Dogs need herbal meds, too

Q: I have a nine-year-old dog named Jesse who is like my child.

Recently, Jesse has become very emotionally dependent. We moved, and this change has triggered strange behaviour such as ripping up clothes, barking when we leave the house, and having many “accidents” inside the house.

He has also gained weight and I am worried about his diet.

A friend told me homeopathic remedies can be used for the treatment of animal conditions. Is this true? Can you offer some tips?

Signed, Jesse

A: First, lets talk about the diet. The best diet for your dog or cat is not dissimilar to the best diet for you — it consists of a variety of whole foods, and, when necessary, enhanced with vitamins and minerals, enzymes and supplements to promote optimal health, prevent disease or to address health issues.

Fresh food is teaming with life. It contains natural enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals in their most natural state making them more digestible and more easily assimilated.

Overweight pets are at increased risk of developing orthopedic problems, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and liver disease.

So keep this in mind when you reach for the treat jar for the 10th time.

If you don’t have time to make a home-prepared meal for your pet, look for raw-frozen food at you local holistic pet store.

Keeping your dog on the same dry food for years can be unhealthy. Just think of yourself eating dry cereal for 10 years, 3 times a day.

Changing a place of residence for a pet that is older can be stressful.

Flower essences can also be safely used for mild anxiety and separation disorders for Jesse. They can be given orally, dropped in the drinking water or rubbed into the skin at the ears and paws. There are some pre-mixed homeopathic formulas on the market designed for different pet anxieties, such as Leak No More or Pet Anxiety. There are a variety of formulations available for a multitude of emotional difficulties, so it is best to read through the descriptions of each essence to get a sense of which seems to match your companion’s issues best.