Natural Pet Care - A Complete Overview
Natural pet care should be holistic. Ideally, it includes the creation of living conditions adapted to the specific needs of each animal and the prevention of disease.
Secondly, and still ideally, basic care and health problems can be addressed by natural medicines, either exclusively, or as a complement to veterinary care when necessary.
The fact that some pets are loved by their human owners makes them aware of the need for effective care without side effects, care that does not destroy their companion’s health.
As a result, natural care for pets has become increasingly popular.
Benefits of Natural Pet Care
There are many health benefits to treating your pet with natural care.
First, do no harm
This sounds exactly the same as natural care for humans and it is. Natural medicines, whether used for treating humans or any other animal, maintain the same basic principles.
To illustrate that, let’s take the example of dog flea treatment with Fluralaner, a chemical drug. Fluralaner is a toxic anti-parasite, which, when given to your dog, will poison the fleas or ticks that will drink your dog’s blood.
Concretely, that means that, as a preventive measure, you are poisoning your dog’s bloodstream with a sufficient concentration of a toxic chemical drug so that the fleas that drink your dog’s blood eventually die.
Meanwhile, this toxic product spreads to all organs and tissues of your dog. As a result, the side effects of Fluralaner are numerous and sometimes dreadful, and thousands of dogs have died or become seriously ill.
Of course, alternative side effect-free treatments exist in natural pet care, but they are not as easy to implement compared to using chemical drugs.
That is, more often than we think, the main reason why people are not using natural pet care solutions.
In the case of Fluralaner, the advantage for the dog owner is that, whether used orally in tablet form or transcutaneously in pipettes of products to be applied to the skin spot on, the procedure is simple and requires no effort other than wearing gloves, to not contaminate yourself!
To enjoy this benefit of natural care requires a global effort on various aspects of your pet’s health. In a sense, it is exactly the same as with human health, with the big difference that your pet can’t speak about his problems, it is, therefore, your responsibility, as a pet owner, to identify and address all the needs of your pet.
The reward is that when doing so, the efficiency of natural care often surpasses the temporary results you can get with chemical drugs.
Let’s take our example of dog flea treatment again. If you want to go down the road of natural pet care
You must provide your dog the following:
- A clean living environment, with bedding washed regularly and treated for fleas when necessary with a natural product such as this essential oil spray for example.
- Healthy food. If you want to know more about that, subscribe now and read our ebook “My Vegan Dog”
- Walks in nature while avoiding places that are particularly unsuitable for dogs, such as tall grass, swampy rivers, and overcrowded or dirty dog parks.
- Security check and removal of possible ticks every time you return from a walk
- Appropriate coat care, using gentle but effective essential oils shampoos.
- If needed, a natural pest control collar.
- Regular use of effective anti-parasite sprays with a natural, non-toxic composition.
As you can see, there is a big difference, as a dog owner, between doing all that versus just using a chemical drug.
In our opinion, it is a great occasion for the pet owner to demonstrate his love and affection towards his pet. It has to be reminded here that owning a pet is not just for the good but also for the bad and the ugly.
Pet owners have full responsibility for their pets as the animal itself cannot say or choose instead of his master.
In that sense, we can compare having a pet with having a child, as both of them are under your responsibility.
Today, as an ethical choice, some veterinarians also sell natural pet care products instead of chemical drugs from pharmaceutical industries.
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Different pets, different health cares
Most of the time when people say pets, they mean cats and dogs but in reality, there is a wide range of animal species that are domesticated by humans.
Even if evident, it is fundamental to remind here that all species have their own specific needs and intolerances. Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, they are all different.
For example, essential oils are not recommended for cats, so when it comes to parasite protection, alternative solutions to essential oils with a mix of vinegar are preferable.
This becomes even more complicated when it comes to the use of medication: penicillin, for example, may kill your guinea pig but save your dog.
By domesticating more and more species, humans have created a growing problem for natural pet care and pet care in general.
Some vets are specialized in other pet species than cats and dogs, but do they know about natural alternatives? Very rarely. Therefore, it is much more difficult to use natural care for pets that are neither cats nor dogs.
To get a sense of the problem, here are some examples of nowadays pet species:
- Guinea pigs
- Domestic canary
- Aquarium fish
Apart from that, someone must ask himself the following questions:
Does a snake is meant to live in a bucket? Is a bird meant to live in a cage? Does a fish mean to live in an aquarium?
The answer is, of course, no. Domesticating animals is against nature, and the more species we do so, the more problematic it gets.
Some pet species require such a large amount of time, space, and money just to meet their basic needs that it is almost impossible to offer them health care, natural or not.
This is why we really recommend against having pets other than cats and dogs, as only a few people with real passion and sufficient means can meet their needs.
When it comes to natural health care, it’s true that solutions for dogs, horses and, thirdly, cats are the most accessible to everyone.
Emotional well-being and relationship with pets
Emotional well-being and relationship with your pet is a complex topic that depends on many factors starting with your health and the health of your pet.
Humans can have incredible relationships with animals. Throughout centuries, humans have crafted very special relationships with dogs in particular.
Numerous examples of this unique bond have been related over the ages in stories, tales, books, and songs.
But for this relationship to be positive and rewarding, good communication and trust need to be implemented between the master and the pet.
To do that, dog training is mandatory. There are many different approaches to it, some of which are toxic (domination, coercion, punishment), and they can cause considerable damage to your pet’s mental and physical health.
Therefore we recommend that you seek expert advice from a dog trainer specialist instead of trying out different approaches by just copying advice or methods that you see on the internet.
This expert will be able to study you and your dog and depending on various factors like the dog’s breed, the temperament of the dog and yours, the environment of the dog, etc., he will be able to advise you on a training method adapted to your needs.
Our expert recommendations for healthy pets
The same applies to the animals that share our lives. Living with a sick animal is a source of suffering for all. Yet, in most cases, this risk can be significantly reduced by following basic rules.
As cats and dogs are the most famous pets, these rules apply mostly to them.
Avoid typical breeds with their specific health problems
Dogs from typical breeds will present specific and often inevitable health problems such as:
- Breathing difficulties
- Joint problems
- Eye problems
- Skin problems
These problems are well known depending on each typical breed. If you want to know more about them, just research the internet with the name of the breed.
Avoid unreliable breeders
The pet market is worth billions of dollars worldwide. This inevitably pushed all types of cruelty and irresponsible practices, starting with unreliable breeders but extending to imported puppies, illegal puppies separated too early from their mothers, etc.
In short, try to avoid all supply chains that are perpetrating these mistreatments that increase health and behavioral problems.
Optimally meet your pet’s needs
- Knowing your pet’s specific needs
- Feeding him healthy food
- Using only natural products for maintenance care
- Addressing yourself to a holistic natural health expert to treat dysfunctions that do not require chemical medication or surgery
- Finding a quality veterinarian for needed care
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