A Holistic Pet Wellness Approach

August 26, 2014 at 4:15 am | Posted in Aromatherapy | Leave a comment
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In case you haven’t yet noticed, there is a quiet evolution occurring in pet care that mirrors the evolution in people care. People are becoming more mindful of alternative options to maintain wellness, avoid illness, and treat disease if it does develop. Pet owners are discovering that, in addition to relying upon their veterinarians for preventive and medical care, new, additional options for creating wellness and supporting health are emerging for their pets, just as they are for themselves.Dog & Cat Together for FB May 9 2016 Pet practitioners are all around us. You may not have yet embraced them as part of your pet’s health team. But, if you consider that each in some way supports our understanding of our pets, and our ability to create the most supportive and healthful possible environment for them, then you may begin to identify them as important components of your pet’s path to maximum wellness.
Just who are some of these practitioners, and why should pet owners know about them? There are trainers, communicators, aromatherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, exercise and physical therapists, herbalists, psychologists, behaviorists, and combinations thereof. They offer an array of holistic approaches that go beyond what has been available to our pets in the past, often combining available holistic techniques.
Let’s take the example of aromatherapy, in order to discover the value of the holistic approach. There are now safe, proven botanically based products that may be used in place of, or in addition to, medicines currently on the market. A few veterinarians are beginning to discover and embrace these alternatives to synthetic chemicals. Many other practitioners routinely integrate essential oils into their work, along with other modalities. Essential oils offer a wide range of therapeutic actions which benefit people and pets. Some oils are distasteful to fleas, ticks, and flies. Some help calm the skin or soothe the digestive tract. Others reduce inflammation and discomfort. Some kill viruses or bacteria. Some support the immune system or specific organs. The benefits of the oils go on and on. Botanicals have been used since ancient times to treat diseases, promote wellness, enhance comfort, for cosmetic purposes, in perfumery, and to restore emotional and psychological balance.
Perhaps most importantly, these natural products, used judiciously, may help to prevent disease before it occurs. They can help our pets adapt to, and be more comfortable in, our complex and demanding society. By helping them to adapt, our pets can avoid stress which might lead to disease (dis-ease) . From that perspective, the pet owner has an opportunity to be the preventive “moving force” in the pet’s life.
When a dog is behaving uneasily, applying a properly prepared blend of botanicals which allay fear and induce relaxation is just the ticket. Unlike traditional medicine’s “magic bullet” approach, in which results are expected to be instantaneous, using the oils in this manner allows for owner participation and interaction. As the owner applies the oils through gentle massage each day, the dog becomes more relaxed, more outgoing, and happier overall. The human-canine bond is strengthened, and a more satisfying relationship results. Because the dog is happy and relaxed, he or she is less pre-disposed to illness.
It is important to note that with aromatherapy, as in any other alternative therapy, there is a body of experience and knowledge supporting the safe and effective manner of application. Some species (e.g. cats) respond badly to essential oils, but not to the by-product of the distillation process – hydrosols. Each species tolerates and responds most positively to specific dilution percentages. Some oils are safe for some species and not for others. It is important to do in-depth research, or work with someone who has, when applying any alternative care.
Our pets add so much to our lives. We live in a time of expanding awareness of the many ways in which we can enhance their lives and support our special relationship with them. By taking a journey into a more holistic approach, you and your pet can only benefit from the amazing and ever-expanding array of alternatives available to us all.


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