Although the term “holistic” has gained popularity in recent years, it is still not common when it comes to applying holistic approach to our pets’ lifestyles. A holistic approach to wellness considers one’s overall well-being, including one’s physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. But how can you relate this approach to pets?
Colleen Paige, a well-known pet and family lifestyle expert, assigned August 30th as “National Holistic Pet Day” to raise awareness about this integrative approach that can help us live a healthier and longer life. This is a wonderful time to look at our pet’s life as a whole and find ways to improve it. It’s a new and developing trend to care about our pet’s mind, body and spirit with the same devotion as we would do for ourselves.
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Help Your Pet Live a Holistic Life
Here are a few things you should focus on to help your pet live a holistic life:
1. Healthy Nutrition
You are already aware that a constant burgers-and-chips kind of diet is unhealthy for you, don’t you? It isn’t any different when it comes to our dog’s lifestyle. If you are feeding unhealthy treats to your pet every now and then, the ramifications will be devastating. Instead, feeding a natural, organic and nutrient-rich diet will be highly beneficial for your pets. A diet that includes whole foods, vegetables, fruits and meat can help your pet fight serious health issues like intestinal problems, obesity and diabetes. Moreover, it can help your pet to strengthen bones and maintain healthy skin, coat and teeth.
2. Regular Grooming
Regular bathing and brushing can not only help your pet maintain their appearance, but it may also help them maintain their overall health. Moreover, when you brush your pet’s coat to remove tangles every day, you will also get a chance to feel their body for any unusual lumps or wounds. And, if you find anything, immediately consult your vet.
3. Adequate Exercise
Exercise is the cornerstone of living a healthy life. Adequate exercise will not only help your pets stay fit and active, but it will also save them from health problems like obesity, joint issues and diabetes. Above that, a regular workout regime with your furry partner will help them socialize more and it will give you two a little more time to bond. You can also try “Doga” (Yoga with your dog) if you are someone who likes to keep up with the popping trends as pet parents across the country are actively participating in activities like these.
4. Holistic Treatment: A New Approach
What do you do when your pets fall ill? You take them to your vet and treat them with the prescribed pills. However, it is important to remember that pill-popping isn’t always the solution. There are other non-conventional methods too, like massage therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care and other non-invasive medical procedures that lead us to a whole new horizon of pet treatments that have gained popularity in the past few years. So, next time, keep these new approaches in your mind when you visit your vet and ask them about alternative treatments.
Things To Do On This National Holistic Pet Day
August 30th is a wonderful time to start on a path of a holistic approach for your pets. It focuses on preventive care rather than treatment after an illness has occurred. It helps a pet live a happier and healthier life. Therefore, take some time to read up on holistic care and how it can change your pet’s life. It is also a reminder to make sure that we’re providing them with high-quality, nutrient-dense food and getting them ample exercise. Also, why not learn more about massage therapy or aromatherapy for your pets? It will undoubtedly make them feel better!
David joined CanadaVetCare in 2013 as a product analyst and veterinary assistant. Being a passionate pet lover and keen animal health researcher, David had always found ways and solutions to help pet parents to improve their pets’ health. He is always happy to answer pet health-related queries and recommending pet parents for the right pet product for their furry companions.