Holistic Therapies for Pets - Part 2 By Caley Morris
Like us, pets can benefit from holistic remedies that heal the body as a whole.
In part one of this article, we looked at flower remedies and homeopathy. Here are some other options that you may want to ask your vet and holistic therapist about. They can be used in conjunction with veterinary care.
Using essential oils, aromatherapy helps both the emotional and physical health of an individual. Emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, fear and grief. Physical problems such as aches and pains, digestive disorders, fur and skin conditions, arthritis and more. Some applications are massage oils, compresses, sprays, lotions, shampoos, conditioners and salves.
Although the basic principles used on people are the same with animals, the dilution would be very different for a horse, dog or cat. Some essential oils are toxic to pets. To ensure the correct amount and grade, use a professional.
Be mindful that some essential oils can antidote some homeopathic remedies.
Aiding in the treatment of disorders of the nerves, muscles and organs, chiropractic is based on diagnosis and manipulative treatment of the musculoskeletal system, especially along the spinal column.
It is helpful for pets of any age who experience chronic or acute pain or discomfort due to misalignment. Some symptoms may be yelping in pain after a sudden movement (without other symptoms); resistance to being picked up; muscle spasms; and trouble standing, lying down or jumping. By relieving the physical pain and discomfort it, in turn, helps their mental and emotional wellbeing.
A key component of traditional Chinese medicine is acupuncture, with the theory that there are patterns or pathways (meridians) of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential in keeping the body healthy and the disruption of its flow is responsible for a disease. Acupuncture uses points close to the skin to correct those imbalances by penetrating the skin using thin needles which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
It is used for many conditions including pain management, relaxation of muscles, improving tissue blood flow, oxygenation and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins. It is sometimes used to help with the side-effects of conventional medicines, like chemotherapy.
More and more people are turning to these types of therapies for themselves and their pets, whether they have exhausted Western medicine options, are looking for supplementary care, or are simply curious.