There is a growing interest in taking a natural or holistic approach to healthcare, both for people and animals. Many pet owners are now actively seeking out natural remedies and products for both preventative care, and the treatment of certain conditions, particularly if they have had success with natural remedies for themselves.
Natural supplements and remedies can be a safe, and affordable addition to your puppy care routine, and don’t have the potential side-effects of some conventional medications, however any supplement can have side effects. It is often thought that there can’t be side effects if you are using something ‘natural’, however it if often overlooked that a substance that occurs naturally is not being administered naturally if it is given as a supplement.
Obviously, there needs to be a balance between conventional veterinary care and the use of natural remedies, but when you are able to take the best of both worlds, and use them in a complementary way, you are likely to be creating a situation where your puppy is reaping the benefits. Always consult your veterinarian about natural supplements or remedies you are going to use for your dog.
The benefits of natural pet care for your puppy and adult dog may include :
- Better Overall Health – many common dog ailments, such as digestive disorders and allergies, can be prevented or significantly reduced giving rise to a generally healthier dog.
- Longer Lifespan – due to better health and a stronger immune system
- Improved Healing – your pup will heal faster after sickness or injury due to a stronger, healthier immune system.
- Better Quality of Life – a natural approach to pet health care includes treating all the animal as a whole (environmental, behavioral, nutritional etc). By treating causes and not just the symptoms, and using prevention, your pup will be happier as well as healthier.
Natural Dog Food
Puppies grow at a phenomenal rate, and the nutrition during this critical growth period has a huge impact on his future health and well-being. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health, however overfeeding a rapidly growing puppy is a common problem leading to too rapid a growth, particularly in the giant breeds causing great stress on the skeletal system and resulting in bone issues.
Natural dog foods (including holistic/organic options) can provide optimum nutrition for your growing puppy. The benefits include human-grade ingredients, and the absence of hormones, chemicals, additives and other undesirables.
Feeding a natural diet (and that could include a raw diet, or BARF), helps to strengthen your puppys’ immune system, reduce the incidence of allergies, and research has shown that it can also help your pup live a longer life.
Whilst these options are not as available or convenient for everyone, you can put some thought into your purchasing and storage regimes to provide your dog with the best feeding solutions.
Natural Remedies for Dogs
Professional veterinary care is absolutely essential to the health of your puppy and adult dog, there are often situations where a natural supplement or remedy can be very effective. This is especially true in the area of natural preventative care. You should always consult with your veterinarian before beginning any kind of supplement or remedy regime. Forming a relationship with your veterinarian makes diagnosing and dealing any health issues so much easier
It can be common for puppies to develop digestive issues, constipation, flatulence and loose stools. Feeding a natural puppy food may well assist in preventing these sorts of issues, and there’s a good selection of food supplements you can use to prevent/treat specific problems.
There are available natural laxatives, pro-biotics, digestive tonics and other products can assist a puppy who has digestive troubles. The first step is to look carefully at the diet you have chosen and ensure you are not feeding table scraps to your dog. Table scraps are too often high in fats, salt, and toxic ingredients such as onions and garlic.
Another common puppy problem, is allergies, and they most commonly display in dogs as skin or digestive reactions. Many dogs suffer from allergies of one sort or another, some are sensitive or allergic to ingredients in their food, others to environmental or seasonal triggers or parasites such as fleas.
Some veterinary medications such as anti-histamines can actually supress allergy symptoms. Natural remedies however, claim to actually target the imbalances/weaknesses at the root of the problem. Holistic blends of natural vitamins, herbs, and other ingredients may help keep your pups’ immune system functioning at optimum level.
Soothing herbal salves and ointments can help relieve constant scratching, whilst food supplements may help keep your dogs’ coat and skin healthy and supple.
All dog owners know that there are some nasty little creatures who can cause your pup to be miserable – fleas! Fleas aren’t just annoying, they can cause disease, allergies and make your dog positively miserable. There are some very effective flea preventatives, but they do contain harsh chemicals, and can bring their own set of problems. Natural remedies provide a kinder alternative, and can be very effective when used correctly. There are products that you can dust/spray on your pet, and others that can be ingested. Lime is an effective outdoor treatment for eliminating fleas around and under the house and in the yard.