How Can Holistic Health Help Your Dog?

How Can Holistic Health Help Your Dog?

Holistic medicine treats the person (or, in this case, animal) as a whole: mind, body, spirit. It uses several different practices, including acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies, chiropractic treatment, aromatherapy, nutrition, acupressure, and even sound therapy to address a variety of ailments and conditions.


There are many holistic practices that may benefit your dog. Many veterinarians today combine holistic therapies with traditional vet care, but before you embark on any treatment, please consult your vet.


Dog Massages

Anyone who’s ever had a massage can attest to its healing, calming benefits. It goes beyond just relaxing sore muscles, too. It can improve blood flow and oxygenation, heal sprains and strains, reduce pain, and ease anxiety and stress in your dog. Some experts believe that massage even strengthens the immune system, aids digestion, aids in the removal of toxins, and decreases blood pressure. As a bonus, most dogs seem to like it. If you have no experience with massage, take your dog to a trained animal massage therapist. But you can learn to give your dog a massage, which also may strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Chiropractic Treatments for Dogs

Chiropractors manipulate the spine and other bones in other parts of the body to relieve joint, muscular, and skeletal problems. Veterinary chiropractic is a gentle process; low force is used to make adjustments to relieve pain and loss of agility, without the use of medications. While it’s gaining in popularity, it’s important to consult your vet before starting any hands-on course of care.

Your Dog’s Nutrition

This is almost a no-brainer. A healthy diet, with the right combination of nutrients and rich in protein, is a major contributor to overall health. And if your dog suffers from allergies or digestive upsets, adjustments to his diet can make all the difference. Before you change his diet, though, consult your vet to discuss what type of diet will most benefit your dog.


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