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Integrative Pet Care Resources

Online resources for your pet

Our job is to help support the body’s innate tendency toward wellness. The interaction of informed nutrition choices, appropriate supplement selection and judicious use of vaccines are some of the areas where pet guardians can influence wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit.

In the sections below you will find a listing of helpful internet resources for your pets. This will take you away from promotinganimalwellness.com and may not have the best presentation on mobile devices. Feel free to visit them from your desktop computer.

Nutrition

Every day we affect our pets’ health when we feed them. Nutrients, ingredients and supplements all contribute to either supporting a state of well-being or challenging it. Unfortunately, there’s nothing simple about pet nutrition. The choices at the pet supply stores can be overwhelming. Advice given by vets, friends and sales people can be contradictory. These links were selected to help support you in making informed decisions about pet food.

Supplements

Whether dealing with supplements for yourself or your pet, it is important to know if the products you are interested in have undergone regulatory testing. For pets, look for the National Animal Supplement Council seal or current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) on the label. ConsumerLab reviews both human and companion animal products. Species-specific product choices and veterinary supervision are key to safe and effective use of supplements.

Wellness

Nutrition. Supplements. Vaccinations. It all comes down to doing all we can to help our pets achieve and maintain health. Integrative veterinarians are less focused on battling specific diseases or microbes and more concerned with supporting the pet as a whole, so the immune system can function optimally. Wellness is not the suppression of symptoms. It is a dynamic state of balanced energy.

Specific Conditions

Integrative veterinary medicine is frequently sought out for older pets, where a gentler, less invasive approach is required to manage an imbalance (disease) or mitigate the side effects of conventional care. The following are links that provide information on the best of conventional and holistic approaches to some all too common pet health concerns. Please contact me if there is a specific condition that you would like to see added to list and I will search for reliable resources to share in this section. Thank you!

Local (Hudson Valley, New York)

The scenic Hudson Valley of New York State is a great place for natural pet care and greener living. From farm fresh local produce to the ecclectic shops of Sugar Loaf, making healthy choices can be fun for you and your pet.

Suggested Reading List

Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs

My number one reference. The first place I turn to when I need healing for my own pets or have a challenging case. Very accessible for any pet care experience level.

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Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food

Cooking for your pet should be safe and easy. And it is with this reference.

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Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing

One of two books by Allen Schoen introduced me to integrative care for pets and inspired me to become a veterinarian.

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Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

The second of two books by Allen Schoen introduced me to integrative care for pets and inspired me to become a veterinarian.

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