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, then naturopathy employs the use of nature’s remedies such as herbs, essential oils, minerals, etc., in addition to the laws of health, to support the body so it can bring itself back into balance. No doctor or veterinarian of any kind can heal anyone, the body heals itself. Animal Naturopaths work with the animal’s owner/care giver to naturally spark the immune system to balance and thrive. ~ Dr. Jeannie Thomason, animal naturopath
Laws of Health for Animals
Animal Naturopathy is the natural alternative to animal health care – it is not as some people think – holistic veterinary care. naturopathy and veterinary medicine are opposites.
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.
Animal naturopaths are focused on promoting, restoring and maintaining health rather than treating disease by teaching and following 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 people on how to care for and make healthy decisions for their pets.
The way naturopathy views illness, particularly an acute illness is the body is working to remove any of the morbid matter clean house, and get 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 the dis-ease.
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.
People have come to believe that their pet’s health (and their own) isn’t something you 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.
Animal naturopathy is a proactive approach; a daily investment in the health of your pets by honoring the lifestyle each species was designed for in order to thrive. It 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; mind, body, and spirit being the integral, interdependent parts that make up the whole animal. Animal naturopaths use the symptoms as a road map to the underlying cause of the imbalance.
For us, nutrition is the cornerstone of health for all animals. What we feed our pets is critical to keeping their bodies in balance and it always needs to be a species specific and appropriate diet.
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.
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