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Holistic Dog Health - A Comprehensive Guide

Since the beginning of time, we have granted ourselves the right to own so-called pets.

The dog was most certainly the first animal domesticated by man. Genetically different from the wolf, the dog has followed humankind for tens of thousands of years.

In exchange for a bowl and a shelter, the dog bends to the will of its pack leader. Guide, guard, hunter, companion, tracker, war dog, rescue dog, assistance dog, protection dog, herder, laboratory dog, millions of dogs have lost their lives to make our lives easier.

A large part of the dog’s health already depends on the definition of “ownership” the owner has.

Let’s consider here that the “ownership” of a pet goes with the obligation to pamper it, to feed it, to walk it, to offer it spaces of freedom, to take care of its health, to remain at its side throughout its life and, if necessary, to resort to euthanasia to relieve it of its suffering.

What holistic health means for dogs

Similar to holistic health for humans, holistic health for dogs means a comprehensive approach to health with disease prevention and the use of side-effect-free treatments as much as possible.

In detail, this means that to keep your dog healthy, you need to care for his:

  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Emotional well-being
  • Hygiene 
  • Necessary veterinary care

Diet

As for humans, diet is the first critical ingredient for a dog’s health.

Dog’s nutritional needs are not the same as ours, but they are not that different. Dogs, like us, need proteins, fats, and sugars to fuel their body, and like us, they can thrive on a vegan diet that will bring the best form of these proteins, fats, and sugars.

A 100% homemade vegan organic meal is the best way to feed your dog and the best nutrition for his health and longevity, on top of covering all his food and nutritional needs.

Physical activity

As for humans, physical activity is essential to the dog’s health. Sadly most dogs used as pets are all day long in apartments or houses with little to no exercise.

A regular physical activity for a dog means four to five walks a day, one of which is more important, where it can run, play and walk for at least 1 hour unless the dog has access to a garden where it can regularly exercise during the day.

Don’t forget that if the dog has access to a garden, he will not exercise by himself! He still needs to play with you or/and other dogs.

The dog is by nature an animal built for exercise. The oldest breeds were sheepdogs, dogs that accompanied man on his travels (horsemen, nomadic tribes…), hunting dogs, tracking dogs, and dogs used to carry messages or guard huge estates. Of course, there were also guard dogs chained or enclosed in pens, but in general, before urbanization became the rule, dogs were more physically active.

To make a dog more suited to the sofa life, dwarf breeds (such as the dwarf spitz) were selected, shorter-legged or too long-backed (like the basset hound), with crushed noses that didn’t allow them to breathe properly (like some bulldogs or pugs), fragile joints (like some dwarf yorkies) or excessively bow-legged (like some Pekingese).

Nevertheless, the physical constitution of the vast majority of dogs requires them to walk, run, play, sniff, dig, jump, and swim. Physically, dogs can only develop their muscles and expend their energy through exercise. Depriving them of adequate exercise predisposes them to osteoarthritis, overweight, and premature aging.

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Training

Same as raising a child, the education you make with your dog will be necessary for his mental and physical health.

Many dog owners still think that a dog is like a human adult, that the only thing they need to do is live with him.

But in reality, a dog needs a pack leader, someone to say this is ok and this is not, someone caring and confident that can lead and protect, someone who has authority that the dog can trust, love, and respect.  

Inappropriate or lack of training often results in a dog’s bad behaviors.

How many dogs are locked up at home, deprived of going out to exercise in nature and meet other dogs, simply because they bite? These dogs end-up crazy, and rightfully so!

How many dogs bark all day long because they are alone and their masters have abandoned them for most of the day?

For this, we can’t recommend more to look at the work of Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer or others caring canine educators.

Environment

Space

Dogs have the particularity of being attached to their human family more than anything else, which leads us to believe that they can live well in a cramped apartment or when we walk them on the concrete of polluted streets. However, the dog will suffer from a lack of space, especially if it’s a dog that demands a lot of movement.

Loneliness

Dogs are not solitary animals. He needs to interact with other dogs and recharge his batteries in nature, but above all the dog needs to accompany you everywhere, to have a rhythmic but interesting life rich in affection. Staying confined to an apartment for days on end while you’re away is not an ideal condition.

Smell

Let’s not forget that dogs have a highly developed sense of smell, and inevitably suffer in environments that are polluted, smoky or contaminated by all kinds of chemical odors. Don’t forget that chemical perfumes can be a real torture for his sensitive nose.

Hearing

Similarly, dogs’ hearing is more developed than ours, so noisy environments, with loud music, shouting, machine noise or heavy traffic, generate considerable stress for their bodies.

Territory

Dogs need their own space, to sleep in peace and quiet, and to eat without having to defend their food bowls. Not having his basic needs respected can cause him a great deal of suffering.

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Emotional Well-being

A dog’s emotional health depends on the environmental factors we’ve described, and of course on its relationship with its human and animal family. Problems of cohabitation may arise with other animals (dogs, cats, etc.) or with certain people (men, women, children).

The cause may be bad experiences for the dog, or inappropriate behavior on the part of people living with the dog. 

But the most frequent problems are due to poor communication with the dog. It’s up to us to understand and educate the dog, so that the relationship is as harmonious as possible and the dog’s life is a happy one.

Dogs are very sensitive to our state of stress or internal tension, and the least we can say is that our society gives us far too many opportunities to be stressed and tense.

Finally, let’s not forget that dogs are very sensitive and can express unconditional love. Because of that, a dog can also experience sadness and depression, especially when mourning a deceased master.

Good Hygiene

We have a notion of cleanliness that is not necessarily compatible with proper hygiene, which aims to avoid living conditions that are harmful to dogs. Many products can be detrimental to your dog.

Here are some examples:

  • Chemical detergents to clean his diaper, clothes, etc.
  • Deodorizing or odor-killing chemical sprays
  • Traffic fumes and tobacco smoke
  • Insecticides against fleas/ticks like “Bravecto.”

These products contain endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic molecules, and irritant molecules, all toxic for the dog.

In addition to that, imagine what your dog’s sense of smell must go through. Your dog has more than 200 million olfactory receptors, while we only have 5 million! A real ordeal.

Finally, don’t forget that the dog naturally needs to bite on something to keep its teeth healthy.

Fortunately, most dog supply stores carry 100% natural bones (no animal products, no dyes, no harmful oils, no palm oil). These “fake bones” contain a mixture of cereals, vegetable oils, plants, and various spices that give them a delicious taste for the dog, while fulfilling their full function.

Necessary Veterinary Care

Of course, if your dog has an accident, a serious injury, a fracture, a bite or any other problem requiring veterinary attention, you need to be able to offer him the best possible care.

As far as vaccinations are concerned, it’s important to be well-informed before believing in the necessity of it as many side effects exist

Multiple, repetitive, and often useless vaccinations are still the biggest money-spinner for vets, with no effort and a guaranteed clientele.

Yet, for most health problems, there is an alternative: natural medicines.

Natural Medicines for dogs

There are many situations where we can help a dog’s health by using side-effects-free treatments. 

Here are just a couple of examples when you can use natural medicine for your dog:

  • Diet
  • Hygiene products, such as ear and eye lotions
  • Washing and shampooing your dog
  • Skin deworming (protection against fleas and ticks)
  • Deworming (internally)
  • Digestive, respiratory or joint problems
  • Stress or nervousness
  • Infectious problems not requiring antibiotics
  • And more…

Our expertise in dog treatments includes phytotherapy, homeopathy and biotherapy.

Contrary to cats, dogs are easy to treat, as most of them readily take remedies with or without food. 

Thanks to that, phytotherapy is the natural medicine of choice for treating various health problems in dogs. Nonetheless, dogs can also benefit from other natural medicines like:

  • Acupuncture
  • Osteopathy
  • Massage
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Hydrotherapy

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