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Pamper Your Pet With Holistic Veterinary Care
September 18th, 2009

Even though holistic veterinary care is still in its infancy, natural remedies may enhance your pet's quality of life.
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by Richard Markosian

If you're a pet owner, chances are your pets have become members of the family--and just like the two legged, upright members of your family; you probably want the four-legged ones to live as long--and healthy--a life as possible. your pet's quality of life and prolong their years is through the use of natural, holistic nutrition and veterinary care. If you're new to the idea of holistic veterinary care, here are some simple ways to get started:

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Kiki enjoying the bountiful harvest in our tomato garden

1) Switch to a healthy, natural, holistic pet food like Innova or Nature's Logic. You can also try making fresh meals from scratch whenever possible. Pets, just like people, should not be raised to live on processed foods alone.

2) Talk to a holistic or naturopathic animal care expert. A holistic practitioner will look at the "whole" of your pet, from nutrition and exercise to sleep patterns and environment. To find one you can trust, check out the listing of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association.

3) When a drug is recommended for your pet, ask if there is an herbal supplement or other natural remedy that could be tried instead of (or along with) the prescription. Many pharmaceuticals merely eliminate symptoms, rather than addressing the cause of pain and dysfunction. Veterinarians are starting to acknowledge the benefits of chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, herbs, and bach flower remedies--either used alone or in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine.

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