These days there is a lot of awareness about being healthy and going natural! While we may have lots of great ideas about natural health care for ourselves, many of us don’t know how we can also care naturally for our pets. Read on for some great ideas!

Like humans, the best and most natural way to stay healthy is by taking preventative measures. Just like us, pets benefit from a good diet and exercise. Read our December 2012 blog “You Are What You Eat! Picking a Good Pet Food” for an overview of how to pick the best food for your pet. For exercise, most dogs benefit from a daily walk of at least 30 minutes – this is also great for our health!

Vaccinating is also an excellent preventative measure to keep your pet healthy. However, some pets do suffer from vaccine reactions, and some pet parents are concerned about over vaccinating their pets. Talk to the veterinarians at Chestermere Veterinary Clinic about titre testing. A blood sample is taken from your pet and tested for the level of immunity remaining in the blood. Sometimes immunity from vaccines lasts longer than the recommended vaccination schedule, and so if your pet’s test comes back showing that they are still immune, they can wait longer to have that vaccine.

Other preventative measures for pets include:
-maintaining oral hygiene: brushing your pets teeth and feeding them a good dental diet, and having dental cleanings and extractions done when needed.
spaying and neutering: helps to prevent some behavioral and health concerns such as territoriality, roaming, and cancers of the sexual organs.

Holistic medicine and therapies may also be beneficial to your pet, if they suffer from a disease or health condition. If these types of alternative therapies are of interest to you, talk to your veterinarian to see if they think these therapies might benefit your pet, or ask for a referral to a holistic practitioner. Holistic pet care includes things like chinese herbal remedies, chiropractics, massage, physical therapy and hydrotherapy.

Lastly, there are also many natural pet products your veterinarian can recommend to you for your pets care. Whenever your pet is prescribed something, ask if there is a more natural approach that could be used to help the concern. Some products include pheromone therapy for behavioral concerns, or vitamins and supplements for skin conditions and arthritis.

If you have any other questions regarding natural pet health care, speak to the team at Chestermere Veterinary Clinic today at 403-272-3573, e-mail us at chestvet@telus.net or visit us at www.chestermerevet.com.

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