In the United States, we take our pets very seriously. Over 90 million dogs reside in American households, and an even higher number of cats live with their human pets. Our furry friends, to many of us, represent part of the family.
Similarly to how we deal with our children, we pay attention to our pet’s diets, their behavior, and their health in general. Not only do we want them to consume the healthiest food, but when they have physical health problems, anxiety or mood concerns we want the best care possible for them.
How the holistic movement has influenced pet care:
Many Americans now know, that feeding our kids sugary snacks, processed meats, and fast food leads to overweight, lethargic, and agitated children. When we finally read the ingredients on some of the popular commercial brands of pet food, we noticed a long list of useless and even harmful substances. The inadequacy in some long-running pet food brands opened the door to a plethora of nutritiously formulated pet foods.
The way we think of our pet’s food represents just the start of the holistic pet care movement. These days, herbalists, chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturist and more specialize in pet care. Almost any type of alternative health care professional available to ourselves and our children have their veterinarian counterparts.
Of course, we take our dogs and cats to the Vet for general check-ups and vaccinations, but when our pets become ill, we think twice about some of the pharmaceuticals prescribed. As with humans, some of the “wonder drugs” out there come with annoying to life-threatening side-effects such as liver and kidney damage.