Why Giving Your Pet Natural Care Will Help Him Live Longer

Using preventative medicine is important for people and for pets. Taking a proactive approach to your pet’s health care can help your pet live a longer life. Pet preventative care can help you create a healthy lifestyle for your pet, instead of waiting for disease to set in and then struggling to reverse it. By the time we recognize disease, damage has already occurred.

I am a huge advocate of pet preventative care which incorporates proper nutrition, herbal treatments and homeopathy. Giving your pet natural treatment will keep his body balanced and more able to resist disease. Diseases do not just suddenly appear.  They develop over time. When your pet’s body chemistry is out of balance biochemical changes begin to occur. If left unchecked, these biochemical changes produce structural changes and eventually pathological tissue changes. It is at this point we start to see symptoms of disease.

Your pet’s diet is extremely important. Be sure your pet is eating a high quality food. A homemade food or a raw diet is also advocated by many holistic veterinarians. Pets can be allergic to many ingredients and by-products in commercial pet food. These allergies can put a constant stress on their bodies and eventually lead to disease.

The goal for our pets is to keep the body in a balanced state and support the organs that are constantly under stress from toxic buildup. Toxins that are allowed to remain in the body of your pet reek havoc in his body systems.  These harmful agents will contribute to the damage of DNA strands which leads to cancerous growths. The main job of the liver is to rid your pet’s body of toxins. However, if the liver is not functioning properly, it can not carry out this vital job. Herbs such as milk thistle provide many important benefits to the liver. This soothing tonic can help the liver regain its health and even help repair damage that has already occurred..

A pet preventative care program should also help to build a healthy immune system to guard against pathogens. Astragalus is a powerful herb that furnishes deep immune support and has even been shown to repair DNA strands. Strengthening and balancing the immune system is essential for a pet to maintain healthy body systems. Supplementing with this herb can give your pet natural medicine to achieve this balance.

Unlike people, our pets cannot make their own choices about their health. They are at our mercy to provide them with healthy food and supplements to help them live a richer, longer life. 

Ticks and Your Pet

Ticks can be a major nuisance to your pet and can cause a number of different diseases. In fact, ticks are one of the most problematic of parasites when it comes to transmitting disease. Therefore, in order to keep your pet safe and healthy, it is important to know how to properly remove them and prevent them from using your pet as a host.

Preventing Ticks

There are numerous things you can do to help prevent ticks from infesting your pet. One of the first steps you can take is to make certain the environment is not one in which ticks will flourish. For example, you should be particularly cautious when taking your pet for a walk through the woods, particularly in areas with low brush and tall grass. Certain parts of the country, such as the northeast, have a higher incidence of ticks. Therefore, when traveling in these areas, be certain to wear tick repellent and to have your pet properly protected as well.

There are many different types of products that you can use to help prevent ticks, some of which are available over the counter and some of which need to be prescribed by a veterinarian. These include:

* Sprays
* Dips
* Shampoos
* Powders
* Topical Medications

With the help of these products, you can prevent tick infestation while also making it easier to detach a tick if it does become attached to your pet.

Removing Ticks

If a tick does become attached to your pet, it is important to know how to properly remove the tick. This way, you can remove it completely and safely. In order to remove a tick from your pet, follow these procedures:

* Put on a pair of gloves or otherwise take steps to make certain your skin does not make contact with the tick
* Use a pair of tweezers or a special tick removal device to grab the tick in the area near to its head
* Pull the tick out with slow, gentle pressure
* If the head remains in the skin, grab it with the tweezers and remove it as well

It should be noted that skin often comes off when removing a tick, so don’t be alarmed if this occurs. In some cases, you may not be able to remove the tick’s head if it becomes detached. This generally is not a cause for concern, as your pet’s immune system will expel the head by creating a small abscess or infection. If you are concerned about the area or if a remaining tick part does not seem to be getting expelled from the pet’s body, you may want to contact your veterinarian.

It is important to note that there are several myths about alternate methods for removing ticks. Applying heat or nail polish to the area, for example, are popular myths for tick removal. Neither of these methods is effective for tick removal and should not be utilized. Rather, stick with removing the tick with tweezers in order to achieve the best results.