The embrace of holistic pet care is understandable with the growing popularity of holistic medicine for humans. But did you know that healthy pets are often given credit for helping to create healthier families? What is the holistic care of pets and how does it work?
Treat the whole pet (or person)
Holistic medical practices are based on the premise that the healing of the body and the enhancement of good health can only occur when the whole entity is included in the treatment plan. Each living entity is viewed as having an internal balance that needs to be maintained for optimal health.
Holistic care follows the belief that an animal’s body parts are interdependent upon each other, bringing about healing and good health when all of these components come together and function properly. If each of a pet’s organs, limbs, and brain work properly, the pet displays good health. When one or more of a pet’s organs or other body parts does not perform as it should, the pet becomes ill and typically begins to display symptoms of being sick.
Treat problems not just symptoms
Designed to treat the problem and not just the symptoms, holistic pet care practices treat the entire animal. Typically, the symptoms are examined in detail in order to assist with a proper diagnosis. Once the underlying cause of a pet’s illness is discovered, a treatment plan is created to deal with the source of the problem. The pet can then heal and become healthy once again.
If only the symptoms are treated, the underlying cause can remain and fester until it causes more harm to your pet. With holistic care of pets, the animal’s symptoms disappear as the root cause is treated. The practice of holistic care of pets is designed to actually bring about a cure rather than simply make the pet look as though he is feeling better. Holistic care is designed to return the inner body back to a healthy balance while bringing about optimal performance through properly functioning body parts.
Several studies have led to the belief that family pets can influence the health and longevity of the individuals living in the home. If the family enjoys spending time with the family dog or cat then everyone will enjoy this sharing of time so much more when the pet is healthy. Less stress is involved when the family pet looks and feels well. Of course, it is possible that people who take good care of their pets also take good care of themselves. Why am I not surprised?