Does Your Pet Have a Job?

Behavioral problems are one of the most common reasons for pet relinquishment. Put yourself in your pets’ paws. If you were confined indoors, eating bowls of cereal all day long wouldn’t you go a little stir crazy?

Some dogs and cats exhibit destructive behaviors when left alone, not allowed to exercise or fed diets high in starch. Conventional veterinarians attempt to change these behaviors with antipsychotic medications such as amitryptilline, clomipramine or Prozac.

Many animal behaviorists and dog trainers say pets need a job, something to do that is physically and mentally stimulating. A holistic veterinarian believes in addressing the mind, body and spirit with natural means if possible. Before you rescue or purchase a pet, be sure your lifestyle is compatible with the breed type you have selected.

My newly rescued pomeranian corgi mix has shown great aptitude for herding sheep. Herding the sheep at the farm helps him burn some major energy and gives him an outlet for his natural tendency to be an ankle nipper!

My aging terrier/corgi mix stays physically fit by swimming. We get some one on one time, so this activity helps prevent an older pet from getting depressed from in activity.

Let’s not forget about our frustrated felines. Cat trees and a variety of cat toys are a must!

All carnivores should be fed a meat-based diet. Processed, high grain diets can contribute to " sugar jitters" in pets, just as they do in children.

If we do need to help a patient with a medication who is unusually agitated, we can use calming western or Chinese herbals, which are safe and effective. These can be fed orally, mixed into breakfast and supper. In addition, calming essential oils may be dropped onto the pet's bed or diffused into the environment to promote relaxation in everyone!


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