Created by veterinarian Shawn Messonnier, National Holistic Pet Day celebrates the proper health and harmony of not only your pet’s body, but the mind and soul as well. Holistic pet care seeks to treat health conditions through nontraditional means, which can be just as effective, if not more so, than traditional methods. In fact, surveys have shown that more than 60 percent of people have or would resort to holistic treatments in favor of traditional ones.
While the idea of holistic medicine and practices may be foreign or misunderstood by most, the methods are actually quite logical and effective in the realm of medicine. Qualified practitioners and centers of treatment are abundant as are reputable techniques and methods. Holistic treatment is aligned with Traditional Chinese Medicine as they are both composed of several branches including acupuncture, herbal remedies, food therapy and exercise. Holistic medicine treats the mind, body, and soul as a whole, taking preventative measures into consideration, whereas traditional medicine opts for the seek-and-destroy methodology for treating ailments. Holistic medicine can be much more effective when treating chronic conditions like heart disease and arthritis, while avoiding the side effects and issues that traditional medicine causes.
With pet care, a combination of traditional and holistic treatments can ensure the best of health as each have their place in a good care regimen. Holistic care is a better choice for long term health of the entire body while traditional means can help with acute problems that require immediate treatment. Contrary to popular belief, holistic care is often cheap and accessible. If you have any other questions regarding holistic pet medicine, visit our resident veterinarian, Dr. Patrick Mahaney’s page, where you can send him an email and have your questions answered for free.
Dr. Shawn Messonier was kind enough to answer a few questions regarding National Holistic Pet Day:
Q: Why did you start/create NHPD?
A: To celebrate health rather than disease and to focus on natural healing rather than a lifetime committment to chronic medication
Q: In your opinion, what is the best way to celebrate NHPD?
A: Visit a holistic vet for a checkup and get your pet started on a natural wellness plan.
Q:What are the benefits of holistic medicine?
A: It focuses on overall healing and staying healthy rather than always treating illness.
Q: What pets can benefit from holistic treatments?