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Pets Feel Stress Too
Much like humans, dogs and cats suffer the pitfalls of the sedentary lifestyles which characterize modern society. Our beloved family pet’s ancestors were true predators who hunted in wide open spaces, wooded areas, hills and through marshes, and lived in highly structured groups. Today, our pets share our living space in homes and apartments, quite literally caged in by walls. They have very little contact with other animals of their own species. Having become victims of their masters’ urban lifestyle, more and more dogs today, and to a lesser extent cats, are affected by stress and nervousness.
Solitude and Inactivity
Pets have a profound fear of solitude. In fact, a dog that spends 10 hours a day alone, waiting for his master to return can suffer such severe boredom that it can lead to neurosis. Some dogs might start to gnaw at table legs or run in circles for hours, while others may scratch or lick their paws incessantly, causing serious skin lesions.
Inactivity is the other principal cause of hypersensitivity. A quick five minute walk; so, the animal can do his business is simply not enough to satisfy the exercise needs of a shepherd or hunting dog. The animal will start to compensate by barking, agitation, loss of appetite, or bulimia.
Homeopathic remedies are helpful to soothe the animal while lifestyle changes are being put into place to eliminate the causal factors hindering the animal’s wellbeing. Homeopathics, as opposed to classic tranquilizers, do not sedate the animal and do not cause side effects. However, it should be noted that a complete remission of the dog’s symptoms and return to health will require a restructuring of his master’s lifestyle and habits.
To support and balance the nervous system, the following remedies could be used:
Nux vomica: Surly, impatient and irritable animal, seeming hyper and reflective. Tendency to pounce the minute someone tries to touch him or approaches his territory;
Rhus toxicodendron: Animal with agitated psyche, always wanting to stroll; agitated sleep, gets up during the night;
Sumbul moschatus: Excessively emotional, anxious; unstable mood, excited at night;
Kali bromatum: Physical agitation, cerebral agitation. Gets aggravated at night, possibly has night terrors.
Additionally practitioners rely quite heavily on certain specialty veterinary formulations. These formulas are typically composed of the primary homeopathic medicines that address a given pathology. They are easy to use and generally come in alcohol-free liquid form, so as to be easy to administer to your pet.
Finally, I’d like to leave you with one final piece of advice: adopting an animal is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Make your choice realistically: chose an animal for whom you can provide a happy life, as opposed to simply opting for the “animal of your dreams.” Talk to your vet before adopting.
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