National Holistic Pet Day – August 30th
Holistic Health is a wellness approach that takes into account the whole individual – body, mind, and spirit. It’s a preventative lifestyle that’s based on social, psychological and environmental influences that affect health, including nutrition, exercise, and mental relaxation. A holistic practitioner helps uncover underlying causes of symptoms and the person takes responsibility for and an active role in their own health care. In traditional medicine, the physician looks at the person’s symptoms and treats them with prescriptions or surgery while the patient takes a passive role in their health care.
Holistic medicine has grown in popularity but until just recently, people were not considering it for their pets! Holistic Pet Day was started by Coleen Paige from the Animal Miracle Foundation to encourage owners to look at all issues that could impact the welfare of their pet. Holistic Pet Day was started to try to bring more publicity to the idea of treating your pet holistically.
Holistic pet care improves nutrition, increases your pet’s energy, prevents disease and can even cure chronic conditions. Using holistic treatments may not only give your pet a long, healthy, happy life, it may also save time and money. While there’s nothing in the world we wouldn’t do, no sum of money we wouldn’t spend for our pets, sometimes the means to do so just aren’t available.
What can you do to improve your pet’s quality of life?
The first and most important cornerstone of good health is nutrition. Feed your pet a diet of natural and organic food and treats. We all understand the benefit of eating a healthy diet.
Reading the labels on all products is a must. Purchase items with only natural ingredients. No chemicals, additives, preservatives, or dyes. Our pet’s digestive system is not designed to deal with these types of items found in processed pet foods. You should consider ingredients that are selected to benefit the animal, not just make the food item look more appealing to us.
In the pet food industry, it is the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods. However, AAFCO does notregulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way. Rather, it is the pet food company’s responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard. When choosing the best formula of food for your pet, consult with your veterinarian, who can inform you of any specific needs your pet may have. Again, read the package labels so that you know what’s in your pet’s food.
Here are a few holistic examples you can easily implement at home:
Clean, fresh water should always be available. You can keep your pet’s water safe by using filtered water. Use stainless steel bowls rather than plastic too.
Pets need exercise just like we do. It is important to keep your pet physically and mentally fit. Take them for plenty of walks, play fetch, chase them around the house, play with their favorite ball or toys, hide treats and make them find them, or use puzzle pet toys.
Use natural grooming products that use essential oils and extracts instead of chemicals. Make sure you keep your pet away from any household products that contain chemicals. Consider using natural pesticides around your home and natural soaps and cleaning products.
Affordable Pet Testing also offers a simple, holistic way to improve your pet’s health. Our testing checks for intolerances against over 300 items and gives you answers on the best nutrition and environment for your pet and what items should be avoided.
Use this day on August 30th to learn some other ways on how you can holistically care for your pet and improve their quality of life.