Preventing Disease with Holistic Health Care
Holistic health care–for both people and pets–uses knowledge of what causes disease to make preventative lifestyle choices. For people, holistic health has a history that goes back 5,000 years to India and China, but for animals such as domestic dogs and cats, the concept is modern.
Generally, Western scientific medicine hasn’t been on the same page as holistic health. Scientists identified germs as outside causes of disease, and created synthesized chemicals to destroy them. People made unhealthy lifestyle choices and assumed health problems could be “fixed” if they got sick.
It is wonderful to be able to cure disease. What’s better? Preventing disease so you don’t need the cure.
Maintaining good health and disease prevention are the main goals of holistic health.
As a pet owner, you choose to use holistic health with your pet. The benefits include:
- Lower overall health care costs (prevention is cheaper than curing)
- Pets with greater energy and freedom from illness
- Having a disease-free pet who lives a longer, healthier life
Holistic Health Care Diets for Dog and Cat
Holistic health care for dogs and cats is simpler than it is for people. Why? Because dogs and cats are easier to satisfy—and thus balance—on an emotional level.
For many people, the most challenging aspect of maintaining holistic health is consistent emotional balance. The human mind creates its own worries in the over-stimulated world we all live in.
However, a dog or cat that has a bed to call their own and gets exercise and belly rubs on a regular basis is likely quite content. For owners, the simple purity of our pet’s happy state of mind is one of their great charms.
The food we give our dogs and cats, however, is dubious from the holistic health perspective. Many dogs and cats go their entire lives eating nothing but processed food. This creates imbalances with essential nutrients, digestive enzymes, and fatty acids.
Providing a well-balanced diet for our pets is the first step to improving pet health. Many health conditions can be prevented when the body receives optimal nutrition. In some cases, nutritional supplements may be needed to supply nutrients that have been processed out commercial pet foods. They can provide a consistent and easy way to ensure your dog or cat is getting the nutrients they need to lead a healthy life.
Natural Support for Anxious Pets
While dogs and cats don’t sit around worrying about bank accounts or politics, being part of the human world can be stressful. Unfortunately, we have also bred traits into dogs and cats that leave some animals susceptible to not only physical problems, but also anxiety disorders.
Holistic health offers help for nervous pets. Herbal remedies are similar to giving a nervous dog or cat a soothing cup of tea. This calming effect allows your pet to learn how to deal with anxiety provoking events like being left alone or loud noises.
Holistic Health and Everyday Choices
The American Holistic Health Association notes how we influence our health and quality of life with many seemingly unimportant everyday choices.
Your pet cannot choose a holistic lifestyle. It is up to you as the owner to make everyday decisions that have a cumulative, long-term effect on your pet’s health.
Exercise and attention are everyday essentials for holistic pet health. With a complete diet, your dog or cat will be happy, active, and require fewer trips to the vet.
The average pet owner usually has little choice but to use processed foods. Adding nutritional supplements is an everyday choice that ensures your pet is getting essential nutrients in their diet.
Over your pet’s lifetime, you will spend less on health care and have a healthier pet.
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