treat’ the disease, we honor the body’s innate ability to heal. That is, to heal fully, and completely.

To achieve vitality, especially in increasingly unhealthy environments, owners should be knowledgeable and ask questions in regards to their pets. After all, you wouldn’t let other people make health care decisions about yourself blindly, so why would you let them influence decisions about your pet?

Ultimately achieving health is an active, two-way process. And no one knows your pet better than you do. An active owner usually has a healthy pet.

Dealing with disease should not be looked at in terms of alleviating symptoms only. Instead should be examined in terms of an imbalance within the entire system. Symptoms can be seen amongst holistic health practitioners as elements of healing, and it is important to understand what they signify in terms of the bigger picture. We’re concerned with the full-spectrum view of the animal body rather than a thin biological slice.

 

The Way Towards Naturopathic Health

With the proper knowledge, radiant, beautiful health is just around the corner. It’s my job to help you get there.

Myself and my team have compiled a some general advice regarding the three commonly-accepted primary tenets to 100% natural pet health .

Physical (Nutritional) Health

Look for pet food with real ingredients, not highly processed food.

Cats are natural carnivores. Dogs are carnivorous scavengers. If they are eating mainly vegetable (meal) they are consuming in opposition to their established diets. Dogs can survive on vegetables if they can, but it’s not best.

With the right nutrition, dogs can withstand parasites, viruses, bacteria and the environment.

 

Emotional Health

Pets, like our children, are very intuitive.

They feel your emotion – if you’re happy, they’re happy; if you’re angry, they become upset.

If you continually take out your emotions on your pet, they may experience some mental issues in the form of anxiety, suppression, depression, grief and abandonment.

Mental Health

For many animals, the evolutionary state they are used to is one of engagement with nature.

Dogs, for example, are used to running, hunting, and operating in a pack mentality. They need jobs, so the regular involvement of these faculties will be an important contributing factor to good mental health, which contributes to overall health.

This applies to other animals as well. Introducing your animal to another animal companion, or just changing the environment slightly to be less stressful can have a huge impact.

 

That concludes our 3 part series on holistic pet health. Thanks for reading, and I hope that you have a better appreciation for my passion when it comes to animal health.

 

Dr. Loridawn Gordon

 

February 28, 2012

Naturopathic Health Series Part 2: Herbs vs Pills

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Early Criticisms of Naturopathic Health Practitioners

When science got to the point where it could explicitly demonstrate how and why the medicine it offered would work (and was working) the public began to understandably adopt a cynical view towards anyone claiming to have any cure which did not fit within the accepted testimony of the scientific enterprise.

Many of these herbal remedies were more than effective, but the research simply wasn’t there to back it up.

At least not back then.

Nowadays, the side effects experienced from pharmaceutical-grade pills have people searching for organic alternatives for both them and their pets.

In some cases, the side effects of one drug requires, itself, another prescription drug, leading humans and animals further and further from a state anywhere close to natural. People have begun to (once again) recognize that in some instances supplementing the body’s healing capacities is a much better decision than introducing a foreign element in the form of a pill.

The Science of Nature

More and more research has come out revealing the potency of naturally treating different ailments. Anecdotal testimony has given way to proper scientific testing, and the best of both worlds (Rx and Holistic) is now beginning to show itself in our modern veterinary medicine.
Holistic Pet Care
One can go to school to learn the intricacies of traditional medicine, or one can go to school to learn the intricacies of naturopathic medicine.

Both are seen as two legitimate sides to the same body of wellness.

People and their pets are beginning to look at heath and healing in terms of more than just the observable processes in the body. Things like exercise, proper sleep, and social interaction are now all considered vital components to proper health in addition to appropriate nutrition.

The workable elements of traditional medicine have now combined with those of the naturopathic for many people.

In other words, the two perspectives are no longer mutually exclusive; they are mutually advantageous.

In the next blog we’ll take an in-depth look at our personal philosophy of natural pet health and how you can use it to achieve the utmost vitality for your animal companion.

Stay tuned for part 3, Natural Cures for Pets.

 

Dr. Loridawn Gordon

 

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.