If it Works for Humans…

March 10, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Disease & Wellness

As more people are seeking a natural approach to their own health, it is no surprise that many are doing the same for their dogs.

Holistic care looks at the whole dog on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. It is thought that most illness and disease is a result of unresolved emotional issues. Just as Einstein believed all life was made of energy, holistic care focuses on healing your dog’s body and its energy system.

While holistic care is not meant to replace veterinary care, it can be a wonderful addition to it. While most dog owners are familiar with acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments, there are a number of simple and affordable methods that you may not be aware of.

Nutrition is vital to your dog’s health. Many people do not realize an improper diet can result in health issues such as allergies and behavioral problems such as separation anxiety. Supplements can also be supportive. MSM and glucosamine are frequently used for mobility issues, often reducing or eliminating the need for pain relief. Kinesiology, also called muscle testing, is a way to determine what food and supplements are best for your dog.

Canine massage can provide relaxation, relief from muscle soreness and comfort for dogs with arthritis and hip dysplasia. It is beneficial for performance, aging, and less active dogs.

Homeopathy is a method known for treating the cause of the condition, not just the symptoms. For the dog owner, homeopathic remedies are best used to resolve acute conditions like diarrhea, vomiting and insect bite or vaccination reactions.

Animal communication is something everyone can do; it is just a matter of awakening the intuitive abilities inside of you. By talking to your dog, you can find out how they are feeling, why they are acting a certain way, help resolve behavioral problems and develop a stronger relationship.

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that is offered in hospitals such as MD Anderson. It can have amazing results in calming your dog, helping with illness and discomfort, and providing comfort to both of you when it is time for them to pass on.

Holistic care can help your dog live a happier, healthier and longer life. When you take the time to connect with your dog’s body, mind and spirit, you can also experience a deeper bond like never before. And through this journey, you can profoundly affect your own life, too.

Kim Shotola has worked with animals at the Houston Zoo for over 17 years. She has been a supervisor for 14 years, helping manage the care of over 1,000 domestic, livestock, wildlife and exotic animals in the Children’s Zoo. She is a holistic animal instructor and consultant and has a private practice that is not affiliated with the zoo. To learn more about holistic animal care, please visit Kim’s website. www.TheLightfootWay.com.

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