Holistic Pet Care: Herbal Remedies, Homemade Recipes, Energy Medicine + So Much More
We just welcomed in two new family members into our home yesterday-- a beautiful black 6 week old kitty from the back of hilled homes in North East LA and a 8 week old Italian Mastiff from a LA family's litter
Its been about 8 months now that our 4 year old 80 lb black mastiff-lab, Soma, went missing. Its taken awhile for me personally to feel ready to welcome a new pup since then but after our dream move to Big Bear Lake a few weeks ago happened and we are finally settled in to a larger space, I feel more than ready. That being said, when I was care taking for my past pets (Soma and our family dog Olive), I learned a lot about giving them the most natural food and products, including herbal medicine!
I had so much fun coming up with super safe and healthy alternatives for them and watching the results of their health just blossom! So I decided to spend a week sharing all that I could through Instagram last January. And now that I have animals back in my life, I want to repost them here for easier access and to refresh myself a bit too! I hope you all find joy out of care taking your pets with natural earthy products just as much as I do! Its so accessible these days with tons of trial and errors posted on the internet. Feel free to ask me anything anytime-- I will be diving full in once again!
This is a consolidation and edit of 8 Instagram posts I did on Holistic Pet Care and Tried-&-True Herbal Remedies This article is PACKED with info, years of experience & research!!!
+ Natural Animal Rearing
+ Homemade Raw Food Diet
+ Herbal Flea & Tick Remedies
+ Animal Communication for Beginners
+ Homemade Herbal Dog Treats
1. NATURAL ANIMAL REARING
What is Natural Rearing? This is simply taking care of our pets by mimicking their ancestor's natural state in the wild as close and fit as possible.
What does this entail?
+ A huge focus on diet, specifically Raw Meat & Bones along with other Animal Products, Grains, Vegetables, Legumes, Fruits &Herbs
+ Choosing Herbs for medicinal care as one's first choice + Adequate exercise, especially off-leash play time + Frequent access to a natural environment
(Dirt, wild grass, trees, shrubs)
+ Behavioral order
(A clear pack leader, training in basic manners) + Socialization with other dogs (started as a puppy) + Healthy communication & respect between species
I have done much research on this topic but hands down most of my experience has come from implementing what I learned with my own dogs & failing a lot & adjusting it to fit our suburban/city life. Essentially doing any of these steps will increase the health and happiness of our animal friends but the biggest impacts are Food and Exercise. I have seen my dog's health completely transform from having a solid diet and consistent exercise routine.
2. NATURAL DOG FOOD IMPORTANT: if switching over to a raw meat diet after a canned diet, age breed and transition is highly relevant! If your dog is over 4 years old, i would suggest talking with a trained professional first before any major diet shift.
I find proper food feeding to be one of the most important responsibilities as a pet owner! Most pet troubles that need medical attention are caused by an inadequate diet. First of all, dogs are carnivores, so their main source of nutrients should be coming from raw meat and bones. They have very acidic digestive juices in their mouth and stomach specifically for eating raw flesh and teeth structured to chew and crush raw bones as if they just caught a live prey. Secondly, they have very small stomaches so they are meant to be eating small highly nutrient-dense meals, exactly what raw meat gives them. What cooked meat does is it slowly trains the animal's body to do way less work, which in turn, not having much of a function, starts decreasing in efficiency and life force. It creates body order, bad breathe, skin & hair problems, kidney disorders, teeth issues, organ failure and a host for worms. Thirdly, raw meat meat and bones gives them the nutrients straight from the source, without the high levels of processing and 'watering down'.
Do not mix cooked and raw meat together! Its either one diet or the other. Dogs are also well adaptable and have evolved and been bred into hundreds of breeds. So, they also thrive off of many types of other foods.
Here is a list of what a dog can eat:
MEAT + BONES serving 1:1 ratio / room temp mimicking fresh caught prey / serve bones always after meat / never small bones like chicken ribs Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, Deer, Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Pheasant Cow, Bison, Tuna, Mackerel, Herring, Salmon
fresh liver at least 2x week
diversity of organ meat highly recommended FRUITS + VEGGIES: Figs, Carrot, Coconut, Celery, Peas, Chard, Seaweed
Cooked: Turnips, Parsnips, Sweet potato, Pumpkin
OTHER: Raw eggs + finely crushed shell (4x week at most) Raw milk, cottage cheese (small amount) Oats, Barley, Spelt, Rye, Corn meal, Rice Sprouted beans, Sesame (tahini), Flaxseed, Carob, Peanut, Walnut
Yes i know this sounds overwhelming but it really becomes second nature once you and you pup get in the flow! This is also just a list of what they can eat and not all needs to be apart of regular diet.