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Holistic Love:  Ancient Approaches to the Modern Pet

Pets are often the ones that fall through the cracks of our busy days. Each morning we face a mountain of responsibility, and how do our ultra-modern lifestyles affect our ultra-modern pets? Less space to romp around in, truncated time outdoors and less fruitful companionship with busy owners can have myriad physical, emotional and spiritual consequences on our pets.

That's why the holistic approach to our pets is so important. The holistic approach recognizes that everything that happens around a pet or directly to a pet has an impact on his or her body, soul and mind.

Chaotic family life, for example, produces frenetic energy all around a dog. That energy actually affects the dog’s entire being: behavior, general health, appetite and even shedding.

Holistic pet health practitioners recognize that the body contains a central force that keeps it in harmony. Some call that energy Chi. The key to a healthy, happy pet is to keep the energy in proper balance, regulating all the parts of the body and the various external energies. When an animal's health is compromised or begins to age, this force can become weak or misdirected, causing the body to lose its energy balance.

Pets withstand damage every day. Many eat nutritionally inadequate food and treats loaded with byproducts and preservatives. They jump from high distances, walk on chemically treated lawns ... the list goes on and on. As pets get older and stiffer, their ability to stretch and dart up stairs lessens, especially if they have had a sedentary youth.

Sometimes even a long winter indoors can make pets emerge feeling a little creaky and less agile.

We at HealthyPetNet believe in the holistic approach to our pets. We believe in prevention as opposed to conjuring up an army of cures for a health issue that could have been prevented in the first place. This is not a brand spanking new trend. The holistic approach is an ancient one and there's nothing like bringing in the old to help the new.

Doing energy work on your pet on a regular basis, even if your pet is in good shape, can make a marvelous difference in your pet's current health. It can also greatly enhance the relationship you have with your pet. However, most pet owners aren't well versed in the ancient ways of Reiki or acupuncture.

So, as owners, how can we keep our pets healthy with our own two hands?

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 March 2006 Issue

Dr. Jane Bicks
Veterinarian
Product Formulator

First and foremost,
Dr. Jane is the ultimate pet person. She shares her life with a dog, a goat, two horses, a monkey, and two cats. Her pets are her family and she is dedicated to their health and happiness. Dr. Jane knows you feel the same way about your pets and she has devoted her life to the health and wellness of our precious companions.

Dr. Jane is a highly respected and nationally recognized holistic veterinarian. She is the author of three national books on pet care and nutrition and has served on professional boards including the Cornell Feline Health Center.  Dr. Jane is responsible for HealthyPetNet's product formulation and development.

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