By Dr. Jeannie Thomason & Dr. Kim Bloomer
Animal Naturopathy: The Natural Alternative For Animal Care
When your companion animal’s body is out of balance, the body itself does all it can to bring it back into balance. However, in most cases today the animal’s immune system has been compromised and does not have the strength to bring things back into homeostatis on its own.
Naturopathy employs the use of nature’s remedies such as nutrition, exercise, the use of herbs, essential oils, minerals, etc., in addition to applying the laws of health; to support the body and aid in bringing it back into balance.
No doctor, veterinarian, herbalist, homeopath or animal naturopath can HEAL a body, the body actually heals itself. Animal Naturopaths work with the animal’s owner/care giver to find and remove the cause of illness or dis-ease and then naturally support and spark the immune system back in to balance. ~ Dr. Jeannie Thomason, animal naturopath
Laws of Health for Animals
Animal Naturopathy is the natural alternative to conventional veterinary care – However, it is not “holistic” veterinary care as some people think. Naturopathy and veterinary medicine are opposites.
Naturopathy views illness, particularly an acute illness as the body working to remove morbid matter from the body, cleaning house, and getting things back into harmonious working condition.
While modern medicine tends to look at all “germs” as the enemy to be eradicated, naturopathy teaches that germs are all around us, and that bodies are made up of around 39 trillion bacterial cells. If we continue to always try to eradicate them, then we’re killing off ourselves and our animals as well in the process.
The body must be properly supported according to its species needs, when it is not, then eventually the body wears out and surrenders to dis-ease.
More and more people have come to believe that their pet’s health (and their own) isn’t something you just surrender to a doctor or veterinarian who then tells you what to do when you do get sick. That is not health nor is it health care. That is disease care.
Species Specific nutrition is the cornerstone of health for all animals. What we feed our companion animals is critical to keeping their bodies in balance. However, just feeding the very best raw, species specific diet is not the end all, be all for thriving health. It is the foundation on which to build on though and without it, just natural remedies or following one or two of nature’s laws will never produce a truly healthy, naturally immune animal.
Animal naturopathy is a proactive approach; a daily investment in the health of your companion animals by honoring the lifestyle each species was designed for in order to thrive. Naturopathy approaches health or disease with the whole animal in mind, not just the symptoms of disease being the determining factor on whether or not an animal is well or sick. The whole animal, mind, body, and spirit are the integral, interdependent parts that make up the whole animal. Animal naturopaths use symptoms of dis-ease as a road map to the underlying cause of the imbalance and teach how to be rid of that cause and then work with nature to help the animal bring itself back into thriving balance.
Most Americans don’t even know what animal naturopathy is much less that it is a choice and a natural alternative to even so called “holistic” veterinary care. Animal naturopaths are often mistaken for holistic veterinarians and while they can sometimes complement each other, their roles are quite different.
“Holistic veterinarians” are all initially conventionally trained and then later seek out the additional training in holistic modalities. Many of them offer a variety of services while some focus entirely on a modality of choice. Both holistic veterinarians and conventional veterinarians diagnose, prescribe and treat disease although so called holistic veterinarians sometimes choose to utilize some natural, holistic methods of treatment along side the use of conventional medications. Their focus is mainly on relieving symptoms. Not necessarily on true health or healing.
Animal naturopaths are focused on promoting, restoring and maintaining health rather than treating symptoms of disease. We educate/teach and follow the laws of health mandated in nature. We do not diagnose, treat disease, prescribe medications or perform surgery. Our role as animal naturopaths is to guide, teach and empower animal owners on how to care for and make healthy decisions for their furry family members.
Animal Naturopaths offer consultations, educate, instruct and empower animal owners to be responsible for the health of their animals rather than surrendering that power to someone else.
We consider ourselves true doctors – the word “doctor” originally meant “teacher” or physician, (the word physician is from the Greek word, “physis” which translates and means “nature”). Animal naturopaths are really nature teachers or “doctors” in every true sense of the word!
Animal naturopaths also understand that as the animal’s body purges itself of toxins; (right down to the very cells) that symptoms may manifest in the form of a fever, cough, hotspots, etc. So, rather than suppress the toxin elimination the consultant/practitioner seeks to support the animal’s body naturally and spark the immune system without the assistance of synthetic drugs, but rather use nature and its modalities.
Animal naturopaths follow the laws of health for their own animals as well as that of their clients which includes nutrition, fresh air, sunshine, pure water, exercise, proper rest, temperance and trust in divine power. In addition animal naturopaths will use (when needed to help assist the body’s innate healing ability) supplements, essential oils, herbs, homeopathy, acupressure, massage, etc., depending on their preferences and the extent of additional training.
Animal naturopaths respect the animal as a whole, and seek to support the animal as mind, body, and spirit, in totality rather than as parts of that whole. We instruct and empower people to be responsible for the health of their own animals rather than surrendering that power.
Sadly, most people seek out animal naturopaths only after exhausting all other avenues that most often further debilitate their pets health and well-being. As a result, animal naturopaths must also focus on assisting the animal’s body back into homeostasis (or balance) but it can be very challenging after the conventional drugs, vaccines, and processed foods have already wrecked their havoc on the body.
Animal Naturopathy is based upon 6 principles and 8 laws of nature or health see the 6 principles here
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