Wednesday, February 02, 2011
medicine is considering the whole animal—their physical, emotional and other
aspects of life. Holistic medicine
considers nutrition—the building blocks of the body—and environment as
inseparable from the pet when you consider their health. For example, if a dog eats low quality
food his whole life, he could definitely get over—or underweight, poor coat and
immune system, skin infections, and miss out on crucial vitamins and
minerals. If an animal is outside
in the extreme cold, this is taxing to its warmth, vitality and immune
system. These are just examples,
but demonstrate how holistic considerations can make a big impact on health and
medical issues arise, looking at every aspect of an individual allows the best
chance for resolving the condition satisfactorily—meaning safely with minimal
side effects, and in a way that minimizes chance for reoccurrence. The reason I practice holistic medicine
is because I was tired of seeing pet guardians get charged the same charges and
get the same prescription repeatedly for conditions that could be resolved
completely if the diet was changed.
A classic example of this is chronic recurrent ear infections.
choose to use acupuncture and herbal medicine as my main forms of therapy
because I want to “above all else, do NO harm—“ to the pet, the earth, and each
other. My practice has been as
green and sustainable, non-toxic and natural as possible since 2002.
Physical: foods appropriate for age, activity,
breed, size, cycle, medical conditions
Ex: diabetes, kidney disease,
crystals/stones, large breeds, anti-inflammatory, warming and cooling foods
Mental: sporting breeds, working dogs, giving
pets “jobs” and mental exercise
Emotional: ability to play, exercise, groom,
interact peacefully, nose work
Social: early socialization, ability to meet
and interact safely with others of their own kind
Genetics: what are the breed predispositions—can
anything be done to offset the likelihood of a condition occurring in your pet?
Environmental: is there too much stimulation
around? Too much noise? Stray cats in the yard? Allergens?
Spiritual: does your pet have a purpose? Doe he get a chance to fulfill
that? Have you ever thought about