Tuesday, May 29, 2018

6 Guidelines for Holistic Pet Care

Thinking about the health of your animal can be a lot like thinking about your own health.

With your own health, your choices may reflect your current health status and any medical conditions you may have. And you make choices based on the current health care system and insurance options.

You may look for healthcare professionals who have the same mindset for health and wellness that you do. You may explore alternative therapies for your ailments as well as your continued wellness. What you may not know is that many of these same treatments and therapies are available for your animals.

In fact, there are three overarching categories that share many of the same practices but follow different methodologies in healthcare:
  • conventional Western (“allopathic”) medicine
  • holistic medicine
  • integrative medicine
The current medical industry mostly follows the conventional Western practice of looking at the patient as a series of symptoms. You only go when you are hurt or sick, get a diagnosis and a prescription. Disease puts a negative connotation on the situation.

With all of these possibilities for your own health care, it should come as no surprise that veterinary care has followed a similar trajectory. Unfortunately, depending on the species of your precious family member, research and best medical practices for health, wellness, and treatment may not be as well developed as those for other animals or humans. 

This can make holistic medicine a very useful approach for the treatment of your pet. Holistic health care looks at health from a different point of view.

Holism or holistic thinking attempts to understand your pet as a whole. This means looking at your animal from many angles: genetics, physical body, mind, behavior, age, spirit, nutrition, exercise, the physical environment. The focus of holistic medicine is overall health including prevention, complementary or alternative therapies for your pet. 
Holistic treatments are more realistic, more proactive, creating overall health. Health is not just an absence of disease symptoms: it's a continuum of higher and higher levels of well-being.  A pet that is at a high level of health is going have a higher quality of life. – Margaret Ravenel, CARP

Here’s what you need to keep in mind when considering holistic health care for your pet:

1. If you are looking for a holistic vet, make sure you understand what “holism” means to them, including their experiences as a holistic vet, training and how they came to be a holistic vet. 

2. Make sure you understand your veterinary office’s philosophy of animal health and wellness in general. This is vital if you are advocating an alternative therapy or treatment with which they are unfamiliar.

In a recent experience with a veterinarian, she did not want to talk about nutrition. It made me want to ask her, “Well, do you pay attention to what you put in your body?”  And if so, why wouldn’t you want to pay attention to what you put in your animal’s body? – Margaret Ravenel, CARP

3. Observation is key. Keeping notes about your pet’s diet and behavior may seem trivial, but a pet care professional may see trends that can help address an issue. Making small changes to your pet’s care can lead to monumental changes in their overall health, such as shifting away from pet foods that have artificial dyes or adjusting the humidity in the air to prevent dry skin and excessive scratching. 

4. Ask questions about the pros and cons of the alternative therapy that you think may help your pet. Whether asking a pet care professional, researching online, or talking with other pet owners on what they have used, learning all you can about a therapy can help you discuss the best options with your veterinarian. Therapies including Reiki, acupuncture, flower essences, nutrition, essential oils, supplements, homeopathy, grounding, applied kinesiology, herbal therapy, or homeopathy may be of benefit to your animal.

5. Keep in mind that every creature is different and responds differently to different treatments. What works for one of your animals may not be an effective therapy for another of your animals.

6. The best practice is prevention. This means creating a healthy lifestyle for your pet that includes proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy physical and emotional environment. 

Help keep your pet healthy by exploring all options for the best therapies available.

Friday, March 2, 2018

What is Reiki for Pets?

A baby goat is now happily running around in its pen. Just a few days ago, though, it wasn’t; it was on its deathbed. That’s when Pet Reiki practitioner Margaret Ravenel showed up. Using non-verbal energy techniques, she helped the little goat regain the will to fight for its own life.

"'Let's fight.'" Margaret, in effect, told the animal, "'Even though your mom's not here, other people are here to help you.' So now he's kicking and screaming and having a great old time. I went out and saw him this afternoon; he's two weeks old now… By just infusing him with that energy, he's doing a lot better."

We all live in a world of complex family relationships – and that includes your furred, feathered, and four-legged family: the beloved animal that may have stumbled into your life, the stray who kept hanging around, the pet who came home with you from the local shelter or after a search for a particular breed. Regardless of how they found you, these amazing creatures provide vital links to health and well-being. Your pets are attuned to changes in the emotional environment of your household. Unwittingly, you often receive energy healing from your animals as they seek to calm and relax you.

And, like you, your pets can also suffer trauma. This trauma can be physical, mental, or emotional and it can manifest in an acute or chronic illness. When pets also experience their own traumas, Reiki is a gentle therapy you can use to help them.

Seeking treatment for your animal companion may be as stressful and traumatic as finding medical care for any family member – or for yourself. Healthcare for your pet follows a course similar to your own health care, which may involve complementary treatments beyond the usual Western medical model. Many alternative therapies are just as applicable to healing animals.

Reiki is one of those alternative therapies. Reiki addresses the natural flow of energy through the body. Pet owners choose Reiki for their animals for the same reasons they would choose alternative therapies for themselves:
  • Reiki is natural, non-toxic, non-invasive, with no adverse side effects.
  • Reiki promotes self-healing.
  • Reiki is complementary to other healing modalities.
  • Reiki addresses acute and chronic physical ailments.
  • Reiki addresses emotional issues.
  • Reiki addresses behavioral issues.
  • Animals are naturally receptive to Reiki.
  • Reiki can be applied to any species in any circumstance: wild, domesticated, rescues.
  • Reiki increases trust and bonding between animals and humans.
“I'll ask the universe to show me where the animal is having challenges,” Margaret explains. “I don't ask for pain or anything specific… So I usually use the pendulum and I scan the whole body. And then from there, I focus in on different chakras. And it's a different feeling for each one. It can be a vibration. It can be an intense heat. It can be something physically in my body that I'm picking up through theirs. I can physically take on whatever they're experiencing, but I don't have to attach it to myself. So I can feel what they're going through, but then I can dismiss it and let it go out of my energy field.”

Margaret works with dogs, cats, horses, goats, and any other pets who need some healing attention. If your furred, feathered, or four-legged family members need some help, offer them the good vibrations of a healing Pet Reiki experience!