Homeopathy, Shmo-meopathy!

Ok, so prepare yourself for the Woo Woo! Homeopathy requires you to put your science mind to one side. As a person with a scientific background when I first encountered homeopathy I thought it was an utter load of tosh! However… My personal experience and my personal views: I first used homeopathy on recommendation of a friend who suggested to help with my first ever rescue, a staffy called Taz. She had a contact reaction (atopic dermatitis) to wet grass, and as she had a bare belly she would get these horrendous, hot red welt rashes. Nothing seemed to stop this, and treating her post rash took time; a period during which she was obviously in a lot of discomfort. My friend suggesting giving

Flower Essences

“The state of our emotions are a crucially overlooked factor in the treatment of disease” Edward Bach 1930 Flower essences help to heal negative emotions to improve our physical health Flower Essences are a safe and effective therapy for all animals, at any time and all stages of life. Flower essences are generally prepared from a sun infusion of either wildflowers or pristine garden blossoms in a bowl of water, which is further diluted and potentized, and preserved with brandy. Quality preparation requires careful attention to the purity of the environment, the vibrancy and potency of the blossoms, celestial and meteorological conditions, and sensitive study of the physical and energetic pr

Applied Zoopharmacognosy...tell me more!

“Applied Zoopharmacognosy (IAZ) enables self-medicative behaviour in domesticated or captive animals by offering plant extracts that would contain the same, or similar constituents to those found in an animal’s natural environment” Caroline Ingraham AZ enables your dog to effectively self-medicate by choosing what they feel they need to heal themselves – both physically and emotionally. Sounds incredible and fantastical right? [endif]--Well, animals in the wild have been documented doing this over many years and there have been many studies and examples demonstrating this. Evidence has been captured on a wide range of animals from chimpanzees, Kodiak bears, starlings, elephants, goats and

The choice of Conventional vs Complementary...is it cut & dried?

All veterinary practitioners (conventional or not) would agree that the most successful way to combat a health disorder is to understand what the cause is, and how it manages to overcome or bypass the animal’s natural defences Holistic health care is more about helping the animal to heal itself, by making available the best environment to enable this to happen. Conventional veterinary medicine uses scientific principles and techniques to diagnose and treat illness. However, complimentary, alternative or integrative veterinary medicine covers a wide variety of systems of diagnosis and treatments, and are often ‘holistic’ recognising the interplay of mind, body and spirit – something which is

The Wonder of Herbs for Dogs

The dictionary gives two definitions for ‘herb’. The first one, the more technical, is “a seed producing plant that does not develop persistent woody tissues but dies down at the end of the growing season.” The second definition is more general, but most commonly used as ”a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savoury or aromatic qualities”, “Medicinal” meaning for health purposes, including the treatment and prevention of disease. Sometimes people speak of herbalism as alternative medicine. The implication is that the conventional medicine is the standard, and that anything else is alternative. But most herbalists actually see it the other way around. Herbs have been around for m

GUMS!!! The Windows to your Dog's Health?

We look at the colour of humans' faces to determine their health; in dogs, on the other hand, we can get an idea of the dog's overall health by simply looking at the colour of the gums. Dogs gums and teeth are a great indicator of health and of course healthy teeth and gums are also key to maintaining overall good health. They are easy to check and can be indicative as well as affected by a wide variety of things. So what you need to know: Firstly what do normal gums look like? Not all dogs have the same gums!! These mucous membranes act as a protective barrier but also have a rich blood supply which can indicate something is afoot if the colour changes. Colour is everything – and getting a

Holistic? Eh? Wha ya talkin 'bout!

Welcome to Holistic Hound and our approach towards holistic pet care for healthy happy pets. Our mission is to share with you our experience and expertise to enable you to have a more proactive role in your dog's overall health and wellbeing, promoting as much as possible that prevention of "dis-ease" is better than cure! But what exactly do we mean by holistic? To expel some common misconceptions - holistic does not automatically mean natural; and natural doesn't automatically mean safe..... cliffs are natural, but are they safe? I am sure you will agree that good health is a state of complete physical, emotional, mental and social well being not merely the absence of disease. Our aim in ou

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No medicinal properties are claimed for any of these items but they can help in the maintenance of good health. Whilst we are happy to discuss any problems you may be experiencing with you or your dogs, we are not allowed by law to either offer a diagnosis or prescribe any treatments and may only give general information and teach you how to look after your own pets. If you are in any doubt about the health of your animals you must always consult your vet in the first instance. 

 If you or  your pets are either trying to conceive, pregnant or lactating or taking prescribed or over the counter medicines or suffer from any allergies, sensitivities or on-going health problems then it is essential that you contact your vet or doctor as appropriate for advice before using any of the products

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