Holistic health care alternatives to traditional medicine were always present. Nowadays, they are available for dogs, as well. Even conventional veterinarians, sometimes, suggest holistic treatments together with regular pet care. Those techniques are especially helpful for pain relief, stress and anxiety disorder, and injuries. In this article, we will show you how holistic health care can help your dog increase overall wellness.
Holistic Care for Dogs
All of the body’s systems are related to the nervous system. Chiropractic is excellent since it provides the connection between the nervous system and the biomechanics of the vertebrae. It is the so-called “manual manipulation” created to improve health. However, make sure your veterinarian or chiropractor uses techniques suitable for dogs. When the therapy is done in the right way, your dog will start feeling less pain, the same as humans.
The goal of homeopathy is to jumpstart the body’s healing response with diluted substances. Those substances’ purpose is to cause the same symptoms your dog is suffering from. After that, their body will respond to it and treat itself. For example, your dog might suffer from diarrhea. You can give him a small amount of a substance that also causes diarrhea. Sooner or later, his body should start treating itself.
Holistic CBD Treatments
CBD is quickly becoming a substitute for different medications. Many pet owners are delighted with the effects of CBD on their pets. However, some people still make a mistake with the understanding of CBD. They think it is the same as marijuana, but it is not. It is THC that produces the feeling of high in cannabis, not CBD. Also, because of THC, people feel euphoria when consuming marijuana. On the other hand, CBD is the opposite. It has various health benefits (to dogs as well), and its products are derived from hemp, which does contain THC.
Acupuncture is an old Chinese therapy technique. It seems quite simple – thin needles are inserted into the body at points where nerves and blood vessels come together. This technique also helps your body to heal itself, but this time, it stimulates the correction of energy imbalances. Acupuncture can be beneficial for your dog, especially for blood circulation and pain relief. However, don’t do anything before talking to your veterinarian.
Same as acupuncture, acupressure is also related to traditional Chinese therapies and medicine. First of all, it helps improve overall well-being and health. Besides that, it is beneficial in treating injuries and anxiety. When using acupressure points (according to traditional Chinese medicine), you will re-establish the balance of the blood flow. As a result, the body will start to heal itself. This method is gentle and suitable for an anxious dog.
Massage has many healing and calming benefits. Its primary role is to relax muscles. However, it also improves blood flow and oxygenation, reduces pain, anxiety, and stress, strengthens the immune system, and decreases blood pressure. Besides those multiple benefits, your dog will, most likely, enjoy getting a massage. Take your dog to a professional animal massage therapist, and give him a well-deserved treatment. You can also try to learn this technique and do it yourself.
Herbal Treatments and Nutritional Supplements
Different diseases require different treatments. Therefore, depending on your dog’s illness, you can use suitable herbal therapies to treat each ailment. Some plants are better for pain relief, whereas some, such as alfalfa, are good for allergies and arthritis. On the other hand, nutritional supplements are there to supply the dog’s body with extra vitamins, minerals, and acids. However, be very careful since some herbs can interfere with other medications and supplements. Always consult with your veterinarian.
Calming scents, such as lemon or lavender essential oils, can be helpful to both humans and dogs. It can even change the way your brain functions. For dogs, the therapeutic use of essentials oils can help with different anxieties caused by fireworks, thunder, or traveling. The effect itself is similar to humans – while breathing pleasant scents, they will soon become more relaxed and relieved from their anxieties. However, before you decide to start with aromatherapy for your dog, talk to your veterinarian. Some scents can be too intense for dogs.
All these techniques can be beneficial in different situations. But as we mentioned, always talk to your veterinarian before you decide on therapy for your dog. All these methods are valuable, but it is still better to speak to professionals to know which is the best to use for your dog’s particular situation.
“Holistic Treatments Can Help Your Dog Increase Overall Wellness”
Guest Writer: Kurtis Wilcox / Blogger, Journalist
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