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Animal Naturopathy

Updated: May 11

Animal Naturopathy  

A holistic approach to health and wellbeing

In the quest for optimal health and well-being, more and more pet owners are increasingly turning to alternative and holistic approaches to care for their animal companions. One such approach gaining popularity is animal naturopathy—a practice rooted in the belief that a natural and holistic approach holds the key to restoring and maintaining the health of our beloved pets.

Animal naturopathy is a holistic and natural approach to healthcare that focuses on supporting the body's innate ability to heal itself. Drawing inspiration from traditional naturopathy for humans, this approach considers the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of an animal's well-being. 

Practitioners take all things into consideration and do not symptom chase - work only with the presenting symptom. They understand that the presenting symptoms are symptomatic of other underlying lifestyle or dietary issues.

Animal naturopathy emphasises the body's inherent ability to heal when provided with the right conditions. This involves promoting a healthy lifestyle, natural nutrition, and minimising exposure to toxins.The animals whole life is taken in consideration and addressed naturally in an attempt to bring balance back to their life.

Rather than just treating symptoms, animal naturopathy places a strong emphasis on preventive care, This approach can reduce other incidences of health challenges before they manifest as illness. 

This includes -

Proper diet and nutrition

Keeping them safe from prolonged stressful conditions 

Regular veterinarian health checks

Good dental health

Regular exercise

Healing modalities and remedies if needed to manage stress or anxiety

Keeping them safe from toxins in the home via cleaning products and foods that are bad for them. A lot of household products and air fresheners are toxic to our animal companions and should be avoided. For example; don’t let your dog sleep next to a plug in air freshener. 

Just as a holistic health professional does for us, animal naturopathy views the pet as a whole being, considering the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and emotional aspects. It addresses imbalances in the body and promotes overall wellness which can add years to your animals life and contribute towards them living free from many health challenges. 

A cornerstone of animal naturopathy is providing pets with a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet. This may include raw or home-cooked meals tailored to the specific needs of the individual animal. Diet can be responsible for digestive issues, allergies and food intolerances which can manifest as skin conditions, sickness, itching, ear infections, bowel upset, and vomiting amongst other things. 

Another consideration of conditions that our beloved animals can experience  is down to emotional wellbeing. This is where flower remedies and homeopathy can come in handy.These are particularly beneficial as they have no side affects and if you give your dog the ‘wrong’ remedy, it will have no adverse affect. There can be an element of trial and error with this but it will not do any harm to the dog. Rescue remedy is great to calm and relax an animal showing stressed and anxious behaviours while other remedies can assist with more specific challenges.

Animal naturopaths, or holistic pet practitioners, work closely with pet owners to create personalised wellness plans for their animal. These plans often involve a combination of dietary recommendations, remedies, lifestyle adjustments, and natural therapies.

Although I am not a licensed Naturopath, I take a Naturopathic approach to health and wellbeing. I have been working the in the holistic therapy world for over 20 years, and trained in The Bowen Technique. I also have a qualifications in Nutrition, Mindfulness and massage along with several other therapies.

In my practise, I combine all my skills, knowledge and experience to educate and support wellness through:

Animal Reiki

Emotional Freedom Technique

Bach Flower Remedies

Mindfulness practices

Nutritional guidance

Lifestyle guidance 

Just as we seek alternative approaches to health and wellbeing, more and more pet owners also seek alternatives to conventional veterinary care. Resulting in a holistic and compassionate approach to promoting their well-being becoming increasingly popular. 

By recognising the interconnectedness of nature and health, a naturopathic approach provides a pathway to a vibrant and thriving life for our cherished pets. It's a journey towards unlocking the healing power of nature, fostering a deep connection between animals and their human companions, whilst improving their quality of life and overall wellbeing. 

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