Your Vet Should Be the One to Make a Dog Health Diagnosis

by Geraldine Dimarco

Holistic health care is becoming a natural way for owners to provide a so their cherished are always at their healthiest.

Your dog’s may be the most important aspect when it comes to a diagnosis, as nutrition is the basis for health. Dogs neede a certain balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to ensure everything from the digestive systems to the bones, joints, and organs as well as the skin and coat are as healthy as possible. Dogs’ nutritional needs differ to our own. A diet of meat, vegetables, and whole grains without any processed foods or unnecessary fillers is usually recommended when thinking about holistic dog health.

Using a variety of essential oils, plant extracts, herbs and flowering essences, people have treated numerous ailments and conditions over the past thousands of years. Ancient healing practices have found their way into the field of pet healthcare in the recent times, to keep up with the increasing demand for a more natural approach to dog and treatment.

Canine herbal remedies include calendula and chamomile for treating wounds, with chamomile used to give relief for respiratory compaints as well. Flaxseed mixed with lots of water may help cure dogs who are constipated or have other bowel problems. Oats may help soothe your dog’s dry, itchy skin, and smelling lavender may help your get some shut-eye if he is having difficulty sleeping.

Ask your veterinarian for his or her input and recommendations when it comes to holistic dog health and using all-natural remedies for their care, but if your vet is not open to methods, do your own research, and you might even want to consider switching to a vet who is more open to alternative methods.

In recent years, thousands of veternarians have made holistic dog health diagnosis a greater part of their practice. A vet practicing holistic pet medicine cares for the whole animal instead of just finding a specific problem and prescribing a single therapy for that particular trauma or disorder.

For example, your dog has suddenly come down with a red, irritating rash and has started losing some fur. A “regular” vet would most likely prescribe a topical ointment and an antibiotic medication to stop the infection and itching.

A holistic veterinarian will place more emphasis on determining the cause of the rash as the source of the infection before prescribing those two remedies. Before coming to a conclusion or offering treatment, the dog’s entire lifestyle are taken into account, incorporating his living environment, nutrition, and all habits.

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