A holistic approach to well-being is nothing new for humans, but applying the lifestyle to household pets is still a growing trend. Holistic healing has been a practice for thousands of years dating back to Traditional Chinese Medicine over 2,000 years ago. Those who practiced were in tune with the body, mind, and spiritual components of holistic healing. Celebrate National Holistic Pet Day with us and learn more about traditional, natural ways of healing and caring for your pets.
On August 30th, we want to take a moment to share valuable insights to help our pets have more fulfilling lives on National Holistic Pet Day.
What Does Holistic Mean?
A holistic approach to well-being is nothing new for humans, but applying the lifestyle to household pets is still a growing trend. It starts with the basics of good nutrition, lots of physical exercise, and even mental stimulation. Holistic healing has been a practice for thousands of years dating back to Traditional Chinese Medicine over 2,000 years ago. Those who practiced were in tune with the body, mind, and spiritual components of holistic healing.
Before modern medicine existed, our family doctors were using herbology and homeopathy for healing our ailments. Many of our modern drugs are derived from healing isolated chemical constituents from plants all over the world. Treating the body as a whole is a much better way to think of health. Not just masking symptoms to fix what ails us. Looking at diet, lifestyle, mood, and more gives us a glimpse into our personal health and our pet’s overall wellness.
Eastern & Western Medicine For Cats & Dogs
At The Pet Beastro, we think both eastern and western medicines have a place in our world. Skilled surgeons and specialists can help on our healing journey when diagnostic testing is needed or broken bones need resetting. We often don’t give enough credit to our medical doctors in their specialty just as much as herbal medicine often doesn’t get its time to shine.
Why Natural Pet Health
Oftentimes, we should consider plant medicine as our first option of healing. It is an inexpensive medicine to support the body’s immune system, digestive system, urinary health, mental health, and so much more! Plants are complicated structures that have trace minerals, vitamins, nutrients, and ways to support the body with different qualities. If you are just starting your journey with using medicinal plants, I would recommend three to five herbal books to cross-reference for your learning. Many well-known herbalists have books full of recipes, herbal preparations, when and how to pick or choose herbs, guides, and information
Real Food For Cats & Dogs
We see herbs with different classifications based on the amount you can consume as some herbal remedies are more potent than others. We offer many high-quality and pet-safe herbal supplements for many common cat and dog ailments. Think about how you use spices and herbs. You can typically consume larger portions of fresh culinary herbs but they all have loads of benefits. When you use a dried or powdered form, we often use less. We also can’t forget about nutrition! Many times “real food” is considered holistic or alternative when historically that was our main staple for supporting our health. We strive to only offer biologically appropriate, sustainable, non-GMO, and healthy dog and cat food and treat options. We encourage raw pet food options to get the most nutrients possible from the Earth.
Pets Need Mental Stimulation
Challenging your pet's mind can be equally exhausting as long intense physical activity. Bored dogs tend to be naughty dogs. When trouble gets brewing this could also lead into other emotionally connected behaviors such as anxiety, panic, fear, trembling, or destructive behaviors. Cats can exhibit some of the same behaviors but may be displayed differently than our dog friends. Cats tend to hide, hair pull, excessively groom, and potty outside of the litter box when showing emotional imbalances. Before our cats and dogs were domesticated they roamed the wild. They hunted, played, and encountered life with great curiosity. As they spend more time in our homes, we still need to provide mental stimulation which is great for weather extremes and outdoor play isn’t an option. Any chance we can give our cats and dogs an opportunity to root around in a toy or enrichment mat, gives them ways to use their brain and figure out challenges. We offer lots of interactive options from puzzle feeders to safe toys made out of recyclable materials and more.
Exercising Your Cat or Dog
Our bodies need to move. Just like humans, our pets feel better if they are given opportunities to stretch their legs and play. Jumping, running, walking and other play helps move the lymphatic system in our pets (and the human owners too!), moves oxygen and nutrients into cells, supports the cardiovascular system and lungs. When adding in exercise, it can also help your pet maintain weight or lose weight. Keeping your pet at its optimal weight is ideal. If you have an indoor cat you may want to include vertical spaces or an exercise wheel to help increase physical activity. Exercise oftentimes helps our cats and dogs feel content and tends to reduce unwanted behaviors due to boredom and anxiety. It can also be a great bonding time with your pet if you make time to exercise and play at the same time.
Alternative Pet Health
Health and wellness are continuous throughout your lifetime. Your health and your pet’s health are worthy of clean water, non-GMO food, natural treats, safe toys, balanced mental health, and daily exercise. On occasion, life gets the best of us and we get off track. When that happens, rebalance and refocus to continue your dog or cat’s health and wellness journey.