There is anecdotal evidence that suggests owning a dog makes you healthier. Few proud dog owners disagree.
Dogs don’t complicate things, and they remind us not to. Healthy dogs express joy with ease, which is actually an enlightened trait. And loyalty? Don’t even bother to compare dogs with most people.
Dogs are robust animals, but ultimately you control your pet’s health. So how can you do right by this endearing friend? Here are 10 tips on what to focus on from the holistic pet health approach:
- Exercise: Walk your dog. Play fetch. Take her anywhere she is welcome to sniff around. For all the favors your dog does for you, the number one thing you can give back is to provide your dog with an active lifestyle. Lack of activity cascades into a host of physical and emotional health problems.
- Diet: People control what domestic dogs eat. Processed foods are convenient and difficult to avoid, but the more natural diet you can provide the better. Avoid foods with chemical preservatives and animal by-products. Inexpensive cuts of meat and fresh vegetables can be less expensive than prepared food, so prepare something fresh when you can.
- Don’t overfeed your dog: With 40% of dogs in the U.S. considered obese, this deserves special notice. Combine with tip #1 and you’ll cure any fat dog.
- Nutritional Supplements: Supplements are a great way to ensure your dog is getting all the nutrients it needs. Vitamin and mineral, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids given regularly support the immune system and prevent disease. Glucosamine supports joint health. Herbal remedies fight allergies and calm nervous, easily agitated dogs.
- Find a good veterinarian: Look for a vet that does not dismiss the holistic health approach. This means appointments are about how to prevent disease rather than only treating existing symptoms. Visit the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association website for a directory of holistic veterinarians.
- Take care of dental health: We often overlook dental care with dogs, but bad teeth lead to other problems, including cancer. Not enough owners follow recommendations to brush their dog’s teeth daily. If you don’t brush, give her teeth cleaning treats and chew toys. Inspect your dog’s teeth for signs of periodontal disease.
- Stay informed about health issues: Know how to look for early signs of disease so you can take preventative action. Especially important as your dog ages.
- Control fleas and ticks: Look for non-chemical control and cleaning products.
- Avoid exposure to toxins: Dogs get into things they shouldn’t—and it may just be the sewer water in front of the house. Avoid using chemical lawn care products and use natural home cleaning products. Antioxidant supplements can counter the effect of toxins.
- Make your dog part of your life: This is what makes truly holistic health. The affection you show for your dog supports physical health. And best of all, this is a health benefit your dog will return to you.
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