You may not have heard of this particular holistic modality before, but you are going to want to!
Pet owners can learn this technique and perform it on their pet right from the comfort of their home. I'm a big advocate for empowering pet owners to take an active role in the health of their animals.
Have you ever had that helpless feeling in the pit of your stomach that can arise when a health concern develops with your pet and you feel that there's nothing you can do to assist them? You are anxious to get your animal into the vet's office for help. Now what if you had some tools in your tool box that you could safely use to assist your pet right away - at home? That would be pretty great huh?
Essential Point Therapy is such a tool! It combines the use of therapeutic essential oils and acupuncture to create a powerhouse therapy that anyone can learn.
Essential (essential oils) + Point (acupuncture point) = Therapeutic results!
Then I found out about a new course developed by Dr. Dennis Thomas, DVM on this very type of therapy! Super cool!
I can tell you that the course is chock full of valuable information that will help pet owners take charge of their animals' care. Dr. Thomas goes over the location of a bunch of different acupuncture points on video with a trusty demo dog (who's behavior is impeccable I might add!). I was able to gain the knowledge I needed to be able to use this therapy more frequently and in different situations. If I need to refresh my memory on where a certain point is, I just log in to the course and skip to the spot in the applicable video. Easy!
The course covers the most common type of ailments - the acupuncture points that will be beneficial, suggestions on what oils to use, along with other supplements. Plus there are a number of bonus video's on other holistic pet care topics that are included.
All in all I give this course 2 paws up! and Dennis is a down to earth, kind man with the knowledge and drive to help people support their pets holistically. As a pet owner its a nice feeling to have a supportive holistic vet cheering you on!
If you are looking for a modality you can use to help animals on your terms! I would encourage you to check out Essential Point Therapy!
"Bring healing, give balance, and restore long lasting health to your pet-with nothing but your hands."
P.S. - there's also some good reading on his blog :-)
I believe that nutrition is the foundation of health. It's a phrase that is used frequently, but what does it really mean? To me it means that without a solid foundation of appropriate nutrition, health will not be achieved. There are millions of chemical reactions that support the health of the body which are not able to occur unless the animal is ingesting the required nutrients for these reactions to take place.
The food our pets eat is broken down in the digestive system. This breaking down process is accomplished by acids, enzymes and microbes. Protein for example is broken down into individual amino acids. Once the food is broken down into nutrients, these are able to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. From there the nutrients can be transported where ever they are needed in the body through the blood. Blood delivers water, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucose, oxygen, salts, hormones and proteins to all the cells in the body.
An animal's metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical reactions that are constantly occurring within their tissues. The three main purposes of metabolism are to convert food to energy, to convert food to building blocks and to eliminate wastes. These chemical reactions are what allow the animal to grow, repair and maintain their physical bodies. In order to keep up with an ever changing environment, the reactions of metabolism is finely regulated to maintain a constant condition within the cells, a process called homeostasis.
Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they act as catalysts - allowing reactions to proceed rapidly, and regulating the rate of metabolic reactions. Vitamins and minerals function as co-enzymes and co-factors, which can be thought of as helpers that are required in order for enzymes to carry out a chemical reaction. Most vitamins and minerals need to be supplied from the diet as they cannot be synthesized by the cells.
The food our pets eat is what gives their bodies all the information and materials they need to function properly. If they don't get the right food that carried the right information and materials, they become undernourished, metabolic processes suffer and their health will decline.
Nutrients give our pets:
1)Instructions about how to function and
2)The resources to carry out those functions
The foods our pets eat along with what they are exposed to in their environment directly affects their DNA and its expression. Epigenetic factors (beyond the gene) are directly and indirectly influenced by the presence or absence of key nutrients in the diet, as well as exposure to toxins, chemicals, pathogens and other environmental factors.
Food is the primary way that we are all interacting with our environment and it can alter genetic information in the space of a single generation. Researchers have come to understand that how any particular gene is expressed, is determined by epigenetic up or down regulation in response to certain nutrients. For example - if there is not enough calcium and vitamin D in the body, certain genes remain dormant (turned off) and less bone is built in the body. Until the required nutrients are again available. A dormant or "turned off" gene can be turned back on and function optimally in the right environment.
Your pet can have the a super healthy lifestyle - getting the right amount of exercise and rest, a low stress environment, low exposure to toxins and so on, but without proper nutrition they will still not be able to maintain their health effectively.
You might wonder if your pet needs a vitamin or mineral supplement. Read more about that here.
The bottom line is that food has incredibly powerful effects upon the body and there are no shortcuts or magic pills to pop that will compensate for poor nutrition.
Support your pet's good health with a solid foundation through excellent nutrition!
Check out other blog posts on the topic of nutrition.
All supplements are not created equal!
One of the biggest problems with vitamin supplements occurs when they are created through synthetic means. Synthetic vitamins are created in a laboratory (not by nature) and do not contain the same compounds as found in nature.
Contrary to popular belief, a recent study has confirmed that dogs do in fact create Amylase in their saliva.
Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down starch during the digestion process. It has long been thought that dogs did not create ANY amylase in their saliva, only in the pancreas. Previous studies failed to detect amylase in canine saliva.
A lack of amylase in canine saliva has been used to support the notion that dogs are carnivores, not omnivores. So what is the relevance of this finding that dogs DO create amylase in their saliva? Does this mean dogs are actually omnivores?
Not so fast...keep in mind that what happens in the dog's mouth is just one small part of the whole digestion process. To understand what a dog's dietary needs are, the entire digestive process should be understood.
No one can deny that the cost of Veterinary Care is rising. Medications and procedures can be quite taxing on the wallet.
One of the wonderful benefits of raising your dog using the principles of Naturopathy is that many health problems are prevented, keeping your spending on medical care to a minimum.
Natural modalities are also generally lower in cost than conventional treatments.
Years ago I was faced with the possibility of a huge medical bill for one of my dogs. We ended up at a specialist due to hind limb paralysis. This was a young dog with no history of trauma. The paralysis developed over about 24 hours.
We know that good health is dependent upon a healthy gut, both in people and animals. Unfortunately thousands of pets are facing a continual assault on their gastrointestinal system causing nagging symptoms to develop that diminish their quality of life and shorten their lifespan.
The belief in the healing power of nature is one of the core principles of Naturopathy.
This healing power is an inherent, self-organizing, ordered healing process of ALL living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. There are natural laws surrounding life, health and disease. These laws involve living in harmony with nature and recognizing the wisdom of the body to heal itself.
The role of naturopathic practitioners is to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of both a healthy internal and external environment.
Does pork have a similar flavor and consistency to human flesh? (I don't know the answer to that!)
If you feed your dog pork are they going to see you as "the meal" instead of the server of their meal? Perhaps feeding pork is the real cause of human dog bites and attacks?
There is not a single kibble on the market today that is"healthy" to feed your dog or cat.
No, I haven't evaluated every single kibble out there. But such a task is completely unnecessary in order to state that none of them offer optimal nutrition. It's the way in which kibble is made that is the big problem. Even if you start with the most nutritious ingredients - the kibble that you end up with is not providing the nourishment needed for your pet to thrive.
The first problem is that kibble cannot be made without including a high amount of starch. It won't form into pellets without starch. Of course "grain free" pet foods have become very popular because pet owners realize that their dogs and cats A do not require carbs and B they are being used as cheap fillers so the pet food companies can make more profits. Dogs and cats gain no benefits by eating carbs, quite the contrary actually.
Cat's and dogs may love their toys, but many are made using cheap materials that can be quite harmful to our pets health. Sadly there aren't any standards to keep toxins out of pet toys.
It's up to the consumer to investigate the safety of a toy before giving it to their animal to play with.
Think about how your pet might carry their toys around in their mouth, lick them, lay on them, chew them and even sometimes swallow them - or pieces they have chewed off. If that toy contained a toxic substance then they are certainly getting exposed to it.
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