A Mini-Guide to Holistic Pet Care

If you’re concerned about the amount of medication that your pet consumes, never fear – some vets do endorse natural and herb-based treatments for various pet ailments. For those who are curious about the other ways to treat your pet’s discomfort, you’re in luck – holistic pet care is not only a popular option for environmentally- and health-conscious pet owners, but can also save you money. First, though, if your pet is experiencing discomfort, it is always recommended that you take your pet to your veterinarian. If your veterinarian steers you away from holistic care for your dog, make sure you understand the reasons why, and that you follow your vet’s orders.


One of the biggest concerns for pet owners is caring for their aging pet. For joint pain, prevention may not be possible, but you can care for your pet’s joints with some natural solutions. One of the best-known and effective ways of treating joint discomfort is with glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine and chondroitin are naturally-occurring elements in mammal bone cartilage. Omega-3s are also vital in ensuring your pet’s joint care. Omega-3 fatty acids lubricate joints, making it easier and more comfortable for your pet to walk, run, and play. Be mindful of how much Omega-6 you give your pet – it has the power to undermine the effectiveness of the joint-friendly Omega-3s. Another great option for treating joint pain and inflammation is tumeric. Tumeric has been used for inflammation for centuries in different parts of the world. Alfalfa, ginger, and celery can also provide some relief to your pet if they’re experiencing joint pain.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety isn’t something for which you will actually need a medical diagnosis. You may come home to find a pair of shoes torn to shreds, chunks missing from your couch, or your neighbors complaining they heard barking, crying, or howling coming from your home. Separation anxiety affects millions of dogs, making it quite common. Therapy harnesses for dogs have been popular for years, with the best-known brand being the Thundershirt, made particularly for dogs who are frightened by thunderstorms. Thundershirts can also be used to soothe dogs with separation anxiety. Calming treats are also available in pet stores all over the country, and on Amazon. If your dog has dietary restrictions, check with your vet before purchasing the treats. Soothing music, burning essential oil, and leaving something behind that smells like you can also be helpful to ease your anxious dog.


One of the biggest concerns for pet owners is treating pain. Buffered aspirin can be purchased through a couple of online retailers, but some veterinarians generally advise against giving your dog medicine that a doctor has not prescribed. It’s always advised that you listen to your vet, and take their orders over any other recommendation you may find in your research. An increasingly common treatment for pain in dogs has been various forms of hemp, including CBD treats. CBD is a non-psychoactive component of hemp that eases pain and promotes feelings of calmness. There are quite a few options to get this supplement on the market, so call your local pet shops for pricing and availability.