Pet Lover

Pet Lover's Guide to Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs

Part of the Pet Lover's Guide series, this volume presents detailed information on alternative therapies for both dogs and cats. Written in a clear, simple manner, the book is divided into three main parts. Part 1, on diet and natural therapies, addresses the importance of diet for pets, and discusses the pros and cons of both commercially available and homemade diets. It also covers the basic explanations of the various alternative therapies widely used by holistic veterinarians and readily available to pet owners (e.g., supplements and herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and other manual healing). Part 2 makes recommendations for specific health conditions, such as skin problems or digestive tract problems, and describes how various alternative therapies are used alone or in combination with allopathic therapies to treat or relieve the condition. Finally, Part 3 offers an overview of health maintenance and preventive health, and includes information about vaccinations, flea and tick control, weight control, and caring for the aging pet.

Paperback, 648 Pages

Published: August 2005

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4160-2986-1

Contents

  • 1. Natural Therapies For Your Pet

    Why Use Natural Therapies?
    So What’s Different About Holistic Medicine?
    Health and Well-Being Of Your Pet
    Signs of Poor Health In Animals
    The Urban Pet and Free Radicals
    Stress and Health

    2. Practical Steps to Prevent Disease and Improve Well-Being

    The Annual Exam
    How “Old” Is Your Pet Compared With Humans?
    10-Point Home Health Check
    When to Take Your Pet to The Veterinarian
    Improving Health
    10 Steps to Greater Well-Being And Health

    3. Holistic Nutrition

    Nutrition Basics
    Classes of Nutrients
    What to Feed

    4. Nutrition Boosters

    Starting With Supplements

    5. Herbs

    Herb Safety
    Using Herbal Medicines
    Herbal Preparations
    Dosages
    A Pet Herbal Home Pharmacy
    Herbal Material Medica
    Indoor Herb Garden for Cats

    6. Physical Therapies

    Acupuncture and Acupressure
    Trigger Point Therapy
    Chiropractic
    Physical and Rehabilitation Therapy
    Hands-On Healing

    7. Homeopathy

    The Principles of Homeopathy

    8. Bach Flower Remedies

    Preparation
    Dosage Choosing the Remedies
    Aromatherapy (Dogs Only)

    9. Recommendations

    Guidelines
    Treatment Options

    10. Detoxification Program

    Some General Principles
    Toxins
    Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)
    Dysbiosis
    Vaccination
    A Naturopathic Approach to Chronic Disease
    Natural Therapies for Dysbiosis And Leaky Gut Syndrome
    Repair
    Tonics
    Corticosteroid Use
    Basic Detoxification Program
    Short-Term Modified Fast Of 1-3 Days
    Bowel Detoxification
    Liver Detoxification
    When to See Your Veterinarian
    What to Ask Your Veterinarian

    11. Skin and Coat

    Maintaining Skin and Coat Health
    Signs of Skin Disease
    Long-Term or Recurrent Skin Problems
    What You Can Do
    Therapies to Consider Seeking If Problems Persist
    Itchy and Overgrooming Cats
    Itchy Dogs
    Dog Skin Allergies
    Bacterial Skin Disease and Hot Spots
    Yeast or Malassezia Dermatitis Of Dogs
    Dry Skin and Dandruff
    Cat Acne
    Hair Loss and Shedding
    Blocked Anal Glands
    Lick Granulomas
    Doggy Odor
    Demodectic Mange
    Wounds, Stings, and Trauma

    12. Digestive System

    Maintaining A Healthy Digestive System
    Chronic Digestive Problems and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Food Allergies
    Dental Health and Dental Disease
    Bad Breath
    Acute Diarrhea
    Coprophagy-Eating “Poo”
    Constipation
    Flatulence
    Chronic Vomiting
    Liver Disease
    Pancreatic Problems
    Diabetes

    13. Ears and Eyes

    Ears
    Eyes

    14. The Immune System

    Stress
    Immune Deficiency
    Allergies
    Autoimmune Disease
    Feline Infections Peritonitis (FIP)
    Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
    Feline Leukemia Virus (Felv)
    Cancer
    Lymphatic System and Spleen Health
    Infections and Antibiotic Use

    15. Disorders of the Grandular System

    Diabetes
    Adrenal Gland Health and Stress
    Addison’s Disease
    Cushing’s Syndrome
    Hypothyroid Disease
    Hyperthyroid Disease

    16. Muscles, Bones, and Joints

    Pain
    Maintaining Muscle Strength and Function
    How to Prevent Injuries In Dogs
    Arthritis-Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Osteochondrosis
    Hip Dysplasia
    Lyme Disease
    Leg Injuries
    Myopathy

    17. The Spine and Nervous System

    The Nervous System
    Vestibular Syndrome In Senior Dogs And Cats
    Nerve Paralysis
    Epilepsy and Seizures
    Head Injuries And Brain Problems
    Cognitive Disorder or Senility In Older Animals
    Back Pain and Spinal Problems
    Disk Disease, Protrusion; Prolapsed, Slipped Disk
    Wobbler Syndrome: Cervical Vertebral Instability
    Degenerative Myelopathy

    18. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

    Maintaining Health
    The Cardiovascular System
    The Respiratory System

    19. The Urinary Tract and Reproductive System

    Maintaining Urinary Tract Health
    Bladder Infection-Cystitis
    Bladder Stones-Urolithiasis
    Xanthine
    Incontinence (Bladder)
    Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD, Also Known As FUS)
    Kidney Disease
    Female Reproductive System
    Female Infertility
    False Pregnancy
    Mastitis
    Pyometra or Metritis
    Male Infertility
    Prostrate Disorders

    20. Behavior

    Dogs
    Cats

    21. Maintaining Optimal Health

    Routine Health Care
    Weight Control
    Vaccination
    Heartworm Prevention
    Flea and Tick Control
    Aging
    Surgery or Hospitalization: Preparation and Recovery

    References
    Appendix Elimination Diets
    Glossary

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