What is Animal Naturopathy? Animal Naturopathy is a treatment regime taking a holistic approach to the health of the mind, the body of animal in a combination of therapies are used to strengthen the ’ immune system, which enables the body to rebalance and return to its authentic healthy state. .
The wellness treatment plan When you visit for your initial consultation, a detailed case history will be taken of your pets’ health and behaviour. From this starting point I will provide a unique combination of physical therapies, (Massage and Bowen) , plus Herbal dietary support, Homeopathic remedies, and possibly Flower essences.
Modern World Stress Everything these days runs at a faster pace - life is busy and stressful at times and our pets can absorb our stress and worries and express them in a variety of ways. Such as anxiety, behavioural changes, digestive upsets and skin disorders. An anxious dog may benefit from Massage therapy, nutritional supplementation, and herbal adaptogen support, to enhance relaxation, and gut function, in order to keep the body processes in a healthy state. When the body is left long term in the Sympathetic fight and flight zone, this will have an affect on the digestive processes, possibly leading to leaky gut, skin irritations, or even insulin desensitization, which can lead to deeper metabolic disorders such as Pancreatitis, and Cushings syndrome. These issues respond very well to herbal medicines.
The Different Therapies Used
Real food is the cornerstone of health. The best results in animal health are gained, when changes are made towards feeding a natural unprocessed diet. Can you imagine living on takeaway food your whole life? It may keep you alive, but not healthy, happy and full of energy.
This gentle, physical therapy helps the body remember how to heal itself. This simple yet powerful technique sends neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction.
A hands on therapeutic treatment aimed at improving the circulation to strained and stressed areas of muscle. This process also activates lymphatic drainage of built up toxins bringing fresh blood to the area to enhance the healing and relaxation process during injury recovery, or to help with anxiety issues, as well as rehabilitation and senior dog support.
Animals respond very well to flower essences. Many physical ailments often link to a deeper emotional issue. For example, a pet may exhibit skin disorders after the arrival of a new baby. Animals can be affected by anxiety, jealousy, stress and loneliness, just as people are, and in these cases flower essences will be very helpful in modifying the undesirable behaviours that go along with these emotions, such as aggression, excessive licking and indoor urinating or defecating for example. A combination of flower essences will be made up to suit the individual personality.
Herbal and nutritional supplements
Many essential digestive enzymes and nutrients are unfortunately destroyed during the high heat processes of commercial food manufacture. This inevitably leaves the animals’ diet deficient. Supplements are an ideal way to provide these missing components. Herbs can do much more than provide vitamins and minerals; as they contain the instinctive ‘x’ factor, which leads to higher energy levels, and overall well being, such as a playful nature, and shiny coat, a lust for life. I prescribe both TCM Chinese formulas and Western Homeobotanical liquids.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of ‘Like cures like’. Substances that cause a symptom can be relieved by taking a very diluted and safe dose of the same substance, in order to stimulate the body’s own healing forces.
Homeopathy can be used to help a wide range of symptoms from skin disorders, musculoskeletal problems, digestive disorders, kidney and bladder ailments and emotional issues to name but a few. The remedies are easy to administer and in many cases fast acting.