Dogs Can Live Holistically Too - Here are 5 Natural Alternatives to Incorporate into Your Dog’s Routine - ScienceOnDogs

Dogs Can Live Holistically Too – Here are 5 Natural Alternatives to Incorporate into Your Dog’s Routine

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The health and wellness market is experiencing momentous growth, and it has never been easier or this accessible to incorporate holistic and alternative practices and products into our
daily routines. But the myriad of benefits of associated with a holistic lifestyle shouldn’t be reserved for just us humans – our furry friends can also benefit from the surge in our “self-care” culture. From clean eating to holistic veterinarians, there are a number of different ways to integrate some holistic care into your dog’s life.

1. Start with your dog’s diet
Gone are the days where only a limited selection of widely commercialized dog food was available at your local supermarket. Just take a stroll through any pet care store and you will see a myriad of options that have all but saturated the market. As more and more four-legged friends have made their way into our homes and our hearts, the dog food industry has greatly expanded to include more natural and higher quality ingredients. The old adage “You are what you eat” doesn’t need to mean that only the human members of your family need to eat natural and organic. The best part of this surge in health foods for dogs is that it is easier than ever to feed your dog the good stuff without breaking the bank. Many commercial dog foods on the market contain animal by-products, chemical preservatives, and substandard ingredients like wheat and corn gluten. These additives can potentially cause long-term health issues and weaken your pet’s immune system. Benefits of an all-natural diet for your dog include longevity, energy, reduced joint inflammation, a healthier coat, easier digestion, and cleaner teeth – which means less dreaded and costly trips to the vet.

2. Essential Oils/Aromatherapy
Hopefully, by now, someone you know has introduced you to the wonderful world of essential oils. Quickly gaining in popularity for their countless benefits ranging from inflammation reduction to alleviating stress and anxiety, essential oils are a natural, non-invasive way to pass those benefits onto your pooch. Just like humans, every dog reacts differently to various essential oils, and it is always a good idea to check with your vet first before incorporating essential oils into your puppy’s health and wellness regimen. Because their noses are so keenly able to pick up scents, even the smallest amount of oil can be very powerful for your dog. Once you get the all-clear from the vet, start with diffusing a drop or two near your dog and let them enjoy the serenity of a good lavender mist.

3. Massage
Is there any better way to self-care than with a long, lush 90-minute massage? Guess what, chances are your dog will love it just as much as you do! No robe or expensive trip to the spa required! There are countless YouTube tutorials and websites dedicated to teaching doggy owners easy tips and tricks for bringing some Zen into your dog’s life.

4. Acupuncture/Acupressure
The centuries-old techniques of acupuncture and acupressure can be used to enhance the traditional veterinary care your dog is getting, and provide a multitude of health benefits to the canine community. Acupuncture, and the less invasive acupressure can bring much-needed relief for many of the symptoms and discomforts associated with an aging dog. Both techniques increase blood circulation to promote healing, without the systemic side effects associated with many traditional medications. From arthritis to digestive issues, there is a wide host of health benefits associated with adding these to your dog’s health regiment. Just make sure to do your research and find a vet/animal acupuncturist you can trust.

5. Holistic Vet
As more and more people welcome dogs into their homes, the country is seeing a growth in the number of veterinarians who are offering holistic care. Holistic vets treat the whole animal and typically offer an integrated approach to medicine and your dog’s care – combining traditional methods with alternative therapies. With over 1,000 holistic vets around the country, finding one that can help your dog live the happiest and longest life possible is becoming increasingly within reach of all dog owners.

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  • Posted on July 13, 2019

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