When it is time to say good-bye

Our pets bring so much to our lives – love, companionship, joy, playfulness.  It is devastating to face the moment of truth when a beloved pet may be leaving our lives.  There are difficult decisions to make, finances to consider, and most importantly, we do not want our pet to suffer needlessly.  These decisions can be heart-wrenching, to say the least.

How do you decide how long to treat your pet, and with what?  Do you feel selfish by keeping your pet alive in order to avoid the loss?  There is often a dead end reached in allopathic medicine where ‘no more’ can be done.  In alternative medicine, however, there are many options to choose from regardless of your pet stage of life.

This is not to say that we can stop your pet from aging or stop the progression of disease, but there are definitely options that can improve your pet’s quality of life both mentally and physically.  These options include energy work, essential oils, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, homeopathy and animal communication.  Within each of these modalities, there are many options available to help your pet.

As you pet reached its ‘golden years’  seek out alternative therapies that you are comfortable and you will find great comfort for both you and your pet.

Talking to your pets

Do you find yourself scratching your head sometimes and wondering why your pets do certain things?  Have you ever wondered what your pets are thinking?   I sure did when my Chihuahua, C-Jay, continued to pee on the carpet after what I considered to be my best efforts to train her to use the litterbox or go outside.  See:                 http://drjudyholisticvet.com/2011/12/litterbox-training-your-dog/  to read about my adventure in litterbox training.

As an holistic veterinarian, I often see clients that rely on animal communicators to help them learn more about their pets.  I had never done this with my pets, although I have always been interested in learning more about what my pets are thinking and how we can live in better harmony.

I contacted Kate Solisti http://www.akinshipwithanimals.com/  for help with my litterbox issues.  She helped me understand where C-Jay was coming from, and gave me some useful advice and things I could modify to help curb the unpopular behaviors.  Kate is also very experienced in using flower essences to help pets modify their emotional experiences.

Chihuahuas are notorious for creating house-breaking challenges, and many of them end up in shelters each year due to a lack of resolution.  Believe me, they are very different from many of their canine counterparts.  By learning more about C-Jay’s viewpoint and what was driving her behavior, I was able to begin to resolve the situation.  We are still on week one of figuring this out, but I feel confident that we will come to a resolution.