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Holistic Pet Health for Your Animal Companion's Total Wellness

Shouldn't you be thinking about holistic pet health for your animal companion as you're thinking about your own wellness? Here at Peaceful Organic Planet we feel that our little compadres are members of our family and deserve the same kind of care that we do.

Whole treatment of our animal companions encompasses many different branches, but for this page we'll focus on the four main areas - Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Herbal/Nutrition.

We'll also provide lots of great resources and recommendations so that you can investigate, more thoroughly, the best treatments for your dog, cat, lizard or gerbil!

Speaking of recommendations, please check out Only Natural Pet Store at the link below. We totally recommend them for holistic pet care supplies, food and tons of helpful information as well! We have bought many products from them and have been very happy with each purchase, not to mention the very quick delivery.

Chiropractic Pet Care

The first area of holistic pet health we will focus on will be Chiropractic Pet Care. Like you, your pet can become "out of alignment", so don't you think they also deserve the same care? Here are a few basics to get you started.

Reasons for Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustments and massage can be great for your companion's overall holistic pet health because often times an animal will contort their spine when trying to move in a way to minimize joint pain.

Here is a list of what chiropractic pet care can do:

Alleviate neck, back, leg, and tail pain

Reduce Muscle Spasms

Help heal injuries from slips,falls or accidents

Alleviate jaw or problems & difficulty with chewing

Help with Bowel, bladder, and internal medicine disorders

Maintains healthy joints and spine

What Are the Signs Your Pet May Need Chiropractic Care?

Sometimes it's hard to tell anything is wrong. I remember we once took Roxi to the vet for an allergic reaction to a bee sting and the vet, who also happens to be a pet chiropractor, discovered that one of her hips was out of joint and he immediately put it back in. So you can see that it might be a good idea to at least have your pet examined regularly to see if there is a need.

Here are some signs your pet might need chiropractic care:

Lameness or trouble getting up and down


Old Age

Behavior or mood change

Chronic health problems that do not go away

What will the Chiropractor Do?

The first thing that will be done is an analysis of your pet. This includes a neurological exam and a look at your pet's stance, gait and the way they move. In some cases they may take x-rays as well. Based on the analyisis the chiropractor will then make adjustments with gentle hand thrusts or the use of instruments directed at specific problems to the spine, or what is known as subluxations (the spine is out of alignment). It's pretty much the same procedure that is used on you when you go to the chiropractor.

After the adjustment your pet will usually show immediate improvement and you may see tiredness for up to 48 hours. In some cases the pet may require more then one visit.

So, you may be asking where you can find a chiropractor for your pet. The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association has a handy guide to help you find one in your area. Click here to access that guide:

AVCA Guide to Certified Pet Chiropractors

If you think that chiropractic pet care is something that you think would be beneficial to your pet, we strongly urge you to try it for your companion's holistic pet health. You'll be glad that you did, and your pet will thank you for it!

Happy Dog

Acupuncture for Your Pet

Using acupuncture for holistic pet health may be an alternative you may want to try for your pet to complement existing treatments or when other treatments fail. Acupuncture is commonly used for chronic pain, arthritis, hip displaysia, digestive disorders, allergies and even behavior disorders.

How Does it Work?

Like acupuncture that it used on humans, animal acupuncture uses very tiny needles inserted into the body at different points along the meridians which correlate to different parts of the body. This helps the chi (life force energy) to open up any blocked channels.

The first thing a pet acupuncturist will do is to put a needle into the top of the head. This keeps them calm and relaxed. Usually, the animal doesn’t even notice the needle. Once the animal is calm, needles are inserted into the pressure points where they are needed.

Where Can I find an Acupuncturist for My Pet?

The American Holistic Veterinary Association is an excellent source. They not only provide a list of vets by country and state who do acupuncture, but also any holistic service that is available. You can search their database at this link:

Holistic Vet Directory

Pet acupuncture is truly a calming and wonderful treatment for holistic pet health. If your pet is having major chronic pain issues and you would like to help ease their pain without using prescription medicine, acupuncture just may be the right choice for you and your loving companion.

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