Remote Healing Session for "ALL ANIMALS"
Sessions start at a scheduled time and last a total of 60 minutes.
Nearly all of Bayday's healing work with animals is done using Distance Energy
Healing, connecting with your animal companion’s energetic, or spirit
You will not be on the phone during your animal’s session. An email will be sent within 24 hours after session, with information on Healing session.
Before the appointment begins, try to create a quiet space for
your animal companion to be relaxed and comfortable.
connection will start and sets the intention that this session is in your
animal’s highest good.
Using a variety of transpersonal and energetic approaches, Bayday connects with
your animal companion’s spirit body and uses Energy Healing to help them release
areas where there may be stuck or dense energy.These areas are what cause physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual
Energy Healing gets these congested areas moving again, bringing balance
back to the body.
Symptoms are usually relieved or disappear completely. Chronic conditions may
require more frequent sessions in the beginning, then decreasing frequency as
At other times, energy healing gives an animal comfort in
their final days and helps with their transitioning process.
As much as we do not like to think about it, emergencies do happen. Bayday is available 24/7 in such cases. No extra fee.
Energy Healing.. is helpful for healing conditions that are physical,
emotional, and spiritual. Benefits may include:
from past abuse, neglect
energy and vitality
energies of overwhelm, fear, anxiety, depression
& emotional health
and improved sleep
As a gentle and non-invasive healing method, these energies do not interfere
with medical treatments. Instead they enhance these treatments, promoting faster
recovery time and reducing or eliminating the need for medications.
are Healing Reactions?
Occasionally after a session, your pet may experience a healing
reaction. In the process of healing, toxins are released from the body causing
symptoms that may feel similar to the old condition or emotional issue, but in a
This is temporary and usually only lasts a couple of days.The old condition is moving
and healing is occurring.
The words and images received, are spontaneous and specific to the healing session, not actual
conversations with your animal companion.
Contact Bayday to set up an appointment. 24/7
Click on distant healings on web-site, Please specify day and time you need session.
Are you exhausted?
Too much weight on your shoulders?
Too many med's?
or simply feeling crummy?
Reiki energy therapy, sends new waves of vibrations/frequencies throughout the bodies systems, including our subtle bodies/aura and chakras. It helps release old patterns, no matter what they are or where there at, within us. You feel lighter and more joyful...give it a try...its pretty cool!!
|Natural Insect Repellents
How to Repel Insects Naturally!
Did you know that Catnip Oil spray is reported to be ten times more effective than DEET (the unsavory toluene based chemical used in commercial insect sprays)?
With rising concerns about the toxicity of conventional flea and tick control, some pet owners are looking for natural alternatives:
Rose Geranium. Rose Geranium has been used as an extremely potent repellent for ticks. Rose Geranium can be applied directly to your dog's collar, or try the following blend as a tick repellent for both you and your dog: 20 drops of Rose Geranium Oil, 3 drops of Citronella Oil and Bay Leaf Tincture in 10 ounces of water. Spray this on your dog, your dog's bed, your clothes, and exposed areas.
- Catnip Oil spray. Reported to be ten times more effective than DEET (the toluene based chemical used in commercial insect sprays), Taos Herb Company's Catnip Oil Spray is an all natural alternative for pesky insects.
- Neem Oil has been used as a mosquito, flea, and tick repellent.
Put a bit of neem oil on your hands and rub it all over your dog's coat. It's a great conditioner and gives her coat a beautiful shine, and it also keeps away fleas, ticks (to some extent), mites, mosquitoes and other biting critters.
Pour 10 oz. of organic jojoba oil or organic aloe vera gel through the funnel into a spray bottle. The jojoba oil or aloe vera gel serves as a base to dilute the neem oil. Pour 1/2 oz. of organic neem oil through the funnel into the bottle. Shake the natural neem tick repellent before each use. Spray it lightly onto the fur of pets, avoiding the face, once every two weeks. Apply the neem oil liberally onto your skin before hiking or going into wooded areas.
Neem Oil for Landscaping
Neem oil is an organic pest control remedy that is simple and effective on controlling repels aphids, thrips or whitefly. The greatest benefit of using neem oil is that it doesn’t harm beneficial insects: Butterflies, earthworms, and bees all help plants pollinate and absorb nutrients.
Oil of Citronella has been used for over 50 years as an insect repellent and as an animal repellent
Citronella, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Garlic and Cinnamon oils have traditionally been applied externally to exposed neck, ankles, and hands to discourage biting gnats.
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus has been used as a mosquito repellent in Europe, Latin America, and Australia and in Asia since the 1980s. It's pleasant smell and feel on the skin make it preferable mosquito protection to those with sensitive skin and irritable olfactory senses.
- mosquito repellents with oil of lemon eucalyptus are much less harsh on the skin compared to mosquito repellents containing DEET.
Use as a bug repellent for stinging or biting bugs.
Natural Jungle Juice Recipe
A blend of essential oils of clove, peppermint, and lemon.
Tested in the jungles of cambodia and Brazil, Jungle Juice has been shown to be effective for up to six hours against mosquitoes, flies, ticks and gnats, including the Brazilian sand fly. It contains no citronella oil and has a pleasant, spicy aroma.
All Purpose Insect/Tick Repellent Spray Recipe:
Basic Essential Oil Repellent Recipe
10 to 25 drops essential oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive oil is fine)
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.
Note: Dilute, Dilute, Dilute
Essential Oils are very concentrated and must be used carefully. Some essential oils can aggravate the skin. Undiluted essential oil of pennyroyal and cinnamon oil can be dangerous to pets.
Animals can have a severe allergic or toxic reaction to many products. Exercise caution when making choices for your pets (and you). Cats may not tolerate all essential oils. Some companies adding essential oils to their products are using perfume quality essential oils, not therapeutic grade.
If you have any questions, please consult your Veterinarian before using essential oils on your pets.
Fleas are small insects that parasitise the coats of a wide range of domestic animal species including cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, poultry, humans and rats and which survive by feeding on the blood of their . In appearance they are small (about 1 - 2.5mm in length, depending on the flea species) and yellowish to dark brown in color depending on whether they have recently fed or not (the abdomen of an engorged flea swells and appears paler brown in colour than that of an unfed flea - see the cat fleas pictures in the next section). Unlike ticks, mites or lice, which have a dorso-ventrally flattened, pancake-like shape (they look as though they have been squashed from above), fleas' bodies are flattened laterally such that their shape from the front appears tall and narrow (they look as though they have been squashed between two objects located on either side of them).
Like most other insects, fleas have three main body parts: a head, a thorax and an abdomen and, like most other insects, fleas have six legs (three on each side) that originate from the mid-section of the body (thorax). Unlike many other insects, fleas have no wings and do not fly. Perhaps to compensate for this inability to fly, the back legs of the flea are very highly developed (long and strong) compared to their other four legs and are designed for jumping. Fleas move from host to host and from host to environment to host by jumping through the air. The flea's back legs are also designed to propel the flea forwards through the animal's fur at high speed, which helps the insect parasite to evade the teeth and claws of the animal host as it attempts to remove the flea through biting, chewing and scratching activities. With the exception of the stick fast or stick tight flea, Echidnophaga (section 5), which establishes a blood-feeding position on the host (often on thinly furred or feathered regions like the legs, belly, neck, eyelids and ears) and remains there, most flea species are very mobile and are usually only seen by pet owners as brief glimpses of something brown scurrying slickly through the animal's hairs.
Flea eggs are shiny, white, ovoid eggs, about 0.5mm in length. They hatch to produce grub-like flea larvae that are about 2.5mm long (depending on species). These larval fleas look like tiny white caterpillars (they move like grubs or caterpillars do too) with a black centre or core that is located acentrally, towards the head-end of the larva. Under the microscope, this black core is actually bright red and constitutes the larval stomach, which is full of digesting blood from its diet. Flea pupae or cocoons are rarely seen by owners because they are located in the pet's bedding or elsewhere in the environment (e.g. pupal fleas in the carpet), not on the pet itself. The silky cocoons are sticky and rapidly become covered in dust granules and dirt debris from the environment, making them virtually unrecognisable to owners. They just look like small balls of dirt.
Types of Ticks
Both tick types bite hosts and suck their blood. Hard ticks pass from one stageof development to another following each blood meal.
Hard ticks undergo distinct larval, nymphal and adult stages. Soft ticks undergo a series of molts and feed more often than hard ticks.
The blacklegged tick is also known as the deer tick. Young deer ticks are active in spring and early summer, while adults are active in spring and fall. These ticks are known to be vectors of Lyme disease.
Few animals on Earth evoke the antipathy that mosquitoes do.
Their itchy, irritating bites and nearly ubiquitous presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods. They have an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat. And in our bedrooms, the persistent, whiny hum of their buzzing wings can wake the soundest of sleepers.
Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes are carriers, or vectors, for some of humanity’s most deadly illnesses, and they are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease. Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries.
There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes, but the members of three bear primary responsibility for the spread of human diseases. Anopheles mosquitoes are the only species known to carry malaria. They also transmit filariasis (also called elephantiasis) and encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes carry encephalitis, filariasis, and .West Nile Virus And Aedes mosquitoes, of which the voracious Asian tiger is a member, carry yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis.
Mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, and movement to home in on their victims. Only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood. When biting with their proboscis, they stab two tubes into the skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits ; blood clotting ,the other to suck blood into their bodies. They use the blood not for their own nourishment but as a source of protein for their eggs. For food, both males and females eat nectar and other plant sugars.
Mosquitoes transmit disease in a variety of ways. In the case of malaria, parasites attach themselves to the gut of a female mosquito and enter a host as she feeds. In other cases, such as yellow fever and dengue, a virus enters the mosquito as it feeds on an infected human and is transmitted via the mosquito’s saliva to a subsequent victim.
The only silver lining to that cloud of mosquitoes in your garden is that they are a reliable source of food for thousands of animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, and frogs. In addition, humans are actually not the first choice for most mosquitoes looking for a meal. They usually prefer horses, cattle, and birds.All mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is also widespread. However, global efforts to stop the spread of mosquitoes are having little effect, and many scientists think global warming will likely increase their number and range.
The Stealth Poison That Every Pet Owner Must Know About
There is a new “toxin of choice” for manufacturers of rodenticides (products that kill rats, mice and other rodents).
That substance is "bromethalin", and if your dog or cat ingests it, no test exists to detect its presence in your pet … nor is there an antidote.
Why is This New Toxin Being Used?
Why is Bromethalin So Deadly?
If you’re wondering what prompted rodenticide manufacturers to choose this particular killing agent for their products, there’s actually a logical reason behind it.
In 2008, the EPA decided rodenticide makers should phase out use of “second-generation” or long-acting anticoagulants (e.g., brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum) in rat poison products intended for residential use. The EPA’s directive was issued in an effort to make rodenticides safer for kids, pets and wildlife.
Manufacturers had to be in compliance with the new regulations by 2011, and in doing so many switched from anticoagulants to bromethalin in their products. The result of the EPA’s directive could be a potentially disastrous unintended consequence in that it has made the diagnosis and treatment of rodenticide poisoning more difficult.
So What’s a Pet Owner To Do?
Bromethalin is a neurotoxin that affects cells in the brain and liver.
It causes sodium accumulation within cells and results in fluid buildup within the brain.
Bromethalin poisoning is fast acting -- signs of brain swelling and central nervous system disturbance can appear within 2 to 24 hours after ingestion. The swelling compresses nerves, which then lose their ability to send messages.
Depending on how much poison has been ingested, symptoms can include unsteadiness, weakness, muscle tremors, paddling motions of the limbs, hyperexcitability, depression, vomiting, high fever, stiffness in the front legs, and seizures.
With anticoagulant toxicity, veterinarians typically have from about 3 days to a week to save the patient, but the rapid onset of bromethalin poisoning leaves almost no time for error.
Once an animal is showing , effective treatment becomes more difficult and costly, and the pet may only have a day or two to be saved. Even in cases for which treatment is successful, more emergency care and hospitalization is involved than in cases of anticoagulant poisoning.
Because there’s no antidote for bromethalin, decontamination (inducing vomiting and administering activated charcoal) is the primary treatment.
Not enough veterinarians are familiar with how to neutralize exposure to this toxin.
The severity of intoxication depends on how much bromethalin is ingested.
If a pet is discovered within 10 to 15 minutes of ingestion, the owner can induce vomiting. But beyond that very short window of time, vomiting should only be induced in a veterinary setting -- and the pet must then be monitored for acute signs of neurological impairment and given repeated doses of activated charcoal over a 24-hour period.
“Should clinical signs arise,” patients are treated with standard measures to reduce cerebral edema [swelling in the brain] including IV fluids, mannitol, etc.”
A pet who has recurrent seizures or paralysis after ingesting bromethalin has a poor prognosis.
One rodenticide manufacturer, d-Con, has refused to comply with the new regulations and continues to use an anticoagulant as its active ingredient.
Ideally, if you have pets, you don’t set toxic bait traps in your home.
If you have a rodent problem, I recommend a live trap called the Havahart®.
It’s a humane trap that catches mice, rats or other rodents so you can remove them from your home without using toxins or poisoning your environment.
Also, your pets should be supervised when they’re outside. Don’t let them consume rodents on your property or during walks around the neighborhood.
If you absolutely must use a bait trap containing a killing agent, the EPA offers a list of approved rodenticides that meet regulatory standards and can be used by homeowners. I recommend selecting a product that contains an active ingredient other than bromethalin.
Both diaphacinone and chlorophacinone are short-acting anticoagulants.
Should your pet ingest one of these substances, most veterinarians will be familiar with standard methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Your vet will perform an anticoagulant blood test called a clotting profile. The results should indicate how much poison was ingested and what dose of vitamin K – the treatment – is needed.
The outlook for a dog or cat that has been poisoned with bait containing an anticoagulant killing agent is based on how much was ingested, how long ago it was ingested, and what treatment was instituted afterward.
No rodenticide is entirely safe, but if you must use one, it makes sense to select a product that if ingested can be easily diagnosed and in most cases, effectively treated.
Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous?
Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 for help immediately!
The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is for your pet to get treated!
What to do if your dog or cat is poisoned:
- Remove your pet from the area.
- Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
- Do NOT give any home antidotes.
- Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.
- Call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.
- If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or clinic immediately.
Keep in mind that the prognosis is always better when a toxicity is reported immediately, so don’t wait to see if your pet becomes symptomatic before calling for help. It’s always less expensive, and safer for your pet for you to call immediately. Remember that there’s a narrow window of time when we can decontaminate (induce vomiting or pump the stomach) in the case of a poisoning!
|Excercise and the Aging Dog
Ideas and tips to keep senior dogs healthy and happy by maintaining regular exercise and bodyweight.
Typically senior dogs begin to show signs of age with a variety of symptoms. From joint pain and stiffness to hearing and vision issues, there are a wide range of concerns that can arise. Coupled with these possible issues is the fact that aging canines often are less active and therefore tend to gain weight which can cause further health concerns.
Regular exercise and activity can help to maintain a healthy body weight as well as prevent and delay many signs of aging. Therefore it is very important for senior dogs to maintain an active lifestyle but there are some things that pet owners should bear in mind when exercising older animals
Seek expert Advice When beginning any exercise regimen the expertise of a certified veterinarian should be sought.
There is a possibility of unknown health issues that may require professional assistance, especially when dealing with senior dogs. A certified veterinarian will be able to provide individualized advice on an exercise routine that is specific to your dog and his or her personal requirements.
Definition of a Senior Dog
This can be tricky as different breeds can have very different average life expectancies.
- Medium and small dogs average approximately 14-16 years
- Large and particularly giant breed dogs have the shortest average life span, often ranging a mere 7-9 years.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule and with proper nutrition and exercise many dogs can comfortably exceed these numbers.
Exercise Ideas for the Senior Dog Similar to humans, dogs’ energy requirements will decrease as they age. It is important to remember that exercise should be suited to the comfort and activity level of the dog, activities that are too strenuous will certainly not help to maintain physical condition and can in fact cause damage instead.
- Have fun! If your dog has always loved a particular sport or game adapt it to suit his or her current level of activity
- If the weather is suitable, get outdoors. Whether it is a walk or simply exploring the yard, enjoy the fresh air together. The change in scenery will be stimulating and new scents are always welcome to dogs of any age.
- Play fetch, indoors or out this is a great way to help dogs stay active.
- Go swimming, water activities are wonderful ways to maintain physical fitness with very little impact to joints.
Regardless of what the actual activity is, be creative and have fun. Senior dogs can live very full and rewarding lives with a little extra effort from their owners.
Here are some of the informative topics to learn more about an herb, supplement or type of complementary therapy for your pet.
An anti-fibrinolytic agent that is an agent that prevents the breakdown of fibrin, a protein needed for proper blood clotting.
There is a massive body of research into the potential benefits of antioxidants in people, laboratory animals, and cell cultures. Results of clinical data show some benefit to pets with allergies and arthritis.
In pets, it is often prescribed for conditions which may respond to the use of antioxidants.
Biological Response Modifiers
Biological response modifiers are large sugar molecules (immune polysaccharides), or sugar and protein molecules (glycoproteins) that interact with the receptors on the surface of immune system cells.
Black and Green Teas
Green tea might be beneficial in any condition calling for the use of antioxidants.
Calcium supplements are also often required to be added to home-prepared diets to ensure proper calcium balance. Without adequate calcium, painful bonedeformitities may arise.
Calendula, or Pot Marigold, is very commonly used in herbal medicine as a topical anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Its soothing effect is due to an ability to scavenge free radicals (which are products of inflammation), preventing them from causing further inflammation.
The main indication for carnitine supplementation is for the pet with heart disease, specifically dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs. There is no reason to suspect that it may not prove useful in the management of other small animal cardiac disorders, given its wide use in humans.
For pets with osteoarthritis, treatment with cetyl myristoleate may relieve pain, improve mobility and increase range of motion.
Chamomile is often administered orally to dogs and used topically in both dogs and cats. It is given orally to relieve anxiety and also to relieve inflammation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Choline is indicated as part of the therapy for dogs and cats with seizures (epilepsy.) Choline appears to be effective in treating small animal cognitive disorders (cognitive dysfunction, "doggy and kitty Alzheimer’s").
Any pet with degenerative joint disease and arthritis may benefit from treatment with chondroitin.
Coenzyme Q-10 has shown effectiveness in research studies conducted on dogs with heart disease and heart failure. Clinical experience suggests its effectiveness for pets with periodontal disease and as part of a cancer protocol.
Colostrum is the antibody-rich fluid produced from the mother’s mammary glands during the first day or two after birth. It contains a number of antibodies and growth factors, which young animals and humans can absorb intact for the first couple of days following birth.
Dimethylglycine is a highly unusual supplement, in that it is extremely popular despite the fact that all of its touted effects have largely been refuted by clinical and laboratory testing. It is most widely used as a performance enhancer by athletes and in dogs and horses that are bred for racing purposes.
Any pet can be treated with Echinacea. Given the clinical importance of recurrent upper respiratory infections in dogs, cats, horses, and rabbits, these species might especially benefit from Echinacea.
Enzymes catalyze virtually every function in the body, from digestion to tissue repair, and from hormone function to energy production. Without them, these same processes would occur much too slowly to be compatible with life.
Ephedra finds use in the treatment of chronic respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, and most notably asthma. Ephedra is also an important constituent of some commonly used traditional Chinese herbal formulas to treat low back and joint pain.
Eyebright (euphrasia officinalis) is an herb that has mild antimicrobial (antiseptic), anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. As the name suggests, it appears to have a special effect on the eye.
Fish Oil Supplements
Fish oil supplementation may be helpful for pets with inflammatory diseases including allergies, arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancers.
Flax Seed Oil
Like fish oil, flax seed oil is used to treat chronic inflammatory disorders. Fish oil is a direct source of EPA and DHA whereas the ALA within flax seed oil must be converted into DHA and EPA.
Any pet can be treated with flower essences; the most commonly treated animals are dogs and cats.
In pets, garlic is mainly used to decrease internal and external parasites. Flea control products for dogs and cats that utilize garlic are abound on pet supply store shelves.
The most famous medical use of ginger is as an anti-emetic (prevention of nausea and vomiting). Indeed, in Chinese medicine, ginger is consumed as a stomachic, to help support digestion and normalize gastric function.
In dogs, ginkgo is most commonly recommended for the treatment of cognitive disorder (a degenerative disorder of the brain causing a form of senility), with anecdotal reports of success.
Some practitioners use Ginseng in any weakened pet, to build resistance, reduce susceptibility to illness, and promote health and longevity. One of the most recent laboratory studies demonstrated that Korean Ginseng reduces liver cell rupture and minimizes fibrosis during liver repair.
Pets with lameness, bowel, or bladder disease may benefit from treatment with glucosamine.
Glutamine is often recommended for pets with chronic bowel disorders including inflammatory bowel disease and parvoviral enteritis, since it is the preferred fuel source of damaged intestinal epithelial cells.
Pets with arthritis are often treated with GAGS. GAGS function similar to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by decreasing the production of harmful pro-inflammatory compounds including prostaglandins that may degrade the cartilage matrix.
Bioflavonoids, as a class of biologically active chemical compounds, tend to have protective effects on specific tissues.
Home-Made Diets for Pets
Creating a balanced diet for a pet thus seems a formidable task, but there is an easy way to do it. Simply follow diet recipes that have been formulated by animal nutritionists or that otherwise are shown to meet the basic nutritional requirements for the species.
Medicinal mushrooms are currently most often used clinically in the treatment of cancer.
MGN-3 is the trade name for arabinoxylan that has been extracted from the bran of rice and then enzymatically treated with an extract of shiitake mushrooms. MGN-3 increases natural killer cell activity by stimulating increased levels of tumor necrosis factor and interferon.
MSM, (methylsulfonylmethane,) is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) product. MSM has been used for several years in the treatment of arthritis in pets.
N-acetylcysteine is used in veterinary medicine for the treatment of acetaminophen toxicity in cats and dogs. Other potential applications for NAC include the treatment of degenerative myelopathy, respiratory disease, chronic renal failure and feline immune deficiency virus (FIV).
Natural Approaches To Feeding Cats and Dogs
In general, cats are obligate carnivores, and require meat as the major part of their diet. Because of their differences, dogs and cats have specific requirements for certain essential amino acids (components of proteins) and other nutrients.
Nutraceuticals appear to be of benefit in both the treatment and prevention of disease. By using nutraceuticals, you may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for conventional medications, reducing the chances of any adverse effect.
Olive leaf has been used successfully for treating infections in pets for many years. Pets with infections, especially ear and skin infections, often show positive responses when treated. Olive leaf extract also possesses anti-oxidant properties, which may more rapidly reduce inflammation than when antibiotics are used alone.
Orthomolecular therapy (from ‘ortho’ meaning ‘right’) places its focus on providing optimal levels of nutrients and substances that are normally present in the body in order to either prevent the development of disease or to treat disease once it has occurred.
Perna is an effective supplement for pets with arthritis that has been used by veterinarians interested in alternative medicine for several years. The product is safe for use in both dogs and cats.
Probiotics are given orally and are recommended for patients showing symptoms of intestinal disorders. They are recommended to maintain or re-establish the normal balance of bacterial flora in the intestinal tract, and to treat overgrowth of pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria
Raw Food Diets for Dogs and Cats
Raw food diets are available commercially, or can be prepared at home. They contain whole animal and plant tissues that have not undergone processing to denature (break down) their proteins, starches and fats.
SAMe is widely prescribed for the same purposes in animals as it is in people. That is, SAMe is used for the treatment of canine cognitive disorders, suspected depression, osteoarthritis, and hepatitis.
Selecting Supplements for Your Pet
Just because a product is natural, doesn’t mean that it is safe. All medicines and medicinal plants are potentially toxic if used inappropriately or given to excess. The best source of information for the safety of supplements in domestic animals is your veterinarian.
The lubricating qualities make it desirable to try for pets, especially cats, with constipation. The lubricating qualities may also help soothe the upper respiratory passages of pets with bronchitis symptoms such as excessive coughing.
Soy Proteins / Isoflavones
Soy proteins have been speculated to potentially aid the treatment of estrogen-sensitive conditions in small animals, including benign prostatic hypertrophy (benign enlargement of the prostate gland) and hormonally responsive urinary incontinence.
St. John's Wort
While St. John’s Wort is typically thought of as promoting human mental health, research indicates that the herb is also anxiolytic (reduces anxiety) in some animal species.
Supplements for Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens are growing and developing rapidly. They have higher caloric requirements than adults, and require increased levels of fats and proteins in their diet in order to grow and develop both structurally and physiologically. Optimal nutrition is critical in the development of a healthy immune system.
Supplements for the Older Pet
Supplements are used to help counter the aging process. Effective use of supplements requires the consideration of patient factors such as the organ system that needs support, and product factors such as dosage, safety, efficacy and balance.
Tea Tree Oil
Historically, tea tree oil has been used externally to relieve muscle, joint and tooth pain; and to repel fleas and other external parasites, including sarcoptic mange.
Tellington Touch (TTouch) Therapy
TTouch was originally developed to address equine behavior and training problems, but has been applied to many other species, including dogs, cats, and humans. It has also been explored for use in zoo animals.
Acupuncture can be used on all species of animals, and has documented efficacy on a wide range of species, including elephants, cattle, horses, dogs, cats, monkeys, and rabbits.
Veterinary Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic manipulation is frequently performed on horses, dogs, and cats, but can theoretically be performed on any vertebrate species.
Veterinary Herbal Therapy
Animal treatments are frequently inspired by human herbal medicine, but veterinary expertise is required to select the appropriate formula and to address differences in metabolism between animals and humans, and between the various animal species.
Homeopathy is routinely practiced in dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, and birds. Its use in other exotic species is growing.
Veterinary Magnetic Therapy
The use of magnets as a medical treatment was documented in China in 2000BC, and references to its use can be found in the early cultures of India, Egypt and Greece.
Veterinary Massage Therapy
While the desire to touch animals is probably one of the first things we are aware of from the time we are newborn, massage therapy itself has been relatively recently adopted as a therapeutic modality by veterinary medicine, and borrows heavily from techniques used in human massage therapy. A few of the more common techniques include trigger-point massage, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, friction massage, and passive range of motion therapy.
Although various forms of physical therapy have undoubtedly been used for centuries on animals, the foundation for its use as an applied science is very recent. The American Association of Equine Practitioners established a set of guidelines for the practice of physical therapy on horses in 1993.
Veterinary Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM has been used in Eastern cultures to treat humans for thousands of years, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has used the same concepts and methods of diagnosis and treatment to treat animals for a similar period of time.
Weight Loss Supplements
An epidemic of obesity in both humans and companion animals has spawned a large trade in weight loss supplements. Some, such as those which contain ephedrine, have been eliminated from the market in the United States and Canada due to potential adverse cardiac effects. Some of the higher profile supplements remaining on the market include chitosan, pyruvate and linoleic acid.
White Willow Bark
White willow bark might be recommended as a pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory agent for pets with various disorders, especially arthritis.