are wide reaching benefits of natural pet care that often go unnoticed.
While natural products are better for the environment and are often viewed
as a niche product for the ‘environmentalist type’, there are
clear and practical benefits of natural pet care for all ‘pet owner
types’. To start, natural food and treats can greatly benefit a pet.
Natural ingredients are digested better by pets, and the nutrients are
absorbed quicker. It has been shown that a high quality diet while often
more expensive to purchase saves the pet owner money in the long run as
pets experience much better health than those with a poorer quality diet.
Not only are vet bills reduced, but the pet’s quality of life is
markedly improved. For those who doubt the benefit of a quality diet can
simply use people as a comparison. Healthier people have healthier diets
as do pets. Also, allergies and food sensitivities are not uncommon for
pets, and specially formulated natural diets often rectify this problem.
Natural remedies are another great resource for pet owners. Certainly there
are times that prescriptives and other treatments are needed. However,
natural remedies are an excellent first choice for a variety of reasons.
First, natural remedies don’t have the negative side effects that
other treatments can have. One of the difficulties in treating pets is
that they can’t tell you what’s wrong or if they are experiencing
negative effects of a medication. Also, some treatments have negative
long term effects that natural remedies rarely do. Natural remedies are
generally safer in the short and long run. Second, many natural remedies
are more effective as they body absorbs them quicker and more effectively.
This certainly isn’t a concrete rule, and care should be taken
no matter what treatment is decided on. Finally, natural remedies are
frequently more affordable. Prescription drugs are often more expensive
due to testing, licensing, and other business factors.
Natural supplements also provide many wonderful benefits to pets. While
a good general supplement often aids in good pet health, there are specific
natural supplements that aid pets with specific conditions. Pets with
arthritis and joint problems, skin issues, even anxiety, or motion sickness
can find help with natural supplements. These supplements can usually
be taken along with a prescriptive plan, and even instead of prescriptives
in some cases.
Another natural treatment for pets is physical therapy. This comes in a
variety of forms, and it may garner chuckles from friends when you tell
them that you are taking your dog for a massage. However, massage along
with other forms of physical therapy can be quite beneficial to a pet.
For some pets it is an effective treatment after an accident or injury.
Others who have arthritis, joint, or muscle problems due to age or strenuous
work may benefit from physical therapy. For older dogs therapy can often
be a better option than surgery as the risks of surgery for older pets
often warrant an alternative treatment. Taking a look at natural alternatives
can be of benefit to you and your pet. Consulting a vet about any treatment
or change in diet is wise.