Today is National Holistic Pet Day. What does holistic mean and how does holistic pet care differ from traditional methods?
In Anitra Frazier’s book The Natural Cat, she defines goals of holistic pet care professionals as:
Treating Cause of Disease Rather Than the Symptoms.
Traditional veterinarians look at the symptoms and treat accordingly with medication or surgery. A holistic vet will look deeper to find the root cause of the disease. Holistic medicine encourages
the body to heal and build resistance to the disease.
Do No Harm
Holistic veterinarians do not believe in steroids, antibiotics and chemotherapy. They do not believe treatment that harms the patient will help cure the condition.
Treat the Whole Pet
Holistic pet care practitioners believe in working with the mind, body and spirit. The mind and spirit may be treated using stress reduction techniques such as essential oils and homeopathy. The body may be treated with herbs, acupuncture, nutrition and massage. Surgery and antibiotics are used rarely.
An increasing number of veterinarians have education in both traditional veterinary medicine and holistic practices. Some veterinary practices have doctors on staff who specialize in holistic pet care practices.
For more detailed information, check with health food stores in your area or specialized pet supply stores that offer natural pet foods. Many of these stores also offer seminars on a variety of pet health topics.
To locate a holistic veterinarian in your area, to go the holistic veterinarian listing at ahvma.org
Anitra Frazier’s book, The Natural Cat is available from our online store at http://fullyfeline.wpengine.com/cat-products/