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