If you’re a pet parent, you know. It’s not a dog. It’s not a cat. It’s your heart walking around on four legs. And when you love an animal, their pain is your pain. Their health is your happiness.
Sometimes, though, relying on traditional veterinary medicine might not feel quite right for your fur baby. Whether your little one is battling a health condition, or you’re simply looking to keep your little darling happy and strong for years to come, alternative medicine may just be what you’re looking for.
The Promise of Kratom
There are few things worse than seeing your pet in pain. There’s such helplessness in knowing they can’t tell you what hurts, in knowing they don’t understand what is happening to them. But sedatives and narcotics aren’t exactly an ideal solution.
They can be dangerous, especially for older pets, carrying significant risk for potentially lethal side effects, such as liver damage and kidney failure. Plus, they don’t necessarily contribute to your pet’s quality of life, including causing lethargy and significant stomach upset. After all, what kind of quality of life is there if your fur baby is too drugged or too nauseated to enjoy it?
There’s increasing evidence, though, that kratom, a homeopathic remedy used to treat pain and anxiety in humans, can also be highly beneficial for your fur baby. In small doses, kratom can provide instant pain relief, including relieving the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia — all without the side effects associated with the analgesics, steroids, and anti-inflammatories used in conventional medicine.
But it’s not only that, kratom has also shown to be effective in preventing seizures and reducing anxiety in your pets. The important thing, though, is to consult with your fur baby’s veterinarian to see if kratom could be a good option for your little one.
CBD derivatives, from oils to edibles, have received a lot of press lately for the potential to help manage pain and reduce anxiety in humans. But there’s increasing evidence that CBD can also be safe and highly effective for your pet and for many of the same reasons.
It’s proving to be particularly effective for treating situational anxiety in dogs. Simply rubbing a bit of CBD oil on their gums or the inside of the ear can be wonderfully soothing. The key, though, is to ensure that you’re sourcing your CBD oil from the best suppliers, particularly those who produce their oils from organic hemp only.
But CBD and kratom are far from the only natural remedies that pet owners are using to help calm their pets and relieve their pain. Valerian root, for example, can be a wonderful sleep aid, while a massage with essential oils can be miraculous for elderly pets’ aching muscles and joints.
In addition to natural supplements, other ancient remedies can work wonders for your fur babies. Acupuncture, for example, can provide significant pain relief, can help improve appetite and circulation, and can even relieve muscle spasms and nausea. Best of all, if you have pet insurance, there’s a strong possibility your plan will cover some or all of these alternative therapies.
Pet parenting is both a pleasure and a privilege. It brings great joy and great responsibility. That includes giving your fur baby the healthiest and happiest life possible. Alternative medicines can be an extraordinary benefit in doing just that, helping to ease the pain of sick and aging pets, to soothe the anxieties of scared and timid fur babies, and overall ensuring your little four-legged companion enjoys the quality of life they deserve.