A Holistically Healthy Pet is Your No.1 Best Friend!

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How To Keep Your Holistically Healthy Pet Your No.1 Best Friend


A holistically healthy pet starts with Good nutrition and this is a big part of the holistic approach to keeping your pet brimming with happiness. If you are wondering, the term ‘holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole. The holistic approach aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the pet’s whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments. 

A fresh or frozen raw diet is natural, biologically appropriate, and a great option for many pets, but may not be appropriate for all. Some animals simply do not like raw food and only want to eat food that is cooked. Many owners don’t feel comfortable handling raw meat and may also have time constraints, preferring to buy pre-prepared pet food.

For other pets, cooked food may be a wiser choice because they are very young, aging, or have a compromised immune system. A good quality pet food should contain the majority of real meat (or a high protein percentage), vegetables, and few or no grains. Always avoid any food that contains by-products, fillers, and chemical preservatives if possible.

A minimally processed diet that contains whole-food ingredients such as dehydrated, raw, homemade, or freeze-dried is always best to maintain optimal pet health. An excellent brand to use is Eden Holistic Pet Foods which created and developed its food with nutritionists in accordance with FEDIAF standards. They needed to achieve the optimal ratio of meat and fish to fruits, vegetables, herbs, minerals, and botanicals, thus creating a nutritionally balanced natural pet food whilst being totally tantalizing.

Holistically Health Caring for your pet companion means asking lots of questions and often doing copious research on your own! It’s a great idea to have both a conventional vet and a complementary or holistic veterinarian so you can get second opinions to approach health concerns from different angles. It’s often possible to avoid invasive procedures like surgery and certain diagnostics. But accidents do happen and good health insurance like Many Pets will help with those exorbitant bills when your loved one is in need.

Vaccinations are important and a conservative vaccine protocol is best approached. A general rule of thumb is to vaccinate only for life-threatening diseases that are prevalent in your area – or risk because of your pet’s lifestyle (such as frequent camping trips to certain areas). Ever wondered why humans are not vaccinated every year like animals? Many holistic lifestyle followers believe it is the pharmaceutical companies bumping up their profits at our pets’ expense. In the true sense of holistically healthy pet care, one set of essential vaccinations will help to give them the antibodies they need for protection during their life.

Emotional Well-Being stems from many things. A good, highly nutritious diet to support lean body weight and a healthy heart, plenty of exercise – vital to maintaining strong muscles, and of course, tonnes of love and cuddles essential for every dog or cat. This also helps to strengthen the human-animal bond too. Petting your pet also lowers your blood pressure and can help relieve stress and anxiety for both of you.

In addition, many energetic dogs really thrive when they are given a job to do – whether it’s following an agility course, fly-ball catching and retrieving, carrying in your newspaper each morning, or something more serious like search and rescue work. Many pet jobs can help provide the mental stimulation necessary for a pet to be truly fulfilled and happy. Training a dog to do tricks (as well as normal obedience behaviors) is also great for self-confidence and helps a dog to stay happy.  

Alternative or Complementary Medicine approaches to pet health care provide an essential cornerstone to holistic health – but are not the sole basis of holistic pet care. Western and traditional Chinese herbs are widely used to treat issues like digestive and joint problems. Acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, massage as well as magnetic and laser therapy are also modalities utilised by various holistic veterinarians and can provide an excellent augmentation to an overall comprehensive approach to total pet health.


Bronwen Pretorius

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