Holistic Pet Care

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Rochelle Arias, Certified Herbalist

Just like people, pets get sick too, and our dogs and cats deserve to be taken care of in the same way that we support the health of our own bodies. Animals have accidents, and suffer from illnesses, diseases and conditions that are damaging to their health and spirits. They are exposed to environmental hazards, and are prone to feelings of depression and anxiety.

Unfortunately, our animals can’t verbalize to us when these things are happening. At times it is not obvious and we carry on with our daily lives while our dependent furry friends suffer.

I don’t know about you but I like the idea of caring for my pets when and where I can. I also prefer to avoid spending a fortune on a visit to the vet if I have the knowledge to care for my animal at home, in a familiar environment and with the love of my own touch. There’s no doubt that a visit to the veterinarian is sometimes necessary, but there are things that we can do naturally on our own.

“Pet owners who use Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (Brea, Calif.) spent more than $66 million in 2013 to treat common medical conditions. VPI recently analyzed data from 500,000 insured cats and dogs over the previous year to find the top 10 medical conditions affecting animals to the point of needing a veterinarian visit. Here are the results:”

Top 10 Dog Conditions

  1. Skin Allergies
  2. Ear Infection
  3. Non-cancerous Skin Infection
  4. Skin Infection
  5. Arthritis
  6. Upset Stomach
  7. Intestinal Stomach/Vomiting
  8. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
  9. Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
  10. Soft Tissue Trauma

Top 10 Cat Conditions

  1. Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
  2. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease
  4. Excessive Hormone Thyroid
  5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting
  6. Diabetes
  7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
  8. Lymphoma
  9. Upper Respiratory Infection
  10. Skin Allergies

Many of these conditions can be prevented by providing our animal friends with a healthy, happy lifestyle, and/or possibly addressed at home in its early stages. Come learn some basic practices that can keep the overall health of our pets in line, and keep them out of the veterinarian offices. With pets, knowing a few basic natural remedies and nutritional facts can make all the difference.

Sources

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/May-2014/Top-10-Vet-Visit-Reasons-For-Dogs-And-Cats/

http://www.vin.com/

Dr. Judy Dresden – http://drjudyholisticvet.com/

The information contained in this article is not a substitute for the medical care of a licensed healthcare professional. Any health concerns should be discussed with your primary care provider.