Some people assume that the standard chemical/synthetic version will always be the best option. I hear this often, “yeah, I wanted to use a natural option, but I wanted to be sure it fixed the problem so I used XYZ.”
Being in the field I am in, I look back to nature often. Whether to question why something is happening or to determine the next best step. I have trusted natural choices in my own pets for the past several years and they are the healthiest pets I’ve ever had. This isn't a coincidence. Their good health is by design, not by chance.
When do natural options fall through?
When we’re throwing a bunch of natural things at a problem because we heard it could help.
When natural options are used in this way, you don’t get your desired end result. This would be like trying to hammer a nail into a board, yet you are throwing random objects in the dark and hoping one of these objects hammer the nail in.
Just like with standard options, you need to be specific with natural options. Just because you searched “Dr. Google,” doesn’t mean it is the right choice. If you’re not sure where to go with selecting a natural option, you need to find a professional who is. This can change the above analogy from something frustrating to turning on the lights and using the hammer.
Does “tried and true,” or more well-known make it a better option?
Not all the time. A lot of standard options may help the problem, but they usually come along with side effects. Additionally, many go against the normal processes of the body to achieve their results.
If my dog has a health crisis or traumatic event, like breaking their leg, I would not waste a single moment thinking of a natural treatment. I’m going to get them into their vet as soon as possible to get checked out and treated.
While I love natural options, you have to be smart and use common sense when deciding these things. It’s always a good thing to know of an animal hospital nearby to help you with any acute condition that may pop up.
Where can you find a professional that can provide natural options with your pet?
Depending on your pet’s circumstance, you can look through the following directories:
Holistic DVMs: http://www.ahvma.org/find-a-holistic-veterinarian/
Certified Animal Chiropractors: http://www.AVCAdoctors.com and http://www.IVCA.de
Animal Naturopaths: http://www.animalnaturopathy.org/practitioners/
Veterinary Acupuncture: http://www.aava.org/ and https://www.ivas.org/
Animal Acupressure and Massage: http://nbcaam.org/
A question to leave you with…
Many people turn to natural options after they have exhausted all traditional options with little to no results.
I want to leave you with this thought: as long as your pet is not in an emergency or acute situation why not try something natural first?
Just remember to be sure you have professional support to help you in this area. This will help to make sure what you are doing for your pet is appropriate and will help you reach your end goal.